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Derick Carver opened a gym in Shelby Township where he trains men and women "Ranger style". Derick Carver opened a gym in Shelby Township where he trains men and women "Ranger style".
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -

January 2010, U.S. Army Rangers were on foot patrol in Afghanistan when suddenly a roadside bomb exploded.  The Ranger's platoon leader, Captain Derick Carver, was critically wounded but still conscience.

"I did four somersaults head over heal and I landed, and I was about 320 pounds with my kit on, so I went straight up and came straight down," Carver explained.  "I looked at [my left] leg, and I tried to wiggle [that] foot, and it just twitched.  And then I reached down for my knee, and it was gone."

He had to survive an immediate attack of small arms fire.  Two U.S. soldiers did not survive.  Carver's next major battle was with depression at Walter Reed hospital.

"I actually went into a few programs that helped kind of redirect that," he said.  "Instead of getting angry about everything, you just control what you can."

He found a good paying job after the Army, but he was bored.  So he opened Bayonet Cross Fit in Shelby Township.  Carver went from training Army Rangers to training men and women in his gym.  He lost his left leg, but never lost his passion for life.  His training method is pure Ranger style.

To promote his new gym, Carver competed in the world's largest powerlifting and body building super fest -- The Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

Former Mr. Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts the annual event.  Schwarzenegger was so impressed with Carver's story and his powerlifting performance that he reached out to the veteran.

"Arnold's son came up to me and actually did an interview for a documentary they're doing on fitness, and from there I guess Arnold saw the video," Carver said.

Schwarzenegger will train with Carver in a session either in Michigan or perhaps Los Angles.

"He went through a little bit of depression, but then he's kind of looked at himself and is like why should I feel sorry for myself?  He's like I've got one good leg.  He's like I can still do the things I love to do, which is powerlifting," said trainer Kenneth Jackson.

"People come in here and they feel like they're going to die, and we tell them that's part of the process," Carver said. "I'm not trying to make you suffer.  I'm not trying to kill you, but at the end of the day, like you're going to push yourself to a threshold that you haven't been before, and that's how you're just going to feel."

Carver has a lot of mottos at his gym.  One of the primary ones is if it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.

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