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Do you hate trying to lose weight?

Today has been a nice relaxed Sunday for me.

I’ve trained this morning (yoga + lifting + gymnastics), been shopping, listened to the football, had a nap on the sofa, been for a run and I’m now working.

Granted, I have been afforded this rare luxury of being able to enjoy my day without any time pressure from work, social appointments, family or children. What this has done has highlighted something that I already am aware of – I train because I enjoy it!

For a lot of people, their initial introduction to fitness is accompanied by a pressing drive – an urge to get where they want to be, quickly.

Those who have put in the work mentally, physically and with their nutrition, know that there comes a point when you have been doing it for long enough and made enough progress to realise that it’s an ongoing process, which is so much more gratifying if you enjoy what you are doing.

You can’t wait to train. To go to the gym. To train in the garage. To follow a yoga video on YouTube. To go out for a run. To get signed up for Tough Mudder. To sign up for a half marathon. To work on your deadlift. To learn to do a handstand.

All of these. Some of these. None of these. Find what works for you. That ace combination of something that you love doing that also helps you to Reach your goals.

It’s not something that you have to do. It’s not something that you begrudge doing because you’re just trying to shift a few stones.

It’s something that you look forward to. Something that interests you. Something that you enjoy. Something that you would be doing twice a day if you could.

My advice is to try and adopt this attitude from the start. Here are four tips:

  1. Decide on your goal.
  2. Research some ways to achieve it (there’s often more than one way).
  3. Decide which way has the right balance of efficacy and enjoyment.
  4. Resolve to make it as much a part of your life as watching TV or going to work.

If you can do this then you’ll never begrudge having to train and it will become a huge source of enjoyment.

Dan Sroda
Personal Trainer at Reach Personal Training
Dan Sroda is a Personal Trainer based in Birstall, serving Leeds and Bradford.

As the owner and lead trainer at Reach Personal Training, I am responsible for the philosophy of the business and overseeing client programmes.

My mission is for Reach Personal Training to be synonymous with a long-term, real-life approach to health and fitness. We help our clients to integrate health and fitness into their busy lives. We don't do fads. We don't do crash diets. We do "Fitness For Life".

I have a family. I’ve always worked (and not always in the fitness industry). I have housework and shopping to do. I have a REAL life. So I know what it takes to balance a real life with a sustainable approach to health and fitness.

If I can do it then anyone else can too. All you need is the desire to make eating healthily and keeping fit a priority in your life. An hour a day, thirty minutes a day, even fifteen minutes a day of exercise, supported with a healthy diet based on whole foods, is all it takes to make steady long-term progress towards looking and feeling fantastic.

I have a few simple values upon which I have built Reach Personal Training. Only personal trainers who share these values will be part of our team.

- Friendliness. Just be a genuinely nice person, it's dead simple and it's the best way to live. Smile as much as possible and try to see the best in every situation.

- No fads. No pseudoscience. My background in academia makes me question everything. There is so much nonsense in the fitness industry, mainly because some people are in it to make money so they'll believe anything and questioning it will mean they can't believe in the product. We are different. We do what works. We use science to create our programmes and we never put profit over effectiveness. You will NEVER find Herbalife or Forever Living in our studio!


The Reach Personal Training approach to health and fitness is no-nonsense but fun, friendly and motivating. We don’t do short-cuts or fad diets. Our FAT LOSS and BODY TONING training programmes are based on science and common-sense and they get long-lasting results.

If you hate the thought of drifting aimlessly from machine to machine around a commercial gym, with Jeremy Kyle on the TV, then get in touch today to enquire about our Private Personal Training & Group PT packages

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