Patient Leader

David Lyons, co-founder of the MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) with wife Kendra, has dedicated his life to helping people with MS understand and be educated on the importance of fitness in their lives. He is the recipient of the National MS Society Milestone Award and faith based author of David’s Goliath, a book on his journey to a bodybuilding stage with MS; writer for Everyday Health; owner of the OPTIMALBODY fitness brand. In 2013 David received the Health Advocate of the Year Award with Lou Ferrigno. And in 2015, at almost 57 years old, he was the only person with MS to receive the Health Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award from Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as the Lifetime Fitness Inspiration Award in Feb 2016, next to bodybuilding legend Mike Quinn at the Global Bodybuilding Organization’s International Fitness Expo. In January, 2017 David received the Special Recognition Award from the National Fitness Hall of Fame and later in the year he was honored as a Founding Partner of the organization’s Institute for learning. David is considered the face of MS and fitness worldwide and his fitness book, Everyday Health & Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis was a #1 New Release on Amazon while his MS Fitness Training Specialist certification partnered with the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) educates trainers internationally on how to work with MS clients. David is the Senior Fitness Director of MS Workouts and is the Vice President of Adaptive Sports for the United Intercontinental Bodybuilding Fitness Federation (UIBFF). Lyons is a 2019 inductee in the National Fitness Hall of Fame for his work as a fitness educator. Lyons has appeared on Good Day LA, FOX and CBS News and other TV and radio shows nationwide as well as in print media. His Facebook group MS Fitness Challenge GYM is the largest platform for MS and fitness on social media. https://www.facebook.com/groups/674667742732961/


Murrieta, CA


Health Activist Hero Lifetime Achievement

I am the only person to have ever received the Health Advocate Lifetime Achievement award from Arnold Schwarzenegger for what I am accomplishing with and for MS. I have a MS fitness charity, endorsed by athletes and celebrities which my wife Kendra and I started with no charity experience that in 3 years is now worldwide helping thousands of MSers.  — David


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