You put your left arm in….

I hated that part of the song 20 years ago! 🙂 But I did it, I didn’t care, it was part of the song, that arm was being used…Same goes at the gym, my left arm is part of my body, it’s gonna grow, one way or another!!

Recently, as I sat for a few moments on the bench, I gave out a huge sigh, my left hand had let me down – my wrist had buckled in an attempted lift after applying an extra 2.5kg.

I sat there in frustration for 10 seconds. Lamenting the fact I have lower muscle tone on that side. 10 seconds…Then I got my **** together & remembered why I was there, because I had got it together, 3 years ago – and reminded myself how far I’d come and in a split second after that pause, I got back to what I (and countless others) have always done – working out how the bloody hell I was going to get round this. That’s the way. Previously my hand would always give and slip during deadlifts, BUT, apply some liquid chalk to rid my smaller palm of the moisture and suddenly it’s a different equation!!

At the moment my max is around 20kg plus the bar on the bench – strong in the belief I can go heavier on my right side. Who cares?! Folks aren’t going to judge me for that, My delight is getting any muscle growth on my left too, if it’s dragging itself behind then so be it, I’ve found both sides are built at separate rares. And if my wrist gives way, well I get my strap, attach it to my forearm & get on the cables – There’s always another way forward for each muscle group.

I used to worry I’d get lop sided abs when I first started out, I used to worry about back problems, my leg being shorter, WHO CARES?! The difference is the will and the mindset – I had (and will continue) to push my left & right side to the absolute limit…that is how boundaries are smashed and progress is made, not by self pity on my backside beneath a bar that needs lifting!

The wrist giving way isn’t an extra problem, Everyone is pushing, everyone has an obstacle and everyone will find their own way to pass it….

Whether I need some liquid chalk, a wrist strap, a bit more patience or a little more grit in my teeth, that muscle will grow in both my left and right just as you would tweak your diet, tweak your programme or even your thinking for any type of progression.

So, you pick yourself back up, keep tweaking and never think that you are done….Time to Step Up…AGAIN


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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