Taking Home Adaptions Back to the Gym…

After months of trying to figure out and adapt training at home, it was all back..not just the rack or the leg press, but ankles straps & wrist assisted cable crossovers – the items that had become a path through the obstacles when trying to train particular muscle groups.

Yes, it has great to have better access, but given the changing climate, I don’t want to take that for granted. In continuing to try and take some developmental learning from this time, instead of dropping the whole of the routine I established home, I wanted to see if I could use some of the new/adaptive movement back at the gym, but with a little more weight behind it!

For example, at the beginning of lockdown I had some bands I’d use to pump up with prior to my competitions – it was useful to discover & research the range of movements they can produce wth a little immigination and creativity and isolating the right muscle groups, particularly on my disabled side by attaching it to my wrist via the sofa as an anchor.

Taking this crossbody band movement back to gym as an accessory move has been really useful.

What is has also done is automatically freshened up the workouts (thinking a little differently about the impact), could it be that having to try things at home & reset some form, focused more on the effectiveness of simple muscle movement? I’ve certainly eased back in the last few days not expecting the numbers I was getting in March yet but I feel I have an even deeper understanding of how to get the best out of limited space and working around broader challenges, in and out of the gym.

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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