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Mindset and Perception is Key to Progress.

Q: How hard is it to make astonishingly fast progress without it feeling like you’re not going to be able to keep at it longer than two weeks?

A: Depends who you ask! For some people it will be really easy. For other people it will be mega hard. That’s why our coaches are in constant conversation with our clients, trying to ensure that what they are doing is sustainable for them. It’s alright wanting to lose X pounds per week but if you can’t keep it up then you’re better off setting a more realistic target.

Remember, the input doesn’t change in relation to the person doing it. What changes is the perception of how hard it is. You can change the input, no problem, as long as you change your expectations. Less input = slower progress. Less input = easier to sustain.

You wouldn’t expect to achieve a three hour marathon time whilst running at a five hour marathon pace. Similarly, you wouldn’t expect to lose 3lbs a week, whilst only doing enough to lose 1lb a week. BUT it’s absolutely vital that you know what you can do sustainably.

No point aiming for 3lbs a week if that’s too hard for you. 1lb a week for 20 weeks = 20lbs down. 3lbs a week for 3 weeks then blowing up because it’s too hard and going back to the beginning = 0lbs down.

Our most successful clients work closely with our coaches to become self-aware enough to know when and how to step on the gas without burning out, and when to ease off and adjust the goal in order to ensure long-term sustainability.

That’s how just about all of our amazing long-term transformations are done!

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


Unit 9, Carr Mills, Business Park, 919 Bradford Rd, Birstall, Batley WF17 9JY