Garrett Ford wants to get big.
It's all he thinks about. He wakes up at 6 a.m., knocks back a glass of pre-workout and heads down to his basement gym for his daily workout, then heads to work where he loads 50-pound bags of horse feed.
Ford, a 20-year-old person with autism, is a powerlifter and is pound-for-pound one of the best lifters in the country. His personal best deadlift is 505 pounds, almost three times his 175-pound bodyweight.
He started lifting at 16, when he was a scrawny 115 pounds. Other kids at school bullied him for his size and his disability.
"I did not like being small," he said. "I was a wimp."
Now he's preparing for his biggest competition yet: The Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.