Entering the World of Competitive Disabled Bodybuilding…

On Sunday 2nd April I achieved a goal that, at first thought, had been dreamt up 2 years in my mind to reach a pinnacle in my fitness journey. In fact, at around 3pm that day – I let go, of every single no, rejection & hurtful remark regarding my disability ever thrown in my direction growing up too.

I’ve been blessed with incredible support throughout my life. To provide me with a strength and hope that dispite mobility problems, you can still achieve anything you want. The acceptance into the bodybuilding community and how an army of people have embraced adaptive training by having its own category was abundantly clear this past weekend.

Having arrived in Stafford on the Saturday for my 1st comp with the PCA, looking back I was understandably nervous. I had worked so hard to get to that point, I think the enormity of what it took to get there was sinking it, but once I got on stage that remarkably went away, Whilst I will continue to work on posing – I felt at ease.

The weekend was so much fun! From getting my layers of spray tan from the brilliant Liquid Sun Rayz, to the accommodating team at Brewyers Fayre who provided two meals of steak and eggs with no fuss and full of best wishes for my comp.

To my family for coming and supporting me and a special thanks to all in my Catagory who continue to this day to represent disability bodybuilding to such a high standard. My Coaches Ross & Mark who provided me with nutrition, training and guidance to make this happen & A message to Paul & Ryan – You guys rock – until that defining moment on stage, I was incredibly nervous and you guys were incredible all day, thank you to everyone.

The result? A placing 3rd, a fab trophy I will cherish forever and an invite to the British Finals in June!!

As for what is next?

I want to continue competing! That buzz was amazing, I want to get better, to learn, to grow and help build the road ahead within the category.

Next up is the PCA Event at Bodypower in May at the NEC. BRING IT ON!!


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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