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…

How many times have you decided to make a major change to your life, only to be scuppered almost instantly by your old habits? It’s not really your fault. Habits are formed over time and are incredibly difficult to break. The very nature of a habit ensures you find yourself doing it before consciously thinking…

Contributed by Angela Bates, Registered NHS Dietician Losing weight can be hard work.  If it was easy, no one would be overweight. In theory it seems so simple: eat less, move more = weight loss.  However, we are human beings with thoughts and feelings.  We are often trying to juggle family, friends, work commitments and…

At RWF, we try and live in the real world. For many people, training and fat loss/muscle gain is important to them. However, it’s not important to the point that they will completely abstain from drinking going out and socialising – and rightly or wrongly, socialising often involves alcohol. Alcohol and training are a bad…

A huge part of PTing is teaching. A huge proportion of PTs think that beasting a client is what they are there for. AT RWF, we don’t do “beastings”. Any idiot can stand over someone and shout “1 more rep” until their client collapses. Not many can explain, demonstrate and teach someone how to train…

We’ve never had easier, cheaper access to information than ever before. If you wanted to, you could learn a new language in a matter of months. Free. From your sofa. In your pants. You could decide to start an online business. In a matter of hours, you could have a website, some products and a…

We have several vegan and vegetarian lifters at RWF, both as gym members and clients. This is a really useful article that simply deals with the practicalities and reality of being a vegan lifter: Plant Gains? Advice to the Vegetarian and Vegan Athlete. Seasoned vegans will maybe know most of it; newer converts may find…

In a world where we’re all encouraged to be the best version of you, love ourselves, tell ourselves we can be anything we want and that we’re always good enough regardless of whether it’s true, it’s difficult to recognise the truth. Sometimes we’re not where we need or want to be. This fake-positivity has come,…

A lot of the PT profession spends more time trying to impress you with their knowledge, than getting you results. I’m not anti-science, not by a LONG shot. But you have to realise that most people do not care about their valgus knees, their inactive medial glute and their kyphotic tendencies. As a PT, yes,…

Suggest to people that keeping an eye on their bank balance might be a good idea, and no-one bats an eyelid. You know; just make sure enough is coming in to match everything going out. Check your balance once a week or so. We all know if we don’t pay attention, we spend more than…

It seems to be human nature to focus on the little things that make no difference, while ignoring the vast areas of life that we can make positive changes to. We stress about being too busy at work, when in reality we could just work a bit smarter or turn up half an hour earlier….

Ok – you’ve started a new fitness kick. It’s going great. But now your PT has told you to “up your protein intake”… The “why” isn’t what we’re going to get into here (let’s just say recovery, muscle growth/retention and feeling satisfied after a meal are the basic reasons), it’s the HOW and the WHAT….

Back to Basics Every now and then, no matter whether you’ve been training decades or months, a good old fashioned turn-it-off-turn-it-on-again is needed. It’s human nature to convince ourselves we’re better than we are, or more advanced than we are, and there aren’t many arenas more susceptible to that than the gym. The hard truth…

It’s finally happening! No, not the potential to win a World Cup. Something even rarer – a consistent few weeks of the kind of weather that shocks Brits to the core. We’re not set up to deal with it, so it hits us hard. Especially those of us who train and want to at least…

The other day, my colleague Tim and I were chatting about our client lists. We realised that between us, we train 34 (yep, 34) clients that are over 40yrs old. Luckily, a few of them are folk in their 60s, who refer to “you young’uns” enough for me to believe I’m still one (at 42),…

As myths and misconceptions go, the idea that all personal training clients are bored housewives with nothing better to do with their time and money is up there with Bootea being good for you, and endless treadmill running being the best way to lose fat. In short, it’s (let’s go all topical) fake news.  …

  Contributed by Charlotte Hughes. So you’re pregnant. Not only must you now give up the prosecco, cured meats and coffee but you must also give up exercise….right? Wrong. Join me on a reminisce through my prenatal fitness journey. First Trimester I’m not going to pretend I didn’t struggle. The first trimester saw me through…

When we set up the RWF Gym six months ago, we were very conscious that we were taking a very successful personal training business into a whole new arena. I’d personally spent nearly 8 years setting up a company that encouraged all walks of life to accept that personal training, and getting stronger, was for…

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