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Getting the balance between goals, health and happiness

We focus a lot on compliance towards our goals but it’s absolutely vital that we constantly check our goals to make sure they don’t cross the line between health and illness – between what makes us happy and what makes us unhappy.

Doctors take the Hippocratic oath and adhere to the principle of “Primum non nocere” (do no harm) and ever since I founded this business I’ve tried to follow the same principles.

Some people tell clients to cut out fruit to get ripped – we don’t and we won’t. Some people follow the latest crazy fads for a quick transformation picture – we don’t and we won’t. Some people sell which ever supplements they can to their clients, sometimes through misinformed good intentions, and other times just to make a few quid – we don’t and we won’t.

It’s a fine balance. When you start going to the gym regularly and eating well everybody will tell you you are obsessed. But you could equally say to them that they are obsessed with eating rubbish and indolence because that’s what they do 24/7.

So, how do we get the balance?

For me, it’s about looking at role models.

Doing what they do. Being part of a new gang. It’s about working out that balance for yourself; between what makes you happy in reaching your goals and what is simply too much pressure.

Here lies the problem. What makes one person happy doesn’t necessarily make another person happy. You’ve got to work it out for yourself.

If it makes you happy long-term then do it. If it makes you sad then don’t. Unfortunately for the girl in the story (see link below) it was a lot more complicated than that and it seems a pretty severe mental health issue was the cause.

Everything we preach at Reach starts with health.

Every single one of our clients should be eating a lot more fruit and veg and healthy food that they have ever eaten in their lives.

They shouldn’t be hungry. And they should be eating as many calories as possible, whilst still achieving their long-term goals over a realistic timescale.

Sad story. Makes you think. Read this BBC News story

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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