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Look at the Big Picture and Make Sure You’re Not Over-Reaching.

Fantastic progress, here, from one of our amazing clients!

One of the key things that we try to get across to our clients is seeing the big picture.
It doesn’t really matter whether you lose 3lbs in a day, or put on 3lbs in a day, what matters is the trend and the consistency – what you do, day in, day out, added up over an extended period!

Anyone can starve themselves for three days but that’s not the way forward. It’s about finding the balance between what you can do and the outcome you want.

I’d like to run a three hour marathon. I’m a decent runner, naturally, so I could probably do it if I trained. But I’m not prepared to put in that volume of training because I don’t love running enough.

If we boil it down to a SMART goal, achieving that goal over a 3-5 year period would meet everything other than Realistic, because I’m never going to do the training! If we set a goal to do it in 12 weeks, then it wouldn’t be Achievable, regardless of the amount of effort I put in!

When analysing your progress

1️⃣ Look at the big picture, as well as the day to day.

2️⃣ Decide whether or not your progress is aligned with your input and your expectations. If yes, happy days! If not then it’s likely that one of the SMART factors is out of kilter – usually the Achievable or Realistic parts. Achievable will be whether or not it’s actually possible. Realistic comes down to whether or not YOU can do what it takes. If you can’t, just take the pressure off yourself a by setting a more realistic target!

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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