“Wait until you feel that roar of support….”

Togetherness. That was my overriding memory of those first few moments on stage four years ago.

With encouragement from my new friends by my side, the crowd support, whether they were there for you or someone else, from the organisers, the crew – it all felt right.

For a significant period of my life I didn’t feel like that, feeling very isolated at school with some barriers that you just couldn’t jump through and within an education ‘setting’ you couldn’t get out of until 16.

The fitness community, the bodybuilding community, the PCA community, the GymShark community, the gym community – it’s of my own choosing now to be there – and people are there of their own accord too.

I have been privileged to have met so many amazing people along the way.

I’m also part of an amazing disability community and I have had the privilege to share many stories with my friends on that journey to the stage, the challenges, the depths of the very unique hurdles but one of togetherness.

The bodybuilding arena can be and is a very competitive scene, but also one with is bouncing with drive, determination, challenge & above all, what I have found…respect.

It’s a place that I like to be, one that helps on the cold mornings, the tired days and is something that very much adds the fuel to your target.

During this mental health awareness week, it’s made me reflect not on my achievements but to thank those on the way, to every single one of you that have been part of one of those communities that have given joy much joy and support…

…it means the world.

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!

2 thoughts on ““Wait until you feel that roar of support….”

  1. Hello I really don’t know if I’m in the right place but just in short ways. I’m in my 40 with disability (scoliosis/chronic pain) I always was dreaming of fitness bodybuilding (my son his 20 he is start his journey in 3 years ago)
    Where I can start Where I can get any support How I can know I have a chance to do it. There was a time I was very active person. Can you please advice.

    1. Hi Wioleta, thanks for getting in touch 😀, I found a local gym near to me, there were personal trainers there to help start with the basics and help me navigate what equipment I could you use, do you know of a fitness facility near to you?

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