Disability, Anxiety and Pressing through fear…


Of not doing it right…

Of Breaking something….

Of failing…

All things that I encountered at the gym, entering a competition, up on stage, travelling to do it internationally – at every stage, fear was there. In some ways, that was what made me do it.

There were concerns, of course – there’s the idea of something going wrong but the overriding purpose and emotion was one of achieving a goal, the satisfaction of which drives away all of those anxieties very quickly.

It is from this momentum within those environments that push you outside of comfort zones and in many other areas too.

In my experience, you can conquer something like anxiety and fear through positioning yourself in the gym for the first time, by trying but not necessarily doing the right thing the first time or getting on that plane solo, for the first time…by pushing through that emotional difficulty. it fills you with ambition – not only yourself but for others too!

Seeing how far you’ve come from those 1st movements forward can lead to incredible things.

This has been a very reflective time, yes, but opportunities of moments that have passed, have helped to keep the light shining to explore where I want to go next, and who I can help too.

Embrace fear, bring it with you, it could help to drive your purpose too…

Here we go…

To PCA, thank you for opening those opportunities, to anytime fitness, Joe, GymShark thank you for support in so many ways to create that foundation.

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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