Learning to celebrate my disability through bodybuilding…

Bodybuilding: Changing my mindset to my disability.

More than lifting…

10 years ago I disliked referring to myself as disabled. I cringe at that now, but, for me at the time it was about a fight for an equal platform, not to showcase with my ability but to prove that I could do things despite my disability.
A number of factors compounded over a number of years have helped me redefine my thinking & mindset with my disability.
I celebrate it now, it’s part of me (note to self that over time, it always has been) not something to hide in my sleeve (literally…I hated my left hand). 
Two turning points  provided the evolution of celebrating it…
1. connection with others in a similar position
2. My fitness Journey

Prior to this decade, I wasn’t fit, I didn’t really feel purposeful with it – I knew there was potential but it was tapping into it – the mindset that I’m not at a disadvantage, that I can put myself in the right frame to go training and adapt to fit a goal has changed everything.

Coupled with a desire to find out & learn from a number of people that have become friends in our disability category (you know who you are & I thank you so much) who helped me along the way, sharing their experiences, their goals and their own ways with adapting, which made me realise what I could with potential and then see that develop.

It started with mindset, it helped with the lifts…and continues to do so…

And I now celebrate my disability rather than hide it…

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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