Disability Bodybuilding: Preparing for Reality – The Mindset Shift

The reality is this – I haven’t got on stage and competed…yet.

BUT….
As I continue to face different challenges about the possibilities ahead, the mind is always there to make or break a session, a week or even a vision. Are you good enough? can you actually do this?

My mind is the same vehicle that conceived the idea of getting on the stage by September 2017 and continues to push my boundaries.

What I’ve decided to do is to mentally place my body on that stage, to think like a bodybuilder – after all, my training, my nutrition and my lifestyle is gearing toward this event. Yes, the date and location are yet to be confirmed – however – the mental switch has changed the thinking and going a long way to silence self doubt.

In the early stages, steps which I am still embarking on, I can look at my body and confront those doubts, everyone has the them. BUT the focus cannot be put off by what I can see now – it should be centred on the potential – and even I don’t know at this stage where I can take it, that’s the exciting part!

The difference is now I can see the ‘steps’ leading to that stage, yes the mind can play tricks and place doubt from within, HOWEVER, it can also provide me with the tools to push my body to extraordinary heights – it’s what creates our success. I can learn a huge amount from those folks that have been there, experienced what I want to be a part of, listen, read and practice, every single day.

So, to conclude – I don’t want to become a bodybuilder, To me, the reality is am a bodybuilder…. in training.

With the help of my coaches, I know what physical tools are needed to prepare my body, where I want to be before stepping up there – One of the biggest pieces of the jigsaw, the mental preparation, is that final personal hurdle to jump over for each individual & I plan to push the boundary of every rep of that set!

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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