Real World Strength, formerly RWS CrossFit, was founded in October 2010.

The vision was simple: Create a strength & conditioning facility where ordinary folks could get the help they needed to become superhuman - on their terms.

Eventually the vision evolved: Partner with a rehab facility to forge a one-stop shop for people to recover from injury, learn how to move, and get fit while preventing future problems. This partnership worked wonderfully, but unforeseen circumstances brought it to a premature end.

As the world changed, so did RWS, and brick-and-mortar was left behind.
For those who struggle to make it to the gym...
Now the gym comes to you.

Meet the Coach: ​Justin "T-Bo" Thibault

Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach [Pn1]
OPEX CCP Level 1 Program Design & Assessment
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist [CSCS]
CrossFit Football
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Powerlifting
Alexander SMR method
CPR/AED/First Aid (Red Cross)
BA – Economics (Chapman University)


Maybe you can relate to parts of my story…
It’s long, so I’ve rhymed it to make it less “bore-y.”
Now I am NOT a “gifted” athlete, of any sort.
I don’t easily gain muscle and I’m not great at sport.
In junior high I was pudgy and my peers teased me,
So I started running outside of P.E.
I also tried “lifting weights,” without even a clue
Nor any instruction about what I should do.
In high school I was cut from the baseball team.
Major league pitcher? So much for that dream.
So I did junior varsity cross-country and track.
They’d take anybody; the tryouts were slack.
I ran the mile – not bad, but not great.
Not about to make varsity with 4:58.
More “lifting weights,” and no chance in hell
That anyone would teach me how to do it well.
Cross-country continued at university
On a team desperate for people – barely D3.
I’m happy to say I never came in last…
Cause we had guys that were slower; I sure wasn’t fast.
After two years I quit, ’cause it just isn’t fun
Getting up at 5:30 to go haul ass and run.
I tried to stay fit but I still didn’t know
The right way to train, so I hit a plateau.
I still thought that deep squats were bad for my knees,
And that full range of motion would make my joints wheeze.
In 2008, a firefighter told me
About something called CrossFit, and training GPP.
[That’s general physical preparedness.]
This website taught me a few important things
That I immediately wished younger-me had seen:
Practice movements real life’s sure to bring.
Mix it up – don’t get stuck in routine.
Track results, and improve through hard work.
Meat and veggies. Other crap? Drop the fork.
For me, suddenly everything crystallized.
Turned out fitness was simpler than I’d realized.
I jumped in with both feet, reading every book.
Good info is out there if you know where to look.
Over time, I got stronger and fitter indeed,
Now I’ve doubled my strength without hurting my speed.
A 240# snatch and sub-3:00 Fran?
No elite exerciser, but I do what I can.
[Okay, enough of the rhyming.]
So why did I open a gym?

To change the world, one deadlift at a time.
From my personal experience, these are the ways GPP training can revolutionize your life.
  1. Your training becomes a rock, a constant that you can take with you anywhere you go. The only equipment you need is a stopwatch…and some creativity.
  2. Training gives you a measure of control over how you feel and look.
  3. Your body has value unrelated to appearance. You can DO things, and you have to earn the right to say that.
  4. Your relationship with food gets an anchor point. Don’t just eat food for enjoyment, or to avoid starvation. Eat to elicit a specific response from the body and recover from training. (But every now and then, enjoy yourself a bit.)
  5. Training is a form of meditation, specifically when you’re working on skill refinement. It can help keep you sane when nothing else seems to be going right.

These are all things I didn’t have before 2008, and my life has changed for the better as an irrevocable consequence.
  • You CAN establish and maintain a healthy relationship with yourself.
  • You CAN earn the right to be proud of yourself and your achievements, regardless of genetic endowment.
  • You CAN create “future you” in your own image.
I’m here to show you how.

So why close my gym?

Technically it's not closed, just...different. Rents got crazy and I got fed up with the headaches endemic to a brick-and-mortar business, so I packed it up and took it on the road.

What can I do for you?

Well, I only have a few time slots still available...but if you're looking to get stronger and/or leaner either for life or for sport, I've been helping people do exactly that for the past 8 years. I've gotten pretty good at it.

  • Playing guitar, cooking, and writing, all of which I suppose I’m modestly good at
  • Eating, which I’m a little TOO good at
  • Drinking the OCCASIONAL beer (IPA’s and strong Belgian-style ales)
  • All varieties of caffeinated beverages (coffee, kombucha, tea)
  • Traveling with the girlfriend (she's fun and real purty)
  • Dabbling in other physical pursuits like rock climbing, OCR, and martial arts
  • Competing in Olympic weightlifting (PR's @ 81kg BWT: 109 SN, 137 CJ)