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A Show of Strength: American Muscle's Mike Barwis Helps People Walk Again

American Muscle's Mike Barwis Helps People Walk Again

Originally posted 07/23/2014 06:00PM



Mike Barwis is a complicated fella. As one of the world's top strength-training coaches, Barwis – who is the focus of Discovery's new sports docuseries, American Muscle – can often be seen reducing 300-lb. NFL linemen to quivering, sobbing and vomiting wrecks with his insanely grueling workouts.

"How many people have I made vomit? I don't know if I can count that high," the raspy-voiced Barwis, the former strength and conditioning coach of the University of Michigan's football team, tells PEOPLE. "I push people to the wall and sometimes that involves ... well, a little upset stomach."

But there's another side to Barwis, who can squat 700 lbs. and bench-press over 450 lbs. When he's not training Olympians or some of the nation's top pro athletes at his gym in Plymouth, Michigan, he's putting in countless hours (often for free) each week helping people with debilitating medical conditions regain the use of their legs.

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Scott Disick's Hospitalization Was His Wake-Up Call, Says Source

Scott Disick's Hospitalization Was His Wake-Up Call, Says Source

Originally posted 07/19/2014 09:25AM

When Scott Disick was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning in June, he had a moment of clarity.

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Miss Idaho Inspires by Wearing Insulin Pump on Stage

Miss Idaho Sierra Sanderson Wears Insulin Pump on Stage

Originally posted 07/18/2014 05:50PM

Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison isn't afraid to show you her pump.

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Scott Disick 'Doing Great' After Being Hospitalized for Alcohol Poisoning, Says Source

Scott Disick 'Doing Great' After Being Hospitalized for Alcohol Poisoning, Says Source

Originally posted 07/17/2014 08:05PM

Scott Disick was recently hospitalized for alcohol poisoning, TMZ reports.

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Kansas Girl Who Loved Waterskiing Killed by Brain-Eating Amoeba

Girl, 9, Dies from a Rare Waterborne, Brain-Eating Amoeba

Originally posted 07/15/2014 06:30PM

Nine-year-old Hally Yust was an avid water-skier.

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Baylor's Isaiah Austin Partners with the Marfan Foundation: 'It's My Calling'

Baylor's Isaiah Austin Partners with the Marfan Foundation: 'I Feel Like It's My Calling'

Originally posted 07/12/2014 03:40PM

The NBA draft didn't go the way anyone expected for Baylor University star player Isaiah Austin – least of all him.

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Kristen Johnston Speaks Out About Her Battle with Lupus

Kristen Johnston on Her Lupus Battle: 'Every Single Day Is a Gift'

Originally posted 07/12/2014 12:40PM

When she struggled scaling a flight of stairs last summer, Kristen Johnston knew something was wrong – but she just didn't know what.

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Inspiring Photo: Former Model Poses in Bikini with Colostomy Bags

Former Model Poses in Bikini with Colostomy Bags

Originally posted 07/02/2014 06:00PM

A lot of women out there have, at one time or another, worried about how they look in a bikini. And Bethany Townsend was no different.

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Pennsylvania Conjoined Twin Boys Have Died

Conjoined Twin Boys Died at Home in Pennsylvania

Originally posted 06/30/2014 10:20AM

Conjoined twin brothers have died in their western Pennsylvania home a little more than two months after they were born.

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