Real World Fitness | Personal trainer in Nottingham

Personal trainer in Nottingham

Personal Trainer In Nottingham

No gimmicks, no quick-fixes. Just honest, solid personal training methods and advice to help you get results…whatever your goal.

If you’re looking for a personal trainer based in West Bridgford and Nottingham City Centre, we can help you:

 Gain muscle using methods guaranteed to work

 Improve your diet without banning foods

 Increase your performance at your chosen sport

 Rehab an injury and prevent future incidents

 Train through your pregnancy and get back into shape afterwards

Virtual PT – Online Personal Training and Nutrition


If you’re currently at a gym, or have your own equipment at home, our ‘Virtual Personal Trainer’ arrangement is perfect. Unlimited training and nutrition support via email, including nutritional planning matched to YOU and effective training plans based on the equipment you have available, your goals, and the times you are able to train.

You take care of the physical effort, and let RWF take care of all your planning.

Personal Training Gym In Nottingham


Real World Fitness operate a gym just outside Nottingham City Centre.

We have private changing facilities, toilets and showers.

For more details of the full RWF Gym, please visit If you aren’t after personal training, no problem – the gym is open to everyone. We offer day passes for £6 (pack of ten for £50) and monthly memberships for £50 per month.

There’s also plenty of parking – we have ten spaces dedicated to the gym and pretty much unlimited free on-street parking.


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Real World Fitness was set up to make health and fitness simpler.

Being fit, healthy and strong is hard work, but ANYONE can do it.

We will get you results

We’ll do it realistically and, more importantly, in a way you can stick to. The best training and nutrition plan in the world is worthless if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle.

We’ll make sure that your effort and determination is channeled into the right places, saving you months or years to get where you want to be. We will help you to see through all the conflicting advice out there, and get to your goals quicker.

We will save you time

At RWF, we have a genuine passion for health and fitness – this is a vocation for the PTs here, not just a job. We genuinely enjoy helping people getting fitter, stronger and healthier.

We will not waste your time with methods that are ineffective, or incompatible with your life.

We have over 30,000 hours of experience between us

Between the team at RWF, we have a huge wealth of real-life, face-to-face experience training people.

We’ve seen people from all walks of life, all professions, and all ability levels succeed with us.

It’s highly unlikely we can’t help you – but if we can’t, we know our limitations and we’ll refer to someone better suited for you.





Real World Fitness are a certified Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach

Do you want to lose weight?


If your answer is yes, you join over 50% of the UK’s population that isn’t happy with their weight.



If you’re reading this page, it means you’ve already decided to make a change.




You’ve come to the right place.



At RWF, we won’t bamboozle you with science. We won’t force you to eat only green things, or starve yourself for two days a week. We won’t tell you never to eat chocolate, and we won’t ban you from nights out with friends.

We’ll treat you like a person. We know you have a life and that you want this ‘new me’ process to fit in around it. We also know you realise there will be changes needed.

We promise that:

  1. We will not ruin your social life, and your health, in the pursuit of the body you want.
  2. We’ll get you there, with as much support as you need.
  3. We’ll improve your health and make you fitter, stronger and more confident in the process.

We won’t stand and shout at you while you exercise.

We won’t tell you off and treat you like a child for having a bad weekend, or making mistakes.

We will help you to find ways to make a healthier, fitter lifestyle start to become an enjoyable part of your life – not an intrusion into it.

One-to-One Personal Training in Nottingham

Real World Fitness can get you fitter, stronger and help banish joint and back pain.

Whatever your fitness goal, you’ll be guaranteed 100% attention and dedication to help get you there. These sessions will be designed with your input, to make sure you get an understanding of your training.

Check out our prices page for more details.

This training can be specifically targeted:

We enjoy a fully-equipped Nottingham city centre gym – stocked with everything you need to succeed.

View some client testimonials here

Get in touch and tell us what YOU want to achieve.


Virtual Personal Training


If you’re currently at a gym, or have your own equipment at home, it’s worth considering a ‘Virtual PT’ arrangement. Unlimited training and diet support via email, including a nutrition plan matched to your goals and effective training plans based on the equipment you have available, your goals, and the times you are able to train. You take care of the physical effort, and let RWF take care of all your nutrition and exercise planning.

This is a three month package at £200, or £375 for six months. Just get in touch via the Contact Us page.

The Virtual PT arrangement involves RWF setting you calorie and macro-nutrient targets based on your goals, and helping you with identifying the best foods/meals to hit those targets. We also do full meal planning for people who’d rather follow a set menu. The food planning is not restrictive, and within your targets allows you to eat without overly strict rules.

The exercise element involves RWF planning your training, giving you monthly or six-weekly workout schedules based on the equipment and time you have available and your progress. RWF also happily review any video footage you take of your exercise form to ensure everything is being done properly, although the video element is not essential.

You would have unlimited access to RWF via email/text/phone for the entire period – no question too daft!

To get started on this Virtual Personal Training arrangement, please get in touch via the Contact Us page. Alternatively, if you have any questions about the service you would like clarifying before committing, please contact us here

Kettlebell Training

Kettlebells are a hugely popular form of resistance training and cardiovascular conditioning. Shaped like cannonballs with handles, these weights come in many different sizes to suit all abilities. The benefits from introducing kettlebell training to your life are vast – nothing comes close to making such drastic improvements in CV ability, fat loss and muscular endurance.

Our basic three-session course costs £120. Each session lasts an hour, and you’ll learn all the essential kettlebell moves and how to implement them into established training sessions and drills. You’ll also learn some basic tricks to improve your fitness to get the best out of your training. We even throw in a free individualised diet plan, matched up to YOUR goals! We guarantee after three sessions, you’ll be hooked!



We now offer sports massage in Nottingham at Real World Fitness.

Please get in touch to book in for your sports massage.

The cost is £45 for an initial visit including a consultation, then £40 per session subsequently.


Who am I seeing?

Tim Wheatcroft is a fully qualified , experienced sports massage therapist and personal trainer.


We have a dedicated massage room within the RWF Gym in Nottingham, ensuring your massage is private and undisturbed. We have shower and change facilities available, so it’s possible to freshen up before/afterwards, making it easy to come before or after work.

What is it?

Sports massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of all the soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Sports massage can play an important role in keeping anyone fit and mobile regardless of. Massage has a number of physical, physiological and psychological benefits.

What does it do?

Maintaining your body’s health takes time and dedication. Preventing injuries and loss of mobility, curing and restoring mobility to injured muscle tissue, boosting performance and extending the longevity of physical activity.

Increased circulation – The stroking movements in massage push fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels improving circulation. Pressure is increased in front of each stroke while a vacuum is created behind which acts like a pump. This is a crucial process for tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy with which to repair.

Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourages the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.

Improved flexibility – massage restores muscle length and is more powerful for improving flexibility than traditional stretching methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways with massage which also stretches the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up. This impact on fascia is significant as injury research shows that fascia is responsible for a large percentage of injuries, chronic pain and ineffective response to treatment.

Breaks down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can then lead to inflexible tissues which are prone to re-injury and long-term pain.

Improved tissue elasticity – Hard training and long-term exercising can make tissues hard and inelastic and this can reduce the gains expected from training, leading to plateaus and motivational lows. Massage helps to reset and maintain the natural elastic properties of soft tissue.

Pain reduction – Tension and excess waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways, including releasing the bodies endorphins.

Relaxation – Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechano-receptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.

James Coleman – 94kg to 81kg (and still going!)

“The long road back…”


My journey to fitness originally started in 2012 when three very busy years after opening a Specsavers franchise, I decided that at 32, 5’7” and 14 stone (89kg) enough was enough, and I needed to make some serious changes.

I played a lot of sport through my teens and twenties, but as my career developed I found myself doing very little/no physical activity and eating too much food and drinking too much alcohol. Having very little time, I knew it wasn’t practical to join a club to participate in a team sport and as for gyms, I had no idea about weightlifting!

As a result, I decided that running would be an easy way of me being able to train when I could, and hopefully give me some increased fitness and help with shifting the weight. I set myself the challenge of running a half marathon in under two hours. I embarked on a reasonably strict training regime I managed to compete the Greta North run in 1 hour 54 minutes. I hated the training, but did feel satisfied with my achievement and I did benefit from some decent weight-loss too; now weighing a more respectable 82kg. whilst I never looked forward to a run, I accepted that at that point it had served me well in terms of fitness and weight-loss and so I thought I would stick with the status quo.

Through 2013 I continued to train for the 2013 Great North Run, and whilst my weight-loss had very much plateaued, the times I was running meant that I might be in with a shout of running an even better time than in 2012. Then, in August of that year, a month before the event, I started to experience constant knee pain whenever I ran more than a mile or so. Against the advice of a physiotherapist, I still entered the GNR, and whilst my knee injury hampered me severely, I still managed to hobble round. By the time I had finished the race I could barely walk. From this point onwards, the slide back into my previous habits began.

The knee injury kept me from running for 3 months, and during that time I jumped onto the food and booze wagon spectacularly and the weight started to pile back on. I attempted running again in February 2014, but soon became injured (again) after twisting my ankle on a boozy night out (whilst dressed as Ace Rimmer from Red Dwarf, I might add!) and so again I was confined to the couch. This became the recurring cycle over the following months; every attempted comeback quickly followed by an injury…ankle, knee, hip, lower back. In essence, I had stopped exercising regularly for about a year, and the weight had crept up past its previous high to around 94kg!!!

I then saw a photo of myself at a black tie function, and I was mortified. How had that happened? I knew something had to change, and I knew I couldn’t go back to running as I was getting injured all the time and also because frankly, I didn’t/don’t enjoy it.

Through a chance reading of an advert for a strongman/bootcamp class on Twitter, I though I would give that a go as it sounded hard but fun, and something completely different from what I had done previously. I started attended the bootcamp classes at Real World Fitness in October 2014, and I had finally found something that appealed to me. From attending these classes, I started to read a lot of the testimonials on the RWF website and began to understand that if I wanted to make some lasting changes to my body, then I would need to look at my body composition; something that running just didn’t address.

I took the decision to start training with Derran in the December of 2014 after taking him up on the offer of a free PT session that he advertised. From that point onwards I knew I was in very capable hands after we discussed what my goals were, and what sort of frequency I would like to train. I decided that I wanted to train three times per week and the ultimate goal was ripped straight from the film American Beauty, where Kevin Spacey is asked about his training goals and he responds “I just want to look good naked”. That was my goal.

I was completely new to weightlifting and so Derran took great care in teaching me the specifics of technique, explaining that this would give us a solid platform upon which to build. Each training cycle was laid out for me and we discussed indetail the benefits of me doing large compound lifts as much as possible so to try to build as much muscle as possible to give me the biggest bang for my buck in terms of raising my basic metabolic rate. Also, at each stage of my training thus far, I have received continual guidance on nutrition and the ratios of macronutrients I need to try to achieve to give me the greatest fat loss whilst also building my strength.

At no point in the training have I ever felt hungry. Sometimes there have been things that I really craved, but I tried to factor these into my daily allowance, and if I didn’t have the remaining calories, I went without (obviously not all the time, because I am not a monk, and there have been many times along the way where I have fallen off the horse; however I always made sure this was only a day or so, and never stretched into more than that) One of the best examples, and personally most satisfying aspects of my strength improvements to date, relates to chin-ups. On January 1st 2014 I could barely do a single chin up. By the middle of the summer I was able to do 4 sets of 8, and some sets even woth a 5kg weight bet added. To many this may seem like nothing, but for someone who had never done a chin-up I his life, this was a major achievement!

Over the months my training remained varied and challenging, and Derran’s support and knowledge gave me the confidence to get some of those extra reps out!

My strength gains have continued through the whole process, and when suffering from various niggles, Derran has always found a way to adapt the training accordingly, meaning I wasn’t having to miss any training sessions. This was extremely important to me, given my history with injuries and how I had very quickly fallen down the slippery slope previously.

As the year has progressed, I have begun to become more interested in the strength training programmes, and we have worked a lot on my squat and deadlift (the bench press has been sidelined for past couple of months because of shoulder tendon injury) and I feel that pleased that having never squatted or deadlifted before May and June of this year, respectively, my current 1RM are 132.5kg squat and 160kg DL. We are due to test these next week  and I am hopeful that we can eek out a new PB on both!

In summary, this year has completely opened my eyes to a new way of training and eating, and has provided me with some very real changes in my physique and strength. It has given me much more confidence in my appearance, and I have started to read much more about the science of training and nutrition and as I’m naturally quite a competitive person, I am really keen to carry on with the strength gains and see what I am actually capable of achieving when the weight-loss part of my journey is fully complete.

It has been a tough, but extremely rewarding year on many levels. My weight has come down from 94kg to 81kg and my old clothes now drown me. I have come a long way over the past 12 months and hope that my story can spur other people who have suffered setbacks like me. Real World Fitness is a place where I have felt completely comfortable in every way, and would really encourage anyone who is nervous about training to make that step.

Its given me a new focus, and I cant wait to see what 2016 brings.

James Coleman James Coleman