Devonte M. Wilson’s story is certainly a strange one. The University of Kansas student has been labeled everywhere as a football player for the college – yet he’s not on the team. Being cut might have been the best thing to ever happen to him, though. He’s now internet-famous for the crazy workouts he posts on Instagram.
Motivated by being turned down by the team, he started pushing himself farther, doing more and more intense workouts. People have taken some serious notice of Wilson and his “freakish athleticism” – and for good reason. His workouts are nuts. Here’s our top 10.
1. Jumping Over Stacks Taller Than Himself
Sometimes in life you have to take that extra risk, that leap of faith that is needed in order to get you to where you are supposed to be. Stay patient, stay humble, and continue to better yourself along with others through your actions and words of inspiration. But like always, it’s grind time! ?✊?
His jumping was already pretty impressive – but then he took it to the next level, clearing a stack that has a couple inches on his substantial height. No word on how many times he tried this before he got it right though.
2. Taking Balance to a Whole New Level
Had fun incorporating new movements in today’s workout after hitting legs pretty hard. Always thinking of new ways to challenge myself, whether it is strength, balance, control, or even mentally. Do the things you’ve never done, to get the results you’ve never had. But like always, it’s grind time! ?✊?
Yeah, the beginning parts of the video are cool, but it’s the ending that really stands out. His balance is incredible.
3. Dabbing While Lifting 405 Pounds
?Tag a friend? Had my last lifting session with my boy @jv0_sound before I leave for college tomorrow. A lot of progress and work was done this Spring Break. Each day is an opportunity for you to get closer to your goals. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen. But like always, it’s grind time! ?✊? ✅515lb Squat ✅405 Front Squat ✅405lb Single Arm Deadlift w/Dab
As if deadlifting 405 pounds with one arm isn’t enough, he throws a dab in there for good measure. He likes to add a level of style to his workouts, you have to give him that.
4. Getting Enough Air to Get His Head at a Basketball Hoop Rim
?Tag a friend who thinks they can dunk? Being only 6’0″ makes it a challenge at getting my head at the rim, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try and achieve it. For you to get better at things in life, you have to work at it consistently. You aren’t going to do it over night, but you will be able to do it over time. That is the biggest key to obtaining what you want. But like always, it’s grind time! ?✊?
He’s 6 feet tall, but he gets enough height to get his head up to the basketball hoop rim. That’s a pretty sweet vertical jump.
5. Making a Unique Use of Gymnastics Equipment
?Tag a friend who’d attempt this? They say in life you miss all the shots, that you don’t take. Meaning that you never know what you are capable of doing, if you don’t make an attempt at something new. I never done half of these tricks but I was willing to try them. But like always, it’s grind time! ?✊? -I refuse to be stagnant, always stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something new. ?Again by Young Thug ft Gucci Mane
He takes the gymnastic equipment and truly makes it his own, using it in ways it certainly isn’t normally.
6. Going Hard on an Underwater Treadmill
Do what others won’t do, so you can do what others can’t. If you want a chance to make something happen in life, don’t wait for it to happen. Keep grinding and make sure you’re prepared for the opportunity when it comes your way. But like always, it’s grind time! ?✊? ✅6mph ✅10mph Song: ?Ambition by Wale?
Underwater treadmills are often used for physical therapy, but on this one he really cranks up the speed. The resistance helps you take things to the next level.
7. Making Your Abs Hurt Just By Watching This Video
Every great athlete usually has a great core. A true core exercise is an exercise that requires your whole body to work together, to complete it. A strong core is essential if you want to be as great of an athlete as you truly can. But like always, it’s grind time! ?✊? Song: ? U With Me? by Drake ? ✅135lb Dragon Flag ✅Benched 315lbs w/ Scissor Kicks
As he says in his caption, a strong core is essential when you’re an athlete. And that 135-pound Dragon Flag can make even a decently fit person have some core pain.
8. His Superhero Workout Video
Not even gonna lie, @whistlesports got me feeling like the next comic book superhero after watching this video ?. I appreciate the dope video! Like I’ve preached countless amounts of times, keep grinding because you never know whose watching and when it’s your time to get what you’ve been working for. But like always, its grind time! ?✊?
Whistle Sports took notice of Williams’ awesome videos and made a new one for him. It highlights some of his best workout moments – with superhero effects. It makes his moves look eve more epic.
9. Showing Off His Strength, Balance and Control at the Same Time
Balance, Stability, Control, and a strong Core are essentials that every great athlete needs. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the norms and start creating new movements/exercises to put your abilities to the test. But like always, it’s grind time! ?✊? Song: ?7 Days a Week by Nipsey Hussle ✅450lb Plank ✅225lb + Bosu ball Plank ✅100lb Pistol Squats on Bosu Ball ✅405lb Squats on Bosu Ball
We know he can lift insane amounts and has crazy good balance and control. This workout shows how he combines all three of those to create something legendary.
10. Jumping the Height of a Large Child … With Weights
We were all blessed with potential, but what separates us is those who takes advantage of it and those who don’t. The last thing you’d want to have cross your mind is where you could have been if you took advantage of your potential. But like always, it’s grind time! ?✊? ✅Backflip Burpees ✅56 inches w/ 20, 25, 27.5, 30, 35 ✅58 inches w/ 15lbs, 20lbs , 25lbs Song: ?Make Way by Birdman?
Jumping is one thing – but jumping 56-58 inches into the air while lugging weights is another. Watching this makes it almost look easy, though.
Williams could teach us all a lesson on perseverance and dedication. Even though playing college football was his dream and he got cut from the team, he didn’t get discouraged. Instead, he used it to work even harder so he can hopefully attain his goal one day. Watch his workouts and get inspired for your own fitness journey.
Scott Huntington lives in Harrisburg PA and writes all over the internet about sports, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.