Welcome to our search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile twenty-two smoking candidates who work at local gyms and studios. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which you get to vote for your favorite.
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Grant Belton teaches a whopping 18 classes at Flywheel, and also has a background in Kettlebells, Olympic lifting, endurance training, and nutrition. When he's not cycling, one place you can find Grant is in his kitchen cooking—while working as a flight attendant, he took an intensive six-month culinary night course, so he's seen the world and has the palate to prove it.
What made you want to become a trainer? Did you have a different career in mind?
I switched careers to become a fitness instructor and personal trainer because I truly enjoy helping people find greatness and accomplish their personal goals. I am inspired daily by my clients' success and accomplishments, whether it's losing one extra pound, or being able to now run that extra mile, lift heavier, or push beyond their personal best score in a Flywheel class. My initial dream was to become a pilot for Delta Airlines, however, I became a Flight Attendant instead and it was a great way for me to see the world.
What classes do you teach? Do you have a favorite?
I currently teach 18 classes a week at Flywheel Sports. As far as my favorite class to teach, I enjoy all of them. I have many regulars who come every week or many times a week at the same time slot, and I truly feel like we are part of a community of friends. The most fulfilling moment is when you look into a rider's eyes and see that they "get it". The motivation, the angst, the sweat and discomfort all come together in one resounding... YES!!!! I have done my job.
What's one piece of advice everyone should hear before beginning a new workout?
My advice to anybody looking to make a positive change in their lives is to make fitness and healthy eating a way of life and a priority in their schedule. I recommend they find a workout they truly enjoy, that will motivate them to come daily. Many of my clients love music, for example, and as a result they love the atmosphere at Flywheel.
Others enjoy the solitary feeling of running, and the escape it offers. Others respond well to working out with a friend or a trainer who can motivate them to keep on going. Listen to your body, find the challenge for you, the workout that makes you smile within, and don't be afraid of leaving the comfort zone. That's when change happens.
Want to take a class with Grant? Check out the class schedules at Flywheel below.
· Flywheel Sports [Official Site]
· Flywheel Sports [Instagram]
· Grant Belton [Flywheel Sports]
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