Confession time: I was one of those idiot PTs, back before I had a kid, who was pretty dismissive of the difficulties of training around having kids. Well, dismissive probably isn’t the right word – I was maybe a little ‘how hard can it be, just get on with it’. Given I’ve now got four…

Anyone who’s spent some time training will, at some point, have had a “shoulder issue”. The shoulder joint, and muscular support around it, is the most complicated joint in nature. When it works, it’s a thing of wonder – but, as with all complicated things, the fix when it goes wrong isn’t easy. This article…

Why is it such a struggle to sometimes move to the next weight up? Obvious answer: more weight is heavier, and you’re probably not strong enough! But, within that, there’s a LOT more at play. Here’s some factors: Movements involving lots of small muscles Let’s use a barbell shoulder press as an example. There’s a…

If you’ve been training a while, even a new programme can start to feel like groundhog day. Hooray – broadly the same exercises with some different rep and set ranges, how terribly exciting! It gets to the point where you’ve kinda done most things. So, how can you keep the spark alive without inventing ‘one-legged-squats-with-curls-on-a-Bosu-ball’…

To people outside of gyms, it’s often a source of amazement that people pay a personal trainer. “I wouldn’t pay someone to count for me” “Just teach yourself on YouTube” “It’s lazy getting someone else to do the work for you” Unsurprisingly, we think all those statements are pretty ignorant. As usual, the loudest critics…

Honestly – we hear this a lot (and no, the featured pic is NOT our gym!). You’re at your local Pure Gym/Virgin/DL and it’s just too damn busy. But, it’s also convenient – it’s round the corner from work or home, and your work and family commitments mean it’s a struggle to go to a…

Why do you see us using the trap bar with clients, and sometimes when training ourselves? If you’ve been a user of conventional deadlifts in your program, along with barbell squats and an almost exclusive barbell ridden program; you might see yourself as a bit of barbell purist. A lot of weight lifters and powerlifters…

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 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…

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….

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