Chin up(s)….It will happen one day.

Another new test this week – I failed too…or did I?

I tried something that I’ve always wanted to do, the old pull up on a high platform structure.

I’d done well to this point at ab and core strengthening. I’ve been doing some additional reading up on ab workouts recently and decided to give the bar a go as it would increase the stability and muscle in my midriff and surrounding areas even further.

Having got over the emotive ‘I don’t want to make myself look like a tit failing at the gym’ attitude a while back, I adapted my hand grip and lifted myself up and beyond once – not bad – but then proceeded to struggle. I hated that, but then, if I had tested some of the weights I use now 4 months ago I would have struggled and failed, this test was my first attempt. If it was easy it wouldn’t be such a challenge.

It’s something that’s now on my goal list, the technique is fine, it’s building the strength. I walked off thinking that I hadn’t done what I set out to do, but in one way I had – at least I got up there. I don’t worry about failure in the gym – we’ve all been there and it tests our attitude, right?

Plus, I’ve got another objective on my hands here – that bar will be conquered, I tell you that. It won’t happen overnight, but neither will a 6 pack, why did I think I’d go straight into a set of 5 or 10 from the off?!

I will blog about it again once I’ve built that muscle up, it will happen – day by day, week by week. *Cue Rocky Music*

What was your last ‘fitness failure’ and how did you conquer it?

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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