The Reopening – Much more than lifting weight…

As we head back to familiar training environments in England next week, it indicates a release of not just opportunities to pick up the barbells, but equally a source of headspace. To be at peace, to develop and grow. A place to getaway.

It’s also good as there is only so much exploration of equipment available in my living room!

The impact the gym had on my way of living cannot be overstated. I feel I have a freedom of building strength of both mind and body. This may well have come with age and experience but it’s a road which the gym has provided this environment and I’ve missed it.

For a long, long time in my younger days my hand stayed up my sleeve, my leg always shielded by trousers. It wasn’t worth the questions, hassle, the awkward silences about disability. Even into my 20’s this really affected the way I communicated. One of the worse things for me was an inability to accept my own disability – the exhausting pursuit of trying to ‘normalise’ situations, to try & keep pace.

That being said, this “gymless” time has provided a need to find alternatives, to be ever resourceful and time to research which I will put into practice next week.

As I’m sure many will attest, disabled and non disability athletes alike that the gym provides solace, to unwind the mind and put emphasis on development not just physically but mentally & emotionally…

To the relaunch!

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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