Preparing for Another Day One…

It was the very end of the World Chanpionships in 2018 and the emotion came at me like a wave, I wasn’t expecting to be sat in the foyer in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre that day tearful the journey was over. I’d done a number of bodybuilding shows that year, to prove to myself IContinue reading “Preparing for Another Day One…”

Reflections: Where do we go?

More than half way through 2021 would you believe?! I keep tabs on things on a weekly basis, for two major reasons, to look forward and plot the days ahead & to review time that has passed to reflect & to see how far things have come. This also helps me tweak things a littleContinue reading “Reflections: Where do we go?”

“But With Your Disability….”

Many a time, particularly growing up, this would said to me leading with an obstacle, but it needed to change… So…No! We change it to… “With my disability….” I CAN approach things from a different perspective… I CAN be creative (driving an automatic car) I CAN build resilience needed for tough moments, to push throughContinue reading ““But With Your Disability….””

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…”

Harnessing Day One…Every Day

That new programme, the fresh start, the comeback? The leap, the drive, the impetus….The Springboard. Whatever the reason for your Day One, it just feels good, right? I love a Day One, but I’m aware of the importance of trying to attach the right approach to it, a plan to enable that feeling to thrive,Continue reading “Harnessing Day One…Every Day”

Learning Through Adversity or Difference?

As I grew, I found it a great challenge to explain my ‘difference’. Cerebral Palsy is difficult to hide even if you want to, and pull attention away from it. Turning back, I can now sense why it was of interest, but at the time, I simply did things to get around the hurdles IContinue reading “Learning Through Adversity or Difference?”

From rejecting help to embracing the unique path…

On this week’s podcast episode… Today, I start to unpick how I began to accept and celebrate my disability and gratefully turn challenges into opportunities to find creativity…from driving to fitness! Subscribe below on Apple or Spotify! The Disability Bodybuilding Show

One movement back to rocket forward….

That rush… Not to slam through to a PB, not to get as many reps in as possible, but one that builds, that starts to tick, that generates momentum and drives you along for hours. Yes, that magic feeling is back. The one I had often spoke about where the rush of an early morningContinue reading “One movement back to rocket forward….”