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The Lack of Results Cycle

I see this all too often and it’s sad because everything we need is right there in front of us but decent results don’t come without doing the right things. Yes, there is some flexibility in terms of how quickly you want results versus how strict you are going to be in order to get them but there is only so much you can deviate from what it takes to get results . At some point you need to choose between doing what everyone else does and looking like everyone else does or getting the results that you want.

First thing’s first, if you are generally genuinely happy with how you look right now that’s fantastic; it doesn’t matter whether you are 8 stones or 15 stones, if you are healthy and happy then just do what you want. But we all know that there are lots of people out there who are constantly bouncing on and off with the quest to feel better about how they look.

Here’s how the cycle usually pans out.

  1. Decide you are not happy with the way you look because you you feel self-conscious in certain clothes and by the pool on summer holidays.
  2. Start a new aesthetics program that you’re pretty sure works and with which you’ve seen many people achieve excellent, sustainable results (there are LOADS available out there, not just ours!).
  3. Don’t follow the plan (for whatever reason, it may be valid or it may be just another excuse).
  4. Decide that you’re more interested in being “fit and healthy” and want to enjoy your training and get a sweat-on so the temporary surge of endorphins a couple of times a week ameliorates the underlying sense of frustration due to lack of progress.
  5. Switch back to the thing you have always done (usually jumping about doing aerobics or Zumba) that hasn’t yielded the results that you secretly want.

So, is there a way to break the cycle? Yes, but it requires a bit of tough love.

If someone you know has a been caught in this cycle for years (yes it’s usually YEARS!) there are really only three options.

  1. Leave them to it and hopefully they will figure it out for themselves.
  2. Head down to Sainsbury’s and procure a large, wet fish (whole salmon are good due to their size). Take the fish to person in question, ask them to stand up and then smack them round the face with it as hard as you can!
  3. The metaphorical equivalent of the wet fish method, which is a frank and honest discussion about what the person wants and what they need to do to achieve it. If they decide that they are not prepared to put in the effort focused in the right direction then try to help them to be happy where they are because the sure-fire road to frustration is wishing you had the results from something you’re not doing. Imagine setting off up the M1 to London twice a week, only to end up in Edinburgh. You’ve got two choices – either start driving in the right direction or stop pining for London and learn to love Edinburgh!
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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