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…

Last weekend, RWF took three lifters down to the BDFPA National Full Power Championships, held at Motiv8 Gym in King’s Lynn (if you’re in the area, go take a look. Lifting paradise!).     Derran was competing in the Open u90kg, Tim in the Open u82.5kg, and Charlie in the Open u63kgs. The venue was…

This is a guest post from Charlotte Hughes (Instagram here), who’s gone from treadmill-and-bodypump, to standing on stage in the UKBFF Bikini Class, to competing at the BDFPA Powerlifting National Championships in the space of just 4 years. And so the journey begins I took 2nd. My first ever Powerlifting competition and I came in…

  If you go to the gym, one of the first things you’ll be asked is… how much can you bench? Never how much you squat, never what your gym is like, or what music it plays, whether the staff are any good. No doubt about it: pushing a heavy weight off your chest is…

At Real World Fitness, we’re big into our strength training. With two competing powerlifters as coaches, and one more planning on having a go, we take pride in practising what we preach. Our knowledge on strength is not just for those who want to compete, though. Not by a long shot.

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft   Traditional approaches to weight loss can be misleading. Everyone likes to demonise one food group, and this misconception can spread very easily. “Fats make you fat” and “Sugar is the enemy” are the main two culprits.  Behind these approaches is often what is preventing you from losing weight and keeping…

Contributed by Tim Wheatcroft Anyone that follows any of my (or Real World Fitness’s) work knows we like trying to lift semi-heavy weights while pulling faces. My colleague Derran recently wrote an article on squatting, so I thought I would write a little bit on the deadlift from my perspective. Everyone has different mechanics and…

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