Adapting to change and making opportunity…

The last 18 months has created a huge amount of unexpected change, for everyone. It’s been disorientating for many and without realising too much at the time it affected me greatly, but through breaking down elements, change was slowly processed and provided a blueprint for a very recent change in circumstance which I’d love to share with you now…

Due to circumstances outside of their control, my gym had a serious leak from an external residential block and subsequently closed for 5 weeks (gutting for the team as they had just got back from previous lockdowns). For gym members we had the option to visit other partner gyms within the city.

So, keen to keep a routine going and continue my prep this year, I went off to a partner gym across town, which was very welcoming. It had the same equipment but with the layout set out differently, a new journey and timings to navigate, it took a number of days to naturally adjust.

After finding some rhythm and settling in, the target of delivering my sessions kicked in and the work was done & still really enjoyable.

Leak fixed, I’m back at my usual gym, but what I found reviewing my short time at the partner gym in Yate was quite revealing. My initial thought process was one of uncertainly around navigating change, balanced within an unfamiliar setting but access to the equipment that I’m used to. That said, because of the layout change it unintentionally brought about more adaptions in my set range, which ended up working very well.

As a result of this I’ve managed to adapt some of my new movements & variations from those weeks back into my familiar gym setting and added it to my weekly set up.

With all the challenges that this last year has presented us, I think it has in some way positively affected the way I can review change quickly. I dare say, had the enforced temporary gym change happened 2 years ago it would taken me longer to settle. So my thinking is my experience over the last two years allowed me to tap into a mindset of “right, this is the situation, how can we get the best from it with what we have”.

This may not apply to every situation I face but I certainly want take something from this experience moving forward.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you Anytime Fitness Clifton & Anytime Fitness Yate, both fantastic clubs!!

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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