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 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…

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…

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…

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