Part of successful training is picking the right exercises. Most people – regardless of goals – should be basing training around how the body moves. That means some form of squat, some form of deadlift, a bench variation and a row/pull exercise. If you could only ever do four exercises, hitting deads, squats, bench and…

We’ve all been there. Taken leg day a bit too hard, then spent the next 5 days wishing you had hand rails next to the loo. Finding excuses not to use the stairs. Wincing when the cat jumps on your legs. No pain, no gain. Right? Well – yes and no. Training – of any…

What is the ACL? The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one the main stabilising components of your knee. It has a vital function in keeping the tibia (shinbone) moving in the right direction, and preventing painful rotations. It can handle around 500lbs of pressure before it starts to tear apart – but when it does,…

What will you be facing when you start out in the gym? I’m going to talk through some typical issues a lot of people will face when starting out a weight training program. These issues will typically be present as a result of a lifelong participation in a sport, leading a very inactive lifestyle or executing…

Much of what we do as humans is habit. It’s essential to our existence – the brain power required to make every single decision from scratch, every single time, would overwhelm us. We wouldn’t be able to function. For each event in life, thousands of times an hour, the brain effectively learns from the past,…

The ultra, ultra basics of gym success: 1. Turn up 3 or 4 times a week. Nothing happens without turning up. A shit session is vastly better than no session at all – and often, what you expect to be horrendous often isn’t as bad as you expected. 2. Write stuff down. Even if you…

Getting stronger and generally fitter is well known to be good for your health and well being. However the positive effects this can have on how long you live and how well preserved you remain in your old age are only recently becoming better understood. A US study published in 2016 concluded that  “Strength Training…

One of our biggest gripes as coaches is hearing all the different diet myths that float around,passed from person to person as if they’re facts.  We’ve got a great name for ourselves at RWF, with a strict no-bullshit approach, and we’re aware we probably come off sounding like we think our way on everything is…

Sleep is your best friend – but are you getting enough? Studies suggest simply being “awake” for over 18hrs results in the same kind of reaction times you’d expect from someone over the drink-drive limit. Given that a lot of people reckon they get less than 6hrs, you could be spending a good proportion of…

At Real World Fitness we’re big into our strength training. Our knowledge on strength training is not just for those who want to compete, but forms the foundation of most people’s programs in most goals, including muscle gain and weight loss. Check out our testimonials page for proof. We have had a lot of success…

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