Press onwards and upwards…

I took the plunge a month ago, or rather the grip, on the bar in the smith machine and started something I had mentally always placed a barrier onto. Lifting.

At the start of this life changing journey, other than the willingness to get my ass down the gym consistently and eat right – I believed that the vast majority of the strength I needed was physical.

There are now at least 5 pieces of equipment or manoeuvres I now have as part of a routine that at the start of December last year I had already discounted.

It’s the f#@k it, I can do that, attitude that I was lacking. Confidence is wonderful in hindsight I know, but harnessing the right mindset is just as vital as the lifting power (small steps, but we’re on the ladder!). It’s a series of building blocks that are needed, not looking up at the huge wall in the distance.

I’m still learning all the time, taking in new techniques, not being afraid to ask for help nor worry about how my left hand looks during chest pulls which was another barrier to get past in my head.

I promised to push my right and my left side to its limits to understand my balance. I’m happy that I keep discovering the real power I have in my left and adapting when I have challenges.

Il keep you posted on the progress!

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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