An Adaptive Intensive Cruise to see out 2021…

My favourite go-to training programme for some time has been the variety offered from Fortitude Training by Dr Scott Stevenson.

As we enter the winter of 2021, I finished the first phase of a progressive blast lasting six weeks culminating in my current 14 day “intensive cruise”. Where the time is spent on a deload allowing my body to recover from the previous six week phase.

There have been various ways to construct an intensive cruise and I found it incredibly beneficial to allow my body time (particularly with cerebral palsy) to rebuild its energy stores.

The emphasis for me in this two week period has been to look closer at the adaptions available to me with the gym set up. Asking myself are there any new ways to build my left side into my training program – so the current focus is on different rotations on upper chest isolation and rear and front delt work.

Further ahead, I intend to do the same with legs in the next round of the cruise in the second phase of my improvement season.

This has enabled me to find even more variety and adapt around even more equipment. I will report back on each stage of this development so that I can continue to learn more and share the findings with you all.

In many ways this year has had to be a long road of discovery through the uncertainly. I’m trying to find different ways to train which suits my goals, be that at home or in the gym.

Although I will pick the gym over home workouts every single time, the ability to think outside the box on occasions doing a homework out early in the year enabled me to find more creative ways to work out once I got back in the gym in the spring.

What I have learnt is that the attachments in the gym enabled a far greater range of adaptive working sets rather than just being able to work both on my stronger right side and build up the muscle structure on my left.

As many of you will know already I’ll use 2022 as a building year, the first 12 months of such since I started competing (but I have the intention to compete in the following year!) in order to build even more muscle tissue.

That being said I’m still very much excited about the opportunities ahead in 2022 and being able to share more stories to my social platforms and being able to present ideas which I hope will bring more accessibility throughout the fitness industry which will enable even more people to take part in this great sport.

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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