Spend your time following “elite coaches” on Instagram and you’d be forgiven for thinking that any average person can go from ‘never trained’ to ‘cover model’ in 8 weeks. Maybe that person inspires you to look around your local area to find someone who can do that for you. Maybe you’re then underwhelmed by the…

Contributed by Matt Stafford How long should my session last? Many people see it as a badge of honour to do a three hour gym session. Regardless of whether you’re training for hypertrophy or strength, a session that lasts over 1 hour is most often counterproductive. (Click here for some training plans that take just…

Contributed by RWF Gym member Sam de la Bertauche “Enjoy your body, Use it every way you can… Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own…”  — Baz Luhrman — Sunscreen Embracing the adventure of improving your body is one of the best things that you can…

The other day, we put up an article about the kind of support we think you have a right to expect from your PT/coach. We didn’t look at what technical competence you should expect from them. The general public assume all PTs are the same  – knowledge-wise at least – when the truth couldn’t be…

Are you getting this from your PT? Let’s face it. PT is a luxury product. It’s likely to be one of your biggest outgoings each month. With any costly product, surely you want to make sure you’re getting the professional service you want? Sadly, too many people are paying too many PTs who deliver sub-standard…

Contributed by Matt Stafford Do you even fat grip? Small changes can make a huge difference when implemented over time. I will always use subtle differences in my training. One very easy, small change is the use of thick (axle) bars or fat grip accessory equipment. Here at RWF we have both. This attention to detail…

  Contributed by Matt Stafford The majority of us are living longer now, and will hopefully live well into our eighties. Many of our grandparents had manual jobs, which helped them to remain strong and active. Unfortunately today, the majority of the population have desk-based jobs and very rarely do anything strength- related. Much of…

Did you know you could do this at RWF Gym? At Real World Fitness Gym, a large number of gym members are having professional coaching. But for those that don’t use our coaching and like to program for themselves, we thought we’d offer some suggestions of movements you might not think you could do here….

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…

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