I am Hasan Banks aka Mr. No Xcuses

I’m an NPC Men’s Bodybuilding Competitor, who in 2009 was fortunately diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Spino-cerebellar Ataxia type 7.

This disorder affects the part of the brain which controls motor skills.

Recent Publications: Huffington Post, Reddit Link 1 (pending), Link 2, Link 3, PF Blog, etc.

I am truly humbled by the media coverage. I continue to spread awareness and support.


The Journey, The Fight, The Struggles, The Wins!

  • Small Steps Climb Big Mountains

         I am at  a point in life where I see that fear is an intangible part of life. Our fears and doubts put a halt to our personal growth due to our fears becoming more powerful than our dreams. Life as an Ataxian is a lonely road and people try to tell me […]

  • Physical Challenges Make Mental Triumph

    Life at times can be extremely difficult. Living life with Ataxia is both physically and mentally challenging causes fear and doubt for me, the fear of not having answers to my uncontrollable movements. and other difficulties I must deal with that can cause me to lose my way.While it is easy to sit here and […]

  • Fighting My Demons

    I have fallen and really don’t want to get back up. As I look into the mirror I reflect on where my life is at this point. I have a disorder called spinocerebellar ataxia type 7which affects my motor skills and I have concluded that my physical limitations have a negative impact on me emotionally.I […]

  • Run Towards Your Dreams

    All too often we find ourselves at the crossroads of life and are confronted with circumstances that leave us unsure of our direction.I am sure I am not alone when I say that stress and mental fatigue can cause indecisions, doubt, and fear regarding the choices we make.I have entered a point in my life […]

  • Nothing Is Impossible

    As we fight through life we will encounter disappointment and points where our actions seem meaningless. There are moments where we doubt ourselves and ask God why is this happening as we feel we are doing our best. Life inst fair nor will things be given to us. We all have and will face rough […]

  • No Limitations

    I may have ataxia but ataxia doesn’t have me. I will not allow my situation to define me and try to put my best foot forward and live life with no limitations. Living with ataxia isn’t easy like life I’ve noticed its always changing as sometimes I am up, sometimes I’m dowN but I’ve chosen […]

  • Hasan Banks in the 5% chair

    Whatever It Takes

    A 5%ER is someone who does WHATEVER it takes to reach their goals in life no matter what they are. So many of us have had obstacles in our way while on the journey to reaching our goals-and sometimes we need that extra nudge of motivation to get us there.

  • Love Life And Make No Excuses

    There are many aspects of life that cause us to question our position in life. I constantly struggle staying mindful and positive not allowing my situation to define me. I have something called Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 7, which affects me by impairing my balance, coordination and speech. Unfortunately, I have encountered some very hard low […]

  • Do Your Best

    While I have Ataxia I will not let it define me. Life at times is difficult as I believe fear and doubt holds us back from moving forward. . I must live life on my term, I will not allow someone’s negative opinion of me be my reality. I will not let my situation define […]

  • Courage to Change

     We live in a world full of doubt and all to often we are urged to pretend everything is alright. I feel sometimes the fear of failure causes us to set our own roadblocks. As I began a recent  workout I had a moment to reflect on my goals, my ambition and my desires because […]

  • Looking Past Obstacles

      There are many aspects of life that cause us to question our position in life. I constantly struggle staying mindful and positive not allowing my situation to define me. I have something called Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 7, which affects me by impairing my balance, coordination and speech. Unfortunately, I have encountered some very hard […]

  • Stuck Wondering Why

    As I look into the  mirror, I wonder why? Why is life so hard and filled with disappointment and pain. Why must we struggle to see better times. Why do we encounter fear or become overwhelmed with anxieties that can lead us to have reservations about our futures or cause us to lose sight of […]

  • Emotional Rollercoaster

      When we are confronted by challenges and they knock us down there is a question that we all must answer, what will we do now? I have faced this type of situation and I have experienced many strong emotions based on fear. My disorder causes me issues with my balance and very recently while […]