Don’t Fear The Machine

Through first weeks of training, I’m looking round at the familiar equipment in the gym – the ones I like, the ones that would test me, the ones that will get me to where I want to be.

Programme defined, sets taken apart in those first few hard, fat burning, muscle building sessions, I’m now even more confident about my body and my attitude towards those goals.

However, it’s not all plain sailing. The mental battle I’ve had always placed on the ‘restrictions’ of my left side still hampered dipping my toe into water into some area’s of the gym.

Step up my old friend the pec fly. Tried it years ago, hurt like hell, I didn’t feel my ‘weaker’ left arm was up to it, my right side always the stronger taking the strain but then failing with a double grip. Attitude? Sucked. Gave up, Sod it. My arms not up to it.

Difference now? That was two years ago. Accepting in 2014 that the objective are definition, body fat loss and distance run (Bristol 10K booked for May) where in the manual did it say my left side is going to be better than my right? I gotta do this my way. With that I saw someone do something which sparked a lightbulb within me….a armed push on that Pec Fly.

Genius! As one of my friends Nikki says ‘I can do that!’ so I’ve it given a go and it’s now part of my programme. I just had to adapt to my own style and not let a small bit of pessimism get in the way.

Did you hold any fears as part of your programme?

Don’t fear the machine! 🙂

Published by Matt Elson

Bringing you the latest in not only my personal journal into the world of disability Bodybuilding, but a discovery into latest events, profiles, news and promoting awareness of this great sport Based in Bristol in the UK, I’ve been competing in Disability Bodybuilding for the last 3 years in a journey which has taken me all over the country to national, international & world championships and I am so so grateful for that opportunity that had changed my life. Living with Cerebal Palsy has its challenges, but everyone has their individual hurdles to negotiate. Gaining strength both physically & mentally and adapting to the surrounding is all part of this journey. This is a mission to raise awareness, to promote our great category to develop opportunities for others. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss more!

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