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The Truth About What it Takes to Get in Great Shape

We received this message today. This really does sum-up the attitude of our most successful clients!

Everyone sees the before and after pictures and all these fit and healthy looking Reach transformations on Instagram and Facebook.

What they don’t see is the attitude behind the progress. Exceptional progress takes exceptional commitment and that commitment comes from enjoying the process. If it is a chore for you then you will struggle.

On average, clients who are totally on it, lose a stone every 3-4 months. We think this is a reasonable amount in reasonable time to ensure that they end up “toned” and not “floppy”.

So if you have 5 stones to lose then you can expect to lose this in about 15 to 20 months…IF you are committed to a massive lifestyle change.

So, what if you are not that committed? Can it still be done?

In our experience, both as coaches and just observing people in everyday life, it usually goes one of four ways.

  1. They are mega committed and make progress as stated above.
  2. They are relatively committed and make good progress through exercise but the nutrition lets them down so eventually the weight loss stalls because you can’t rely totally on exercise. “You can’t out-train poor nutrition”. They might lose a couple of stones but they will never get the body that they said they wanted unless they make radical changes to their nutrition.
  3. They don’t make any significant progress relative to the time they have been trying. This lack of progress is usually accompanied by one of two approaches:
    1. They flit from one trainer to the next. From Slimming World to Paleo. From Insanity to Trampoline. Looking for an easy solution.
    2. They say “I’m happy as I am” but still feel crap about themselves. (To be clear, if somebody is overweight and is genuinely happy and healthy then that’s fantastic. But all too often we see people declaring their happiness and body-confidence but then breaking down every few months because, in reality, they still want to lose weight).
  4. They chip away, slowly, over a period of about 10 years. They are prepared to sacrifice speed for a more liberal approach. Not a bad approach this. The true definition of “balance”. as long as you align your expectations with your commitment this is a fair enough approach.

So, we hope this is a bit of an eye-opener into what it actually takes to get in very good shape in reasonable time. It’s not just a run round the block and eat a bit better when you feel like it. It’s not a part time commitment. It’s a complete lifestyle change.

If you think you have what it takes to make this kind of lifestyle change then check out our packages here.

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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