A Physical, mental, emotional lift…

A release… With a deep breath I headed back to the gym – a little excited, a tad nervous wondering if anything had changed… Then the door was opened for a return… Followed with gratitude – smiling, familiar faces – Staff. Friends. People generally just so happy to back. It is actually quite difficult toContinue reading “A Physical, mental, emotional lift…”

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…”

Post-Lockdown – Moving back in, piece by piece…

We’re almost there. In just over a week the gyms in England will reopen. We’ve been here before, but as I found last time out, getting the routines back isn’t as easy as switching a light on… Here’s why (and what I’m planning next week) Back in June 2020, there was huge excitement – itsContinue reading “Post-Lockdown – Moving back in, piece by piece…”

Every Approach Is Unique…

Every approach is going to be unique. Physically, I have some different hurdles when bringing various sets into play in my gym, at home or just picking up a weight, but I know, the mindset and approach I can take to it is mine alone. What are your goals? What obstacles are at the gym?Continue reading “Every Approach Is Unique…”

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…”

Slowing the basics down…

More change, how can we adapt again? can this be done again? YES! We have to keep moving, in any environment, but it also doesn’t make any less of a challenge. This is still bloody hard. However… I’ve tried to remind myself often that we always face changes, every day – same large, some smaller,Continue reading “Slowing the basics down…”

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”

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…”

Use what you can…A new concept?

We started with nothing. Before we took the gym membership, what access did we have? before we started reading the books, what knowledge had we gained? There’s that delicate balance of not spending too long looking back on what was, searching for what could be better and being present to what is front of youContinue reading “Use what you can…A new concept?”