Reach Star of The Season

As we are at the start of a new year and also at the start of the January to April “season” here are a few tips for those of you who might have one eye on Reach Star of the Season in 2018.

Tip 1: Progress

The major thing we look for is whether somebody has made significant and substantial progress. We are looking for positive change. Here some categories that we look for:

– Difference in body measurements over a four-month period.

– Difference in how somebody looks over a four-month period (this could be muscle gain, fat loss, or a combination of both).

– Weight loss over a four-month period.

– Increase in fitness over a four-month period.

Tip 2: Attitude

We also look for attitude. More often than not, attitude and results/progress go hand-in-hand.

– Attitude to training. Level of effort (do they go “all out”?)

– Level of commitment. Do they show up?

– Do they listen to the coaches and follow the programme?

– Do they show up with a smile on their face?

– Do they encourage others?

Tip 3: Consistency

– It is awarded for consistent progress throughout a four month period. Most people can be disciplined for a few weeks or a couple of months but four months / 16 weeks is a good period of time to measure consistency

– We don’t award it retrospectively, so if you did well in 2015 then that’s fantastic but we can only award it for the current season.

– Only one person can win it. There are usually three or four people in the running but it’s just one award – there is no second or third place. So, whoever wins it completely deserves it.

Tip 4: Nutrition

Nutrition is the key to the kind of jaw-dropping, substantial change that sets apart those people who make amazing progress.

Turn up and train and virtually everybody will get fitter but the thing that makes the big difference is getting the nutrition right.

Whether you are going from 8 stones size ten with a paunch to 8 stones size ten with abs, or from 18 stones size 24 to thirteen stones size 16, it doesn’t matter. The likelihood is that you are going to have to get your nutrition right make progress. And again that is what we are looking for – progress!!

Tip 5: Rules

– The same person can’t win it twice in a calendar year.

– The person can’t win it twice in a row.

So, there you go. A full breakdown of what it takes to win the Reach Start of the Season!

In summary, it’s fair to say that we operate a meritocracy that rewards exceptional progesss. If you make substantial progress, attack the training with intensity, show up with a positive attitude and get the nutrition right for the 165 hours a week that you’re not at the studio, then you have a good chance of being Reach Star of the Season!

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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!

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