GRANT BELTON / Master Instructor Flywheel Sports / I Endeavor To Create A Atmosphere That Allows You To Find Your Why. Once We Have Discovered Your Why. I Will Lead, Inspire And Help You Propel Yourself To Find Your Greatness. / IG: Grantbelton / Facebook: Grantbelton / Twitter: Torq_it_up
First off...thank you! thank you! thank you! Its funny because we don’t know each other that well but just from taking class together at ToneHouse I feel like I do know you and had no hesitation or fear in asking if you would be interested in letting me train you and then doing this Q&A. No hesitation at all! And I appreciate you so much for saying yes and now for sharing with me. So...here it goes...question time!!!
I ask this question a lot to people who are instructors/trainers/coaches - when did fitness first enter your life? And how important is it to you?
We as humans are often catapulted into change through tragedy or trials. After my father passed in 2005, I became disillusioned with my current career path (Flight Attendant). I took some time away from the rat race to breathe and center myself.
I joined a local gym in 2007 and obtained my certification and began my fitness journey as a personal trainer.
Very early in my career I adopted the philosophy of : “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.” I dedicated myself to teaching and giving my clients the ability to reinvent themselves.
Before becoming a spinning instructor what did you do? And what drew you to spinning?
Prior to becoming a spin instructor. I honed my craft as a personal trainer, learning the ropes and making mistakes along the way. The funny thing is, I obtained my Spin certification and I didn’t teach for almost a year. A opportunity opened up to teach spin and I jumped on it. I wanted to expand my client base. As well, my love for music and needed to express my inner DJ pushed me along.
Can you remember the first class that you taught? How did you feel? How did it go? Did you get any feedback from the students - if so what??? And can you remember the moment that things just “clicked” into place for you and you were like I go this?
Wow!! The first class I taught was exciting and terrifying at the same time. 25 people, 25 different personalities. I press the play button and we laughed and grooved to the rhythms. A few comments were given, one in particular was too funny. All in all, we all shared a love for the beat of the music.
I feel like people are sooooooooo particular about their spinning spots - some people LOVE Flywheel, some Soulcycle, some Peleton, some...this isn’t about bashing other places but what do you think it is that draws people into Flywheel? and in particular what draws people into your class? And...sorry all my questions are super layered but...what do you think your strong suit is as a teacher?
In my opinion, the majority of the attendees to Flywheel are very athletically driven. They want information to quantify their performance and how to improve. My class is thoughtfully designed with performance in mind and a motivating beat. Allowing the athlete ability to succeed.
I strive to empower the rider, find your power and push pass the temporary discomfort.Discovering their WHY is critical. Your journey can’t truly start without a why.
I find it challenging sometimes to fit in my own workouts but its a MUST!!! With a busy schedule like yours how do you find the time to fit in your own workouts? And how does working out add to your life?
Yes, I do maintain a demanding schedule. I grind 7 days a week at Flywheel and attend 2-3 ToneHouse (Extreme Athletic Performance class) classes a week. In addition, I do other training to plug in my fitness
All this training gives me balance and durability for the long haul.
Ok rapid fire question time
- If you weren’t a spinning instructor what would you be?
My top three “other options”.
- Top 3 workout classes that you love to take?
- Words of encouragement you would give to someone new to spinning?
Starting any fitness endeavor, you have to allow yourself to fail many times before you excel. Just trust the process, continue to give your best effort. Your success is guaranteed if you don’t quit.
- Words of encouragement (or mantra) that you give to yourself when you are taking a super challenging class?
First and foremost, I must have a WHY. Without this simple definition for exerting my energy for a hour. Then I will quickly find a reason to quit. Hard work creates a champion, a champion never quits.
- Favorite after workout meal?
Typically, if available I’ll have some chocolate milk. Otherwise, I grab a some healthy fat and protein and keep moving.
- Top 3 songs that you know will get people in your class hyped?
Honestly, I change my music for every class. I rotate music in and out. My 3 favorite DJ’s at the moment.
James Hype (U.K.)
DJ Cream (NYC)
Dave Aude (USA)
- Top 3 songs that get you hyped when you take a class?
Let’s see ...
KMT - Drake ft. Giggs ( Frizzo & Dean Remix)
Truffle Butter ( The Aston Shuffle remix)
Feel Good - P-Lo ft. G-Eazy
- Your pressed for time and have 30 maybe 45min and you want to get a workout in - whats a quick workout that you can get in at the gym or at home?
At home, I head to the gym. I’ll do a quick full body workout. I’ll do 50 Man-makers. Then look at all the sweat on the floor...LOL
- What do you to relax?
Find a spot, any spot and close my eyes...
- Name 3 things that motivate you to move
The desire to improve my body
To live by example and stay strong.
I don’t do what I do for popularity. Most people don’t know who I am anyhow. I hustle to be respected. Mic drop!!