Whether I liked or not I stood out. The biggest sign of my cerebral palsy was most obvious in my hand and that initiated often unwanted conversations about it growing up & at school. Being asked questions about its origin, its look, its feel – were hard to process – I didn’t know how differentContinue reading “Spending years not wanting to be different, now it’s integral to my journey…”
Tag Archives: Cerebral Palsy
Disability Bodybuilding & Giving back what it has given me….
It’s provided me with Energy Confidence Strength – both physically & mentally Belief A passion Knowledge And a position to question – are we doing enough, what more can be done & how can I be better than yesterday? And also…To not be afraid to fail I want to just say thank you and aContinue reading “Disability Bodybuilding & Giving back what it has given me….”
Doing what I can but also exploring “what can I do?”
There has been an acceptance from myself that have to do things differently from many people. It’s a mental attitude picked up from an early age that I had to find alternative routes with things, so doing that in the gym wasn’t alien to me. That being said, it was notion having to find myContinue reading “Doing what I can but also exploring “what can I do?””
Managing My Energy and Performance with Cerebral Palsy
3-5x more energy required for people with cerebral palsy. That’s an astonishing piece information I received a few years ago, only pointed out to me from someone who had the same muscle structure as me. No wonder I felt tired! It was often lost on me that the tiredness I felt, the guilt, the annoyance,Continue reading “Managing My Energy and Performance with Cerebral Palsy”
D for Daddy…D for Disability
Tackling potential challenges with being a Daddy with a Disability much like other hurdles in life! Discussion One: How will I hold them? Starting a family was something I had looked forward to for a significant time & finding out I was going to be a parent was a wonderful moment but looking back thereContinue reading “D for Daddy…D for Disability”
Cerebral Palsy – What have I Iost?
My two little girls have, at various times asked me in that direct, curious way they would with anything that fascinates them “Daddy, what’s it like having one smaller hand?”…. In some ways it’s easy to answer as I don’t know any different. You could argue that a different path has been forged for meContinue reading “Cerebral Palsy – What have I Iost?”
There are a number of “Whys”…
There a number of factors that often make up our “why” Why do I want to do bodybuilding? To prove something to myself? For Current me? For Past me? Or Future me? The current me wants to keep improving, to know that I have built a foundation, but not yet finished with lots more toContinue reading “There are a number of “Whys”…”
The Stage – Before, During & Beyond…
I absolutely love bodybuilding shows. I love my time on stage, however I also try to totally immerse myself in the whole experience throughout a weekend. If I’m competing (like I did this past weekend in Birmingham) I find myself preparing hour by hour from about 2 days out to the time our category isContinue reading “The Stage – Before, During & Beyond…”
Best Wishes to our Paralympic Athletes!
Each putting their sport on the map…Again! After the success of the Olympics, our summer of sport continues with the Paralympics launching in Tokyo this week. I love the competition, the stories and team coming together throughout these weeks we are witnessing. I was massively inspired in 2012 & 2016 after these events, to tryContinue reading “Best Wishes to our Paralympic Athletes!”
About a decade has passed since I cautiously went into a gym with hardly any experience and pretty scared of the free weights section all those years ago. It takes a while to familiarise yourself. With the equipment, the environment & the variations that can used for a variety of different goals. Making a swiftContinue reading “Trying Everything…”