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…”

Making plans and help at the end of the tunnel…

It’s there. The path to reach out to. When I started to construct this piece, I had the end of lockdown in mind, how we are facing the end of the pandemic. What further help could we provide out of this crisis as we plan today and for tomorrow in respect of training… What struckContinue reading “Making plans and help at the end of the tunnel…”

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…”

Lockdown – listening out…

Back in Lockdown. A big obstacle, huge, disruptive and very restrictive. This isn’t going to delve into the whys and frustrations (edit: There are many but one for another day!) but rather a look at sourcing help from where we left the last one. Amongst the great uncertainly, I made some really good connections duringContinue reading “Lockdown – listening out…”