Read about their journeys below....

  • I wouldn’t be making these really important health changes without you.  It means a lot to me and my wife – Dan Joy

    Dan has been training with Derran for around 4 years now. He’s mid 40s, has a busy job in a demanding industry and a family. He wanted to get strong, add some muscle and have a focus to his training. He’s now hitting a 120kg bench, 185kg squat and 215kg deadlifts, amongst other stuff. Dan’s first BUPA…

  • Raising the bar for pre/postnatal fitness – Charlotte Hughes

    So you’re pregnant. Not only must you now give up the prosecco, cured meats and coffee but you must also give up exercise….right? Wrong. Join me on a reminisce through my prenatal fitness journey. First Trimester I’m not going to pretend I didn’t struggle. The first trimester saw me through the majority of the summer,…

  • I had a personal trainer before and didn’t notice any progress…but training with Derran has been a completely different experience

    In January 2013, I found myself recovering from surgery, grieving and heavier and more unfit than I had ever been. I resolved to lose weight and ‘do some exercise’. I had an idea of what to do about my diet but no idea about the exercise part of the equation. I’m not someone who particularly…

  • I now like what I see in the mirror, I am strong, I am healthy, and I have made friends for life at RWF

    My training began with Tim Wheatcroft from Real World Fitness in June 2018 Heaviest weight I remember being: 73.4kg Lightest weight since training: 60.2kg! Today’s lifting figures: Squat: 80kg Bench: 40kg Deadlift: 90kg I started my journey after getting to a ‘chunkier’ and unhealthy version of myself. It frustrates me massively that I let myself…

  • A few years ago I had bowel surgery…but now at 48 years of age I have never been fitter or stronger and am certainly able to lift heavy!

    You could say that I have been a bit ‘sporadic’ with regards to exercise in the past. In my 20’s I dabbled a bit with aerobics, I did a bit of kick boxing and I went to the gym for a while. There was a time (in my 30’s) when I did very little in…

  • Kate's hard work has paid off.

    “…one year on 6 dress sizes smaller, I’ve lost 47kg… The difference is this time I’ll know I’ll succeed and more importantly I’ll keep it off.” – Kate

    I started my journey a year ago with Tim at RWF. I had reached a low point, I was sick of the endless yo yo diets and contradicting advice from people whom were all ‘supposed’ experts. I had tried every diet known to man…all that happened was i would lose alot, but gained back even…

  • “When I realised I was fat I went to the work gym… 12 months and no results later I looked for a PT…” – Gareth Bates

    September 2013 was when I realised I was fat. Not just a little bit overweight, but FAT (17st3lb at 6ft)!  I did what lots of other people do, I started to eat less and exercise more.  I started going to the work gym, but after an induction of how to use the machines, I was…

  • “My goal was to go to university with a flat stomach and more confidence…” – Simran Purewal

    When I was younger I always hated how I looked and I was teased at school for being overweight. I tried different diets and mainly sat on the bike at the gym thinking that I was doing the best I could do to lose the weight I had but on through my teenage years. My…

  • “I couldn’t put my socks on in a morning without pain and a struggle… now I am doing a full IRONMAN” – Mike Grogan

    I found Real World Fitness after googling back pain recovery training and saw some of the recommendations from their clients on the website so thought I would give it a go. This was October 2015. After stopping playing rugby in 2013 due to niggling injuries I had flared up a back injury caused by a…

  • “8-months before my wedding day I needed Laura’s help to get in fabulous shape” – Emma Cockcroft

    I began training with Laura Hewitt just after becoming engaged, a mere 8-months before Jonathan’s and my wedding day. I’ve been a regular gym goer from the age of 29 and wasn’t it bad shape, but I needed Laura’s help to get in fabulous shape for my special day. My sister was married on 31st…

  • “Learning weightlifting has changed my life in so many positive ways” – Steve Cantellow

    Work and life can be challenging sometimes and it is important to have an outlet to energise you and give perspective.

    I chose weightlifting because I was looking for a sport that would not only develop strength but also engage my mind. I chose Laura because of her credentials as a weightlifter and as a teacher.

  • “I really feel that I get the benefit of Laura’s experience and expertise as an International lifter” – Sam De La Bertouche

    Want to be coached by one of the best? How about a two-time British champion and Commonwealth Games athlete? Gym member Sam has coaching from RWF’s Laura Hewitt for his Olympic lifting goals: “I got in contact with Laura after playing around with the Olympic lifts after several years of bodybuilding. From that very first…

  • “As a pretty experienced lifter I was surprised to see such improvements so quickly” – Jake Hinson

    “I’m currently undergoing a programme written by James at RWF, and I have to say I’m incredibly surprised with the results in both strength and size. As a pretty experienced lifter I was surprised to see such improvements so quickly and with such subtle changes. We recently changed a few things up with the programme,…