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….

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…

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…

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