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Weightlifting helps spinal-cord-injured man rebuild body, confidence

Published: March 7, 2011

John Lee likes to brag about Paul Jones, one of his clients at the gym he operates in back of his home in East Memphis.

“Paul is the strongest bench presser I have,” Lee says of the 27-year-old former college student who routinely hoists and pumps 70-pound dumbbells, one in each hand, during their regular workouts.

Lots of young men can lift weights, but few are like Jones, who has been paralyzed below the chest and able to move only his arms since October 2008.