“The only limits you have are the ones you put on yourself,” says Nick Santonastasso, a bodybuilder with partially developed limbs who counts “The Rock” as one of his fans. And it’s true.
Twenty-two-year-old entrepreneur, bodybuilder, model and Internet sensation Nick Santonastasso has counted Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as one of his idols as well as his fans. When people lined up to meet The Rock, he and Nick were training at City Athletic Club gym in Las Vegas. The Rock, however, asked to meet Nick Santonastasso.
The two found themselves in great admiration of each other. They later even posted a picture together.
“[Santonastasso] was born with one arm and no legs. In his mind, there’s nothing he can’t do… and he’s right. He’s right because he does everything he sets his mind to,” Johnson said. “Keep crushing life my man and inspiring all those around you. And thank you for helping frame my perspective on life just a little bit more.”
Born with Hanhart syndrome, Nick’s condition prevented his limbs from fully growing. Nick tells how his parents sat him down and said “Nick, the world’s not going to stop for you because you’re born like this. Mom and dad are not going to be here forever, you’re going to have to figure out how to do each and everything your way.”
Nick started skateboarding as a kid, riding on his belly and with time learned how to do handstands down inclines. Compilations of his Vine videos of viral pranks are one of the most popular on YouTube and he has around half-million followers on Instagram.
The road to self-determination for Nick hasn’t been simple. He mentions his quest for the purpose of life started with depression in high school where he was not comfortable in his own skin.
“I was depressed and I was so uncomfortable in my skin,” he says. “I didn’t want to live in this body anymore.”