Back to the Bar (No, not the Pub!)…


To build it up, you gotta break it down.

Whether it’s training, work or even writing a blog*- is it easy to break things back down to such extent after building a robust system? Or was that system too robust in the first place. In training terms, is it right to sometimes take it right back to the training bar to look at technique again & again? Can we apply that to other areas too?

Here is what I mean…

On a number of occasions, to hone a lifting technique, I’ll remove any weight from that particular movement and look at my form (positioning) using just a bar and raise the weight back up. Ensuring that as and when the weight is added, I don’t lose emphasis on a correct lift.

The same can be applied to other areas too.

BIG, BIG GOALS can sometimes feel like mountains that are impossible to see a way up. Be that work and personal development targets, books to read, articles to write. Overthinking the goals can sometimes lead to losing sight of, forgetting the basics or the very reason why you do what you do. 

During lockdown, I thought I had lost my robust system. Or had I?

There were so many things that changed, consider and adapt to – tackling challenges that pulled me in directions at home I hadn’t faced before.

A complete shake up of not just a todo list, but a way of life appeared in front of me. Now, this isn’t a woe is me tale, I remained grateful for everything in my life… BUT, I admit, I felt a little lost for a short time. However, after a while, what I came to recall was it was the routine, the system, that was serving me so well was a practice, a journey without a definitive end, which embodied everything I was working toward.

This was and is still part of it. In actually fact, it’s been a timely period to look at lots of aspects again – Go back to that ‘training bar’ across my life – was my routine serving the correct purpose in all areas? Were there areas I could redefine, refresh or even drop all together?

The key elements required in our routines never went away – The discipline needed, the purpose of trying to improve…Yes the tools may have to been adapted but the practice was never taken away. I took that thinking away from myself for a few days, (The ‘readjustment’ period!) But the key takeaway is that this period has been a huge reminder of the essence of routine, to make it part of a journey than an end destination. Ant Middleton (Channel’s 4 SAS) commented in his latest book, the Fear Bubble “A well-lived life is like an Everest with no summit. You never get to the top of your mountain, and therein lies the joy.”

Fine tune & keep moving!

*breaking down the writing over time.

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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