I have turned into quite the Flywheel addict. The turning point is that I now wear the cult like FLY bracelet, and I now feel like everyone who knows me thinks all I can talk about is how much I love Flywheel. While I do have a lot more going on in my life than cycling, it's become a priority in my day, and I'm a lot nicer to the world, once I've had my sweat fest in Grant's class.
I think most riders at Flywheel end up sticking to their favorite instructor. That's what makes FW so special: each teacher has his/her own thing going, his own style, his own music taste. We all have our personal cult leader at Flywheel. Mine is by far Grant.
His Fly 45 classes are so varied, I feel like I'd need to review each one separately. His 6 am classes are made to wake you up gently but surely. I show up kind of foggy, and walk out of there bright eyed and bushy tailed, cheeks flushed, smile on my face, ready to conquer the world. His early morning classes are very personable, because they attract the same exact devotees: a sort of "Breakfast Club" atmosphere, a mix of professionals, a few couples in their 60s who sweat side by side, and his hard core fans who don't need to be there at 6am, but wake up because he is SO worth it. His music is ecclectic in the early morning classes, energetic but not agressive. Perfect for the time of day.
My favorite Fly 45 by Grant are his weekend classes. I love his Friday @5:30pm. It's what I call his "Happy Hour" class. I now take the double 430 and 530 (did I mention I was a cult member, yet?), and it's the funnest way to end the week and begin the weekend. He plays more "party-like" music, with a dancier edge, and when I walk out of there, I'm ready to have a fun weekend. His mid-day Saturday classes are filled with a youthful and strong crowd, and so the energy is quite dynamic and lively during this class. I'm a torque board devotee, so I find myself working quite hard to keep a high score in comparison to the other riders. I love his Torque Challenge class, but that's the subject of a review all by itself.
I've taken most of FW instructors' classes. I like most of them, if not all of them. But NOBODY gets my numbers up like Grant Belton does. I also don't walk out of his class with ears ringing because he doesn't yell over the music. The music is given a chance to take over and carry you into the zone, which I greatly appreciate. His classes are by far the toughest ones around. Take a Soul Cycle devotee to GB's Flywheel class, and they walk out shaking, in shock, and completely converted to why FW yields greater results than SC.
Recently he's amped up his classes to an even higher level: more sweat, more resistance, power numbers up the roof. He is a gentle sadist. I still don't know how he manages to convince us to go to 75RPM in the saddle at 30 torq!
If you're a crossfit type guy who wants a real workout, or a woman who's not afraid to really get fit and strong, Grant's class will THE BEST 45 MINUTES OF YOUR DAY. Likewise, if you're in your 50s or 60s, and want an agreeable, pleasant instructor, who won't yell at you for not keeping up, and who will respect you and treat you well, take Grant's class. He's for everyone, but he really pushes cycling and fitness to the next level.