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Ben Clark

Educate, Motivate, Inspire Quadriplegic Personal Trainer β™ΏπŸ‹οΈ πŸ…΅πŸ…ΎπŸ…»πŸ…»πŸ…ΎπŸ†† to see what I do πŸ’ͺ More on my YouTube channel πŸ‘‡

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The temperature has suddenly dropped and it's starting to get very cold! So here's a throwback to earlier the year where we had very rare snow! . Hopefully we won't have it again this winter as it makes getting around very difficult. Despite it being beautiful 😊 . But I did make a new YouTube video to help you keep warm through these colder months. So make sure you check that out and subscribe! (Link in profile) . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . . . . . #AdaptToPerform #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #winter #tb #tbt #throwbackthursday

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Thank you very much! Yes you! I had some amazing messages from people on my latest YouTube video about getting dressed and undressed. . Being a quadriplegic this has taken me years (over 8!) to get right but the amount of independence it gives me is huge. . Not only that but it's my fastest growing video to date! Over 1000 views in 24hrs and almost at 2k Not bad for my little channel. . Seeing the response makes me want to do more like this and I enjoyed it as much as the fitness stuff so more than happy to add this in every so often. . Is there anything else you would like to see? I'm always open to new ideas. . Thanks for being super awesome πŸ˜€ . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . (Link to channel in my bio) . . . . . #AdaptToPerform #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #getstrong #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #weighttraining #liftingweights #buildingmuscle #liftheavy #weights #lifting #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #gymaddict #bodybuilding #muscle

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So I often talk about mental health, this is something that is super close to my heart, especially men's mental health. . When i was only 4 my dad took his own life, I was too young to have any memories of him but growing up that certainly had an impact on me. . I was lucky enough to have an awesome mum who more than took on the challenge but I never really had a male role model in my life (apart from my grandad) . Now my life hasn't been terrible because of this but it certainly has missed something especially as a child and I'd prefer this not happen to other people. But it did make a huge difference to the rest of my family as they're older and have more memories. . That's why mental health is important to me, so that no one has to go through the same with something I believe is preventable. Even if no-one listens, I'll keep talking πŸ˜‹ . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . . . . . #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #suicide #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #getstrong #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #weighttraining #liftingweights #buildingmuscle #liftheavy #weights #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #gymaddict #bodybuilding

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It's been a while since I've experimented in the gym. Something I'd definitely like to get back to doing. This video was about a year ago (maybe more) and I think it's pretty cool! . Doing these really engaged my brain and helps me develop a better program for myself. Last 6-8 months I've pretty much stuck to the same program. Time to mix it up a bit πŸ˜‹ . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . . . . . #AdaptToPerform #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #getstrong #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #weighttraining #liftingweights #buildingmuscle #liftheavy #weights #lifting #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #gymaddict #bodybuilding #muscle

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So I was watching a podcast today and the guest on it said something that basically wraps up what I believe in. . You can prepare your mind all you want for difficult times but it means literally nothing because when those times come you can't remember all that sh*t. . To be able to get through those times you need to put yourself in them to know, when it happens again, you know how you'll react to it. . Now I always say that the reason I cope so well in the early days of my injury was because of my swimming career. . Pushing myself to my limits day in day out you learn alot about yourself. You learn how to deal with failure by living and breathing it everyday. . This is why it's important to challenge ourselves all the time. Usually those having mental health issues tend to be the ones in comfort mode. It's a common thing amongst athletes post success. . We as a species need that challenge to function effectively, it's how we have evolved. But when everything is so easy in 2018 we need to go chase it in other avenues. . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . . . . . #AdaptToPerform #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #getstrong #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #weighttraining #liftingweights #buildingmuscle #liftheavy #weights #lifting #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #gymaddict #bodybuilding #muscle

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Believe in yourself. Push your limits. Experience life. Conquer your goals. And most of all be happy doing it. . So new year is fast approaching. I want to do something similar to this year to help you with reaching your goals. . Any ideas on topics I should hit on? . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . Photo by @tombroydphotography . . . . . #friyay #friday #motivationalspeaker #motivation #gymfit #cableworkout #triceps #fitnessmotivation #strong

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Liking the video edits? Let me know 😊 . Working on our back muscles is often overlooked as they're not on display, everyone wants to know 'how much do you bench?' or the size of your arms. . But I'm only every impressed with someone has a well developed back. There's lots of different muscles back there that are super important for posture and skeletal health. . Working on these not only helps that but makes you sit up taller and looking stronger/more confident which in turn helps mental confidence too! . Also this counteracts the daily pushing of a wheelchair by reversing the movement preventing rounding of the shoulders. Win-win . Do you focus on this area? . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . Video by @tombroydphotography . . . . . #getstrong #buildingmuscle #lifting #liftingweights #liftheavy #wheelchair #disability #fitnessmotivation #cableworkout #backworkout

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So the other day I posted about why I do shoulder press on a machine rather than with a bar. Simply put for safety, however I love to drop the weight way lower and do overhead press with the @vipr_global tubes. . This for me is a pure balance thing. As putting my arms above my head really makes it hard for me to stay upright! . I switch it up with double arm and single arm to try to engage different stability muscles . Doing exercises like this are great for my balance and overall muscle/bone health as its way outside it's comfort zone (against the back rest all comfortable) . Try it out, let me know if you want to see more like this πŸ’ͺ . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . Video by @tombroydphotography . . . . . #AdaptToPerform #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #getstrong #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #weighttraining #liftingweights #buildingmuscle #liftheavy #weights #lifting #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #gymaddict #bodybuilding #muscle

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This post is mainly for the guys (tag your Bros) . Since forever it's been frowned upon for men to display feelings toward each other even in a friendly manner. . Opening up to each other is considered 'gay' or 'pathatic' this annoys me so much! . I always tell my bros that I love them and give a good hug. Not because for any other reason but because they mean alot to me and I want them to know it. . No I don't throw it around lightly (unless I've had a bit to drink πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹) but when I do it feels really good to express these feelings, also it feels great to hear it back. . Adds a sense of togetherness and community like you're part of something bigger than yourself. When you start to express your feelings it opens up so many more doors allowing you to expand your mind, soul and ability to experience happiness. . Sorry to (most of) women reading this you'll already pretty great at this πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ . Remember tag your Bros let them know it's ok ✌️ . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . . . . . #AdaptToPerform #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #getstrong #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #weighttraining #liftingweights #buildingmuscle #liftheavy #weights #lifting #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #gymaddict #bodybuilding #muscle

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Do more for the world than it does for you πŸ’ͺ . Ok so I often get asked: how do you find a gym accessible for a wheelchair?πŸ€” . Well truth is I don't! I only have 2 requirements for a gym: 1. being able to get in and around 2. A disabled toilet. πŸ˜‹ . Apart from that I learn how to adapt the equipment I have for my needs. This is why I started adapt to perform, to show others how I do it!πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ . So this is how I transfer on and off a shoulder press machine. You might think why not use a barbell or dumbbells. Well the problem there is my core (well lack of) means I can't really hold things above my head without the risk of falling over πŸ˜‚ . So in fact the transfer is easier, safer and I can lift more weight!πŸ‘πŸ‘ . The party that is difficult is the transfer back to my wheelchair, especially after 4 sets πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ just have to take it slow . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . Filmed by @tombroydphotography . . . . . #AdaptToPerform #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #getstrong #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #weighttraining #liftingweights #buildingmuscle #liftheavy #weights #lifting #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #gymaddict #bodybuilding #muscle

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Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . . #christmas #wheelchair #disabled

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I have a confession, well I have a few: . I don't like that I'm going bald before I'm 30 . I don't like that because the muscles are paralysed I'll always have a belly. . I don't like that I can't do all the exercises in the gym I want to . I don't like that I can't give my girlfriend a piggyback and hug her standing up . I don't like I can't help people with physical tasks . I don't like that I have to rely on others to perform basic tasks . It's difficult to talk about this things but it's also therapeutic and I'm lucky to have this platform to which I can do this. . Social media is often portrayed as being bad for society but it's really only a tool, which, at the moment is really only used as a highlight reel. However by showing ourselves as real as we possibly can I think it can be so much more. . We just need to be more willing to be open with our feelings . What insecurities do you have? Would be really cool to share below and talk about it further ✌️ . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . . . . . #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mantalk #disability #disabled #wheelchair #paralyzed #paralysed #quadriplegic #spinalcordinjury #bald #insecurities #lifeisgreat

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So I wanted to talk to about a few occasions I had in Poland that made me say 'you had one job!!' . Now before I explain Krakow is a lovely city and most places have access and those with steps nearly always have some sort of ramp. Great! I never really expect anything more than this level of Access. . However there was a few moments that made me question the logic let me explain why in each picture: . 1. Stairs at the bottom of the ramp, loving the ramp and it would have been great to use it if there wasn't steps right in front of it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ . 2. Stairs down to the disabled toliet, yes you read/saw that correctly. Possibly the worst part of this? It's a new building! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ . 3. And lastly the one that actually annoyed me, this f*#+ing toilet. So to get in you have to pay, bit ridiculous but hey it's not my country. However the door was ridiculously heavy and had a slippery handle. So I pay, grab door, start to pull, hands slips, door slams shut, can't get back in. Again a new building. . As I said normally fine but some massive oversights that were totally unnecessary but hey that's all the fun of traveling . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . . . . . #travelblog #travelguide #disability #disabled #wheelchair #wheelchairlife #baddesign #accessibility #travelbug

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Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength πŸ’ͺ . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . . . . . #AdaptToPerform #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #getstrong #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #weighttraining #liftingweights #buildingmuscle #liftheavy #weights #lifting #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #gymaddict #bodybuilding #muscle

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Back to work, I love having time off and enjoying a holiday but I equally enjoy coming back to my day to day! . This is due to having a dream and sticking to it, life is up and down but I'm loving the process and loving where I'm headed. . I never want to be stuck in a position where I'm either not enjoying what I'm doing or not progressing towards it! Life's too short 😊😊 . So I'm putting together a little post about Poland's Accessibility. Let's say it's 'interesting'. Hopefully be posting tomorrow πŸ‘Œ . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . Remember if you like what I do head over to patreon.com/AdaptToPerform to support the channel 😊😊 . . . . . #AdaptToPerform #wheelchair #wheelchairfitness #wheelchairlife #paralympics #disabled #spinalcordinjury #getstrong #quadriplegic #paraplegic #paralysed #paralyzed #weighttraining #liftingweights #buildingmuscle #liftheavy #weights #lifting #disabledfitness #wheelchairrugby #wheelchairbasketball #gymaddict #bodybuilding #muscle

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250m underground in a salt mine we found this beautiful church as well as all the other delights that the place had to offer! . If you're ever in Krakow it's a must visit, we had a private tour (wheelchair only one) which was really great! Very interesting. . Back home tomorrow but it's been super lovely 😊😊 . Your friendly neighborhood quadriplegic Ben 🀟 . . . . #krakow #poland #travelguide #travelblog #explorers

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