CrossFit® Athlete Armand Poreaux Trains with Cerebral Palsy and Excels Through Strength

If you’re connected to the Instagram fitness world, then there’s a good chance you’ve seen the video of CrossFit® athlete Armand Poreaux smoking a 70kg clean at his home box, Remes CrossFit. Within 24-hours of sharing the video, it had amassed well over one million views, along with sparking a huge snowball of motivation across multiple fitness focused Instagram pages.

For those who haven’t seen the video, we’ve included it below. Poreaux is a strength athlete that loves and trains on a regular basis, and works around Cerebral Palsy. “I’ve had a motor disability since birth that makes it more difficult for me to move, coordinate, focus, and speak. Despite that, I live a normal life,” Poreaux told us.

Cerebral Palsy is a term that describes a variety of movement disorders that often begin at birth due to abnormalities in the brain. Poreaux has always been into sports, but it was only somewhat recently he truly immersed himself into CrossFit. “It’s been six months since I discovered CrossFit, thanks to my friend Adrien Petrel,” he tells us.

In terms of strength sports, Poreaux originally started his love for the gym with bodybuilding. “It’s been two years since I practiced bodybuilding, and I had no motivation for the sport. The trigger for starting CrossFit was the development of a CrossFit space at the back of a garage by my friend Adrien. So as soon as Remes CrossFit opened I signed up.”

Outside of strength sports, Poreaux loves to practice motocross and mountain bike. “In addition to, and before CrossFit I practiced the bike on circuit, mountain bike, and motocross. I have always been sporty.”

Out of all the lifts, he explains that the snatch is his favorite lift. “My favorite exercise is the snatch because it works the whole body and is very technical for me. I don’t practice it in full completely yet, but I’m working on it.”

CrossFit has helped Poreaux in many ways outside of the gym. He explains, “I am a little impatient in life, and Crossfit is a sport that demands a lot out of being patient. It requires a lot of determination and will. It’s helping me learn to be patient and leave nothing behind.”

When his video was originally shared by Remes CrossFit, Poreaux had no idea how fast it would gain traction. “I never would have thought my video would make such a big impact, make it all the way to the United States, and that it would be such a success.

Poreaux told us, “I will make other videos in the future on Facebook and Instagram, to track my evolution, but also to show that everything is possible.” We don’t know about you, but we’re excited to watch Poreaux’s growth in the sport, and we’ll be following him along the way.
Feature image screenshot from @armandporeaux Instagram page. 

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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.