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…

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…

At Real World Fitness we’re big into our strength training. Our knowledge on strength training is not just for those who want to compete, but forms the foundation of most people’s programs in most goals, including muscle gain and weight loss. Check out our testimonials page for proof. We have had a lot of success…

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…

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…

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…

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