Building My Own Two Teams…

The opportunity to build and develop muscle has taken me to different places physically and mentally over the last few years. There are literally two sides to this story…My left side and right side. Generally, many people will enter a gym aware of a dominant side perhaps. The machines and equipment are likely set upContinue reading “Building My Own Two Teams…”

The long haul (eventual) benefits of the hot, sweaty splints…

Try telling that to my 6 year old self though!! Wearing splints growing up had a huge benefit to my physical development. The doctors recommended it, my parents knew it, but try telling that to a growing little boy at the height of summer, just wanting to rip it off at every opportunity!! The persistenceContinue reading “The long haul (eventual) benefits of the hot, sweaty splints…”

Bringing early physio lessons with me into later life…

Cerebral Palsy Physio Appointments. They started from early but I recall them from about the age of 5/6 onwards…. So picking up around 1991/2…8am. Another appointment at The General. Missing the start of school. Month after month. Assessment after assessment. Stretching, pulling this way & that. Checks. Measurements. More checks. This was a monthly (sometimesContinue reading “Bringing early physio lessons with me into later life…”

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

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 equipmentContinue reading “The Reopening – Much more than lifting weight…”

A Beginning – The Journey into Bodybuilding with a Disability…

Here’s the start of a new series going back over and reviewing that spark that ignited my journey from the gym to the stage… Taking off my self imposed bubble wrap… Reminiscing through some competition photos from the fantastic Shotshoots (Give Fivos a follow!) it keeps the desire burning for future comps – Surfacing questionsContinue reading “A Beginning – The Journey into Bodybuilding with a Disability…”

Disability, Anxiety and Pressing through fear…

Fear… Of not doing it right… Of Breaking something…. Of failing… All things that I encountered at the gym, entering a competition, up on stage, travelling to do it internationally – at every stage, fear was there. In some ways, that was what made me do it. There were concerns, of course – there’s theContinue reading “Disability, Anxiety and Pressing through fear…”

Flexibility….The Biggest Challenge?

In more ways than one… Being physically flexible has presented its challenges through the years, learning there are just some things that (I physically) cannot do! However, that doesn’t distract from the shining light of CAN be done, it’s the never ending search to find the way. “Traditionally” playing the guitar for one (I justContinue reading “Flexibility….The Biggest Challenge?”

My Disability isn’t up to me. My discipline and desire however…

I’ve been trying to unpick the difficulties/challenges of the lockdown, particularly in relation to training. On the one hand is this massive set of restrictions, an inability to access the set up you’ve created and used for so long. On the other is an opportunity of reconstruction of the previous routine structure. My mindset hasContinue reading “My Disability isn’t up to me. My discipline and desire however…”

Could chef please cut my food? Disability, Access & Opportunity…

I didn’t want special treatment, just access to know where to get help when required… I can’t tell you a definitive time when I fully embraced my disability, I grew up with negative connotations of my ability, self imposed limitations resulted in thoughts such as “well, I’ll never be a brain surgeon with this” (togetherContinue reading “Could chef please cut my food? Disability, Access & Opportunity…”