So, we’ve had the RWF Gym for nearly four months now. And we’ve learned a LOT. Most of it good, and a lot of it relating to strategic timing of coffee to keep you alert over 15hr days… Things have gone better than expected. We’ve signed up a big chunk of the members towards our…

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft   You’ve decided you want to get fit, improve your training, lose weight – whatever your goal is. You’ve emailed us and explained your circumstances, why you’re ready to start and what you want to achieve. Getting to this part is further than most people get, and is vitally important. So, once…

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft   As personal trainers, do we want you to pay for personal training sessions for the rest of your life and be entirely dependent on 1-to-1 sessions? NO!     We can’t speak for most other personal trainers (well, actually we could but it wouldn’t be very professional) but at Real…

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…

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….

Countless people suffer unnecessarily with lower back pain. I’m not going to recount endless statistics about it, because for one – you’ve already heard them. Two, if you’re suffering with back pain it often feels pretty lonely. There’s no real comfort in numbers or in being a statistic. As personal trainers, or coaches, or however…

Our weekly round-up of articles we’ve found useful and interesting. Well, I say weekly but I’ve been INCREDIBLY slack and not done one for ages. This week’s theme is a bit ranty – promise we’ll find and share some decent technical articles for next time. Thanks to all the writers and creators of these articles…

Did you know that Cristiano Ronaldo uses Herbalife? He does – just look: It’s annoying, really, because the Herbalife idiots always pull it out. If one of the best footballers the world has ever seen uses it, how dare you, a dumb PT, say it’s a rubbish product? Bugger. That stumps a lot of arguments….

The PT profession gets a lot of stick – and in many cases, rightly so. We’re often seen as ogres, military-style drill sergeants, and proponents of dietary advice that would make even Gillian McKeith blush. In amongst all of that, though, is a core of decent trainers struggling hard against a tide of, frankly, bullshit….

I fear my title may have given away my stance on this issue too soon. But please, if you have the merest interest in debate rather than “la-la-la-I’m-not-listening-you-bigot”, read on a little. Social media discussions over the last few days were sparked after a popular daytime TV show ran this story: Will you allow me…

The chances are you’ve said, at some point, “my problem is “. If you PT people for a living, you’ll hear that phrase, or a variation of it, daily or weekly. Most commonly, it’s “my problem is I just can’t eat one biscuit, I have to finish the pack“. Or, “my problem is, if I…

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft Another ‘assistance’ exercise which will help contribute to overall strength is the overhead press, a more common variation of it being a ‘military press’. OHPs were considered THE test of upper body strength long before bench pressing took over. The test of how strong you really were always used to lie in…

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft   This blog is a little bit about what I’ve done since my previous article on my own physical transformation. My experience at the BDFPA National Full Power championships overall was a very, very pleasing one. Check out my video montage of the day: I managed a 175kg squat, 127.5kg (PB) bench press…

I have a confession to make: I don’t like rugby.     I’ve tried and tried, but I just can’t do it. Now, this doesn’t make sense. I like team sports. I like physical sports, I like contact and *ahem* controlled violence. I even like close contact with another man’s pelvic area….well, maybe that’s a…

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft   Strength training is becoming ‘bigger’ in fitness now. People are realising the benefits, and it is great to see. You will see the RWF trainers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter posting a lot of videos of squats, benching and deadlifts as we’re training to ultimately increase strength in these. Part of increasing…

Last weekend, RWF took three lifters down to the BDFPA National Full Power Championships, held at Motiv8 Gym in King’s Lynn (if you’re in the area, go take a look. Lifting paradise!).     Derran was competing in the Open u90kg, Tim in the Open u82.5kg, and Charlie in the Open u63kgs. The venue was…

This is a guest post from Charlotte Hughes (Instagram here), who’s gone from treadmill-and-bodypump, to standing on stage in the UKBFF Bikini Class, to competing at the BDFPA Powerlifting National Championships in the space of just 4 years. And so the journey begins I took 2nd. My first ever Powerlifting competition and I came in…

Our weekly round-up of articles we’ve found useful and interesting. Thanks to all the writers and creators of these articles – without people releasing great content free to the world, we’d all be a lot mentally poorer! The Complete Strength Guide – beginner, intermediate or advanced? Essential reading. What NOT to do in training A…

Our weekly round-up of articles we’ve found useful and interesting. Thanks to all the writers and creators of these articles – without people releasing great content free to the world, we’d all be a lot mentally poorer! Training to failure – the science All you’ll ever need to know about Creatine Detoxes are a waste…

  If you go to the gym, one of the first things you’ll be asked is… how much can you bench? Never how much you squat, never what your gym is like, or what music it plays, whether the staff are any good. No doubt about it: pushing a heavy weight off your chest is…

This is the first of a weekly round-up of the best things we’ve read over the past week. We constantly find interesting, thought provoking or just plain helpful articles – and usually simply retweet/share them. As well as doing that, we’re now going to put them all together here, so you don’t have to go…

At Real World Fitness, we’re big into our strength training. With two competing powerlifters as coaches, and one more planning on having a go, we take pride in practising what we preach. Our knowledge on strength is not just for those who want to compete, though. Not by a long shot.

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft Eating can be expensive. Every time we go to the supermarket it can seem like we’re getting less for our money. Supermarkets don’t want you to eat healthily. They don’t care how you eat. They don’t care about obesity and they certainly don’t care if your food bill is draining you…

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft   Traditional approaches to weight loss can be misleading. Everyone likes to demonise one food group, and this misconception can spread very easily. “Fats make you fat” and “Sugar is the enemy” are the main two culprits.  Behind these approaches is often what is preventing you from losing weight and keeping…

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft Anyone that follows any of my (or Real World Fitness’s) work knows we like trying to lift semi-heavy weights while pulling faces. My colleague Derran recently wrote an article on squatting, so I thought I would write a little bit on the deadlift from my perspective. Everyone has different mechanics and…

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