How can Technology help Disability Fitness in the gym

Access is getting better and great commitments have been made across the fitness industry to cater for all abilities, from people at the start of their fitness journey to those some way down the road. However, how much further can it go and how? By this I reflect back to how far society has come,Continue reading “How can Technology help Disability Fitness in the gym”

Disability & The Creativity On The Path

There sometimes appears to be apparent awkwardness towards “inspiration” and disability – it can generate quite a wide range of views on it – inspiring others “despite of” or “overcoming adversity” seems to stir opinion. Here is my take on it. For me, inspiration is an appreciation from others of the creativity shown through theContinue reading “Disability & The Creativity On The Path”

Qualifying ability on my terms…

Getting a swimming badge for effort, in one way, SUCKED. I’m not sure of the reasoning behind attaining it, whether it was because it took me more time or I wasn’t quite ready, but singling me out for sheer effort rather than finding a way to get across the pool for that distance badge neverContinue reading “Qualifying ability on my terms…”

The Disability Bodybuilding Show Podcast

The #Disability #Bodybuilding Show… “Reigniting…With Fortitude!” A few weeks since the gyms reopened, I start to explore the full re-engagement process of my favourite training programme. Coupled with the start of the review of new habits and strategies of goal setting during 2020. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-disability-bodybuilding-show/id1489748551#episodeGuid=867dfa0a-9fa8-4906-809d-86ea1566fc52

A Blast Back into the Groove…

The sensible approach back into my training was not to try and start lifting at the weight before lockdown, but to find that groove again, using the techniques within the brilliant Fortitude Training programme by Dr Scott Stevenson. I was able to follow a familiar pattern as with my pre-pandemic structure, but 4 months outContinue reading “A Blast Back into the Groove…”

Getting Some Connections Back…

Seeing old friends (from a distance) the weights, the growth, it’s the routine I’ve looking forward to too – This period has become part of the journey – A horrid diversion we didn’t expect – but as the book says “The Obstacle Is The Way” (See Ryan Holiday, it’s a brilliant read). This is aContinue reading “Getting Some Connections Back…”

Training Reaction – Home v Gym…

Like many, I was faced with a range of emotions when lockdown hit. Here I’m reflecting on the changes in approach to training specifically, but it cannot be unsaid that it wasn’t  right at top of priority when we were told to stay at home. However, one of the biggest lessons out of this environmentContinue reading “Training Reaction – Home v Gym…”

Back to the Bar (No, not the Pub!)…

To build it up, you gotta break it down. Whether it’s training, work or even writing a blog*- is it easy to break things back down to such extent after building a robust system? Or was that system too robust in the first place. In training terms, is it right to sometimes take it rightContinue reading “Back to the Bar (No, not the Pub!)…”

Adapting Through The Fear…

I’m not sure exactly when, but suddenly, the penny dropped…EVERYBODY is in here to improve.. Despite entering the gym to improve my fitness 6 years ago, without a doubt, many thoughts wondered across my mind (as I’m sure many do) as I scanned the room… how on earth do you / can you do this?Continue reading “Adapting Through The Fear…”

Learning to celebrate my disability through bodybuilding…

Bodybuilding: Changing my mindset to my disability. More than lifting… 10 years ago I disliked referring to myself as disabled. I cringe at that now, but, for me at the time it was about a fight for an equal platform, not to showcase with my ability but to prove that I could do things despiteContinue reading “Learning to celebrate my disability through bodybuilding…”