Isn’t it amazing how the handicapped can compensate with a bit of willpower and training.
At 5’5”, Brandon Todd had a seemingly impossible goal: to be able to dunk a basketball.
“I didn’t have any role models my height, and that was the hardest thing for me. I didn’t see anybody like me that could do it,” says Todd in the short documentary FIVE/FIVE. Spud Webb was 5’7” when he won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1986, and there are currently only two players in the NBA 5’9” or under.
Inspired by Russian powerlifters, Todd trained himself to dunk the ball through rigorous strength training, as well as running and jumping exercises. Over three years, Todd gained 85 pounds of muscle before he was finally able to dunk the ball. “I was willing to put myself through all this pain and anguish for that one moment to say: ‘I can do it.’”