My Disability isn’t up to me. My discipline and desire however…

I’ve been trying to unpick the difficulties/challenges of the lockdown, particularly in relation to training.

On the one hand is this massive set of restrictions, an inability to access the set up you’ve created and used for so long.

On the other is an opportunity of reconstruction of the previous routine structure.

My mindset has been to try and continue with my approach to disciplines. Only I can alter or take that away. If that is removed, it’s on me, no one else.

Number two is movement. The position I place myself in, again, is up to me, be that taking myself to the gym in “normal” circumstances or recreating those compound movements as best I can from the position of my bedroom or lounge.

Then throw in my disability restrictions / alterations with my training. I worked really hard through this. Look, it’s not the same at home as in is the gym, the full variety available which helps me offset my dexterity is not here – BUT I have to use the power of creativity once again, THIS time at home (hopefully not for too long) but it’s the creative side that helped me in the 1st place at the gym and that is being applied to a home setting for training too.

Reflecting on the last few months, it’s when discipline, patience and creativity have come together and sparked into gear – That’s produced the best work, but it always HAS been about those practices which, when combined, helped prior to the pandemic too.

There is belief that THIS time in particular which will be looked back upon for future strength and resilience (we try to look at previous barriers/hurdles we’ve overcome) which is helping me power through the existing struggle to try and find way to push forward.

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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