Just like others at a Charlottetown gym, Kyle Jay takes to the weight machines for a solid workout.
It's a far cry from where Jay was six years ago, when all he could do was blink his eyes after suffering a brain stem stroke at just 18 years of age.
Jay uses a wheelchair, and can’t speak because of a tracheotomy. But his progress has been strong enough since the stroke that he recently took his first steps with the help of a walker.
"At one point we were told he’d never move,” says his father, Garth Jay. “You you can see for yourself that that's certainly not the case."
His father credits some of Kyle's improvement to help his son receives from two trainers: Jason Mosher, and professional wrestler “Cowboy” Mike Hughes.
He's been working out with the two for four years and trains three times a week.
“Kyle’s a great fellow,” Hughes said. “He’s a young guy who’s driven. He wants to get better and he’s the most motivating, ambitious person that I’ve ever met.”
As he lifts weights, Kyle’s determination shows by the strain written across his face. It’s the type of effort that others at the gym notice.
"It kind of puts things in perspective pretty quickly,” Mosher said. “He inspires a lot of people."