Post-Lockdown – Moving back in, piece by piece…

We’re almost there.

In just over a week the gyms in England will reopen. We’ve been here before, but as I found last time out, getting the routines back isn’t as easy as switching a light on…

Here’s why (and what I’m planning next week)

Back in June 2020, there was huge excitement – its back! Let’s get training – Boom! Weeks of hard graft, cautiously back in the flow.

I got my routine, I thought – here we go just as before, nothing stopping me now!

However, during the course of October, I injured my shoulder, I didn’t quite get my positioning right on a set, making an adjustment and subsequently had to change up my routine. This wasn’t connected directly with getting full training back, but what it did do was to really shake up what the daily structure was again and I’m not sure I was “ready” / “prepared” for that sort of set back in my mind. I’d be looking to a long period of training!

It was a set back for sure, but one which enabled me to pause and reset my routine after a few weeks to get around it. I had to pivot quite a bit of the style of training but it worked – as day by day, piece by piece I tweaked, I switched and altered as I went.

My caution for the upcoming reopening is centred on making sure that I carefully adapt back to the environment, take the time to once again become reacquainted with my adaptive set up at the gym, moving from my structure at home and almost future proof potential change that may come my way, restrictions or having to change my style and rhythm again.

This period will take a little to settle back in. It’s not a lightbulb for many. Not unlike coming back from injury, taking it piece by piece, day by day will help remould that once amazing routine, give it time, it will come back!

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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