Today we’d like to introduce you to Grant Roberts.
Grant, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I tell my clients “its called a lifestyle for a reason” … I’ve been in the fitness/wellness business my entire adult life opening my first gym when I was eighteen. It’s been a fantastic journey, fitness continues to evolve and not a day goes by where I am not excited about the present and future of improving human performance.
I opened my first gym with a $10,000 loan which was all I could muster. I had to design and build my own equipment with such a restrictive budget, I was the only employee, I was the front desk staff, the manager, trainer and the night time cleaning crew… The hours were from 6 am to 11:00 p,m. I actually lived in my office.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Weight training provides great paradoxical life lesson success comes with pushing ourselves to failure. A good friend of mine is famously quoted as saying “A man’s got to know his limitations”I would only add that you need to discover those limitations daily. The premise of weight training is you train, fail, recover (nutrition, sleep), wake up and do it all again.
The greatest challenge of my life came when I was 26, I had already won a Mr. Canada heavyweight bodybuilding title, was an internationally ranked Strongman and Highland Games athlete and started getting offers to come to Hollywood that abruptly ended following a serious car accident that would begin an eight-year recovery process of surgeries. The silver lining is the challenge of returning to the national stage following the accident led to my greatest discoveries in nutrition and training.
Please tell us about Granite Gym.
Granite Gym, Beverly Hills recognized as ‘America’s Most Exclusive Gym’ by Shape magazine is much more than a personal training studio. Granite Gym caters to the Hollywood Elite, World Champion Athletes and Leaders on Industry featuring the worlds most advanced fitness technologies ( DNA testing, body composition, 3D mapping, metabolic testing, neu fit neurological stimulus, nutrition and the best strength and cardiovascular equipment available.
What am I most proud of?
The success of my clients… some go on to win Oscars. 🙂