The battle for muscular balance…

The battle for muscle balance is a key issue for me. I strive for symmetry between left and right like everyone else. However, a major challenge with hemiplegia is the muscle development (or difficulty of) one side of the body.

The danger of ignoring this problem is that my right side grows far quicker than my left (my affected side) so I have to pay careful attention in my training and to maintain correct posture.

That being said, it would be naive of me not to question how realistic it is to expect muscle to be equal on both sides, the thing is, one of the greatest things about my strength development is seeing and feeling my left side get stronger.

So, yes my right side in general is bigger than my left but it always has been and knowing the lifelong condition, it probably always will be, BUT both sides have got stronger and will continue to do so if I keep my focus.

Everyone wants to develop and grow in some ways, mine is just a particular path.

When I finally get on stage in a disability bodybuilding category (I have a target in mind) I may not be completely symmetrical at the first but I never have been. But the goal is for the gains on both sides to be seen.

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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