Training Reaction – Home v Gym…


Like many, I was faced with a range of emotions when lockdown hit. Here I’m reflecting on the changes in approach to training specifically, but it cannot be unsaid that it wasn’t  right at top of priority when we were told to stay at home.

However, one of the biggest lessons out of this environment has been to question how to make the nessasary pivots that would help a host of things work or consider mirroring what we had before in someway? I tried to focus on what I could settle on when developing an adapted fitness programme. 

Competitions suspended and with a shortage of equipment, there were subsequently no specific time frames to plan toward for a while, it made tricky to curate the right path to develop a solid plan in the early days.
I acknowledge that, in hindsight it personally would have been good to possibly pause for a length of time, but in all honesty, I think I wanted to get a structure, any structure in place, for my mind as well body. Faced with the challenge of a new routine, again, it was case of “OK, how do we use what we have at our disposal for the time being, even for for health, for maintainable, for mental health too”.  

So, I tried to break lockdown…well, down. 

Smaller chunks to digest, to aim for – the important thing was to keep moving,  what can I do and get around limitations. I tried to see this as somewhat as a test, something which I know won’t be the only obstacle but one of many. It’s a big one, but not the last in life. OK, what body weight exercises did I do at the gym? What can I find to mimic the movement as a starter and build from there.

It’s from this that a “new” routine was built. As equipment availability began to trickle through, I tried to get a few bits to take on another level – bit by bit day by day – but just always having a daily practice in mind. Even with the limitations I’ve tried to take lessons in using what is available and working around it – and I don’t want to lose that perspective as we come out of this period, I want to learn the lessons of adapting through this and making it part of a journey.

And onto the next chapter…

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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