My Physical and Mental Fitness “Improvements Season”

I like the term “improvements season” – the transition from a pre-contest to post (physical) fitness contest or ‘off season’ is not always as straight forward as I think it will be sometimes…

To elaborate, so much time and energy around the gym is allotted to the season ending finale with often a single focus on that last bodybuilding show, whilst perhaps being beneficial for that event, it brings with it an almost inevitable void thereafter which is not always easy to replace.

Having finished 3rd in my disability category at the PCA British Finals in October, I’ve settled on an improvement year in 2022, before stepping back onto the competition stage in 2023. That being said, whilst initially stating that the focus on a physical level is to improve strength in the gym, it’s good to also turn attention to my mental fitness too.

With ambitions to do some talks on strength and wellbeing in the disability bodybuilding space (be that on stage, podcasts or video) throughout 2022, this will help with personal and professional development too, reassessing my processes for focus, confidence and clarity.

How do I deal with this situation? How can my reactions be better? How do I tackle a challenging environment? A difficult conversation? All good thoughts to open and be open about..

They will aid my mental AND physical fitness, all year round!

I love to study smart thinking, the stoics with Ryan Holiday, I’m also looking to expand my knowledge in economics, business development, more reading on leadership with Jocko Willink, biographies and nutrition, the list goes on…

This great mix will help in so many disciplines over the coming year, be that improvements in the gym, my career, the seminar stage or how I react to challenges – I feel it’s important for me to work on both aspects going forward and to be open about it too, they both matter so much in so many areas. In all seasons, throughout the year.

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!

One thought on “My Physical and Mental Fitness “Improvements Season”

  1. your line – initially stating that the focus on a physical level is to improve strength in the gym, it’s good to also turn attention to my mental fitness too. This is so true for all of us. Keep writing !!

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