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Posts made in June, 2016

Beyond the Barbell

By on Jun 27, 2016 in Articles |

We train a variety of people with different issues that affect the body. From cystic fibrosis, to arthritis, to simple – but painful – shoulder or knee pain. This means training is often affected and it’s our job to help where we can with rehab or work around barriers to standard exercises. We have a range of speciality bars that help us with this, and to keep exercise interesting and varied for clients that haven’t got issues. I’ll go through the ones that get the most use between the trainers at Real World Fitness. Football/Swiss Bar Also known as the Swiss Bar, the Football Bar lets clients use a neutral hand position on presses, curls, and extensions, as opposed to a pronated grip which is typically used for barbell movements such as pressing and squatting. The Football Bar is a great variation to the standard bar and the main attraction for us as personal trainers, is how easy it is on the shoulders. For those with shoulder issues it allows for an alternative exercise to work around injuries long term or as a stop gap for a short term issue. It shifts the emphasis onto the triceps when using it during a pressing exercise and can also be used for hammer curls instead of traditional dumbbell curls. Trap Bar Let’s get one thing straight; conventional barbell deadlifts cannot be replaced. Trap bar work doesn’t carry over well to the regular deadlift but for anyone not hugely bothered about their deadlift numbers, I would say from my experience normal real world people pick up thetrap bar variation of deadlifts much easier than conventional barbell work, at least initially. For people that don’t compete in powerlifting, the Trap Bar is a great option. You can’t argue the benefits of picking up something heavy off the ground whether it be a Trap Bar or straight bar, so this option keeps people doing that movement when conventional deadlifts are off the menu. The biggest advantage to the Trap Bar is the handles – they keep the bar close to your centre of gravity. So in theory, it will make the lift safer. The Trap Bar can also be used for shrugs, farmer’s walks and some rowing variations in the...

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Start with “Why?”

By on Jun 6, 2016 in Articles |

One of the first things we ask a new client at their consultation is “why are you here?” It cuts straight to the point. It shows that we want to help someone with a goal, and it often makes someone think a little more about the specifics. We’ve had some interesting answers to that question. “I’m sick of feeling like crap, tired all the time” “My Mum/Dad died young and I don’t want my kids to go through that” “I’m tired of being skinny/fat/unfit” “I’m getting left behind in my sport and need to strengthen/get faster” We’ve also had other reasons we can’t really reveal, but suffice to say we’ve had clients with serious illnesses, serious time pressures or very tight deadlines to achieve set goals. These people usually, not always, but usually, do well. The ones who don’t? Well, they sound a little more like: “My husband/wife thinks I should lose weight” “My kids nag me because I can’t run around with them” “I want to get ripped for my summer holiday in two months” “Erm, I don’t know. Just get a bit fitter?” The difference should be obvious. The first group want it. They really, really want it. Some NEED it. They don’t need to live/breath/die for it…but they do actually care. They want to achieve something. The second group think they want it. They want to satisfy other people, or think they probably should be doing something about it, but aren’t that bothered yet. Think about the smoker who’s always quitting next month, versus the one who just….stops. No drama. Just quits and moves on. Commitment and actually having a reason are the difference. It’s OK if you’re doing it for someone else. But that person’s opinion has to matter to you immensely. When it gets tough, it’s too easy to let someone else down; it’s harder to give up on yourself, and your own reasons. Everyone thinks it’s the other way around, but in training, we see it time and time again – the reason, the why, has to come from YOU. What’s your reason? What matters to you? For me? I like to look half-decent. I like being strong for my size and weight....

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