This month, Inspire Pure Fitness will be delivering a new facility. To help introduce Sahara’s new venue is the man behind the scenes, Operations and Development Manager of Inspire 2.0 at Sahara, Grant Hughes (also known as ‘Welshie’).
Grant Hughes is a health and fitness professional with over 10 years experience in the industry ranging from Gym Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor/CrossFit Coach, to Personal Trainer/Personal Training Manager, and most recently, Business Owner. Grant was the Owner/Director of CrossFit Dunedin and CrossFit North Dunedin, New Zealand. First and foremost though, Grant Hughes is honest, reliable, and hard-working. He lives his life by a self-directed set of morals and values. At the forefront of those values is respect, and the belief that you should treat everyone in the way you’d like to be treated yourself. This month I got to speak to Grant about his new career jump, the amazing offerings at Inspire 2.0 at Sahara, and which health and fitness advice he would like you all to take on board.
Why did you choose to come to work in Kuwait?
Having worked in the health and fitness industry in New Zealand for over 10 years and as an owner of two CrossFit Boxes for three and a half, I’d reached a point where I felt my ‘personal development’ had stagnated and I was no longer challenged to perform at a higher level. I was contacted in December 2013 by Inspire regarding the vision to open Inspire 2.0 at Sahara. As the weeks and months ticked by, the vision became a reality and development of Inspire 2.0 at Sahara was well underway. At the time my interest in pursuing this new opportunity grew. Especially once I began to gather more information regarding the project and it became clear that this was going to be a world class facility. The opportunity to help set up and manage the facility was too good a chance to turn down.
Inspire 2.0 at Sahara promises to be the premier club in Kuwait. Located next to Kuwait’s premier golf course, it boasts many facilities: a fully equipped strength and conditioning facility for males and females; a stand-alone CrossFit Box named CrossFit 965 including CrossFit Kids classes, Group Fitness class area; a 25m swimming pool; a juice/coffee bar and café; physical therapy facilities; a tennis courts, a three-on-three basketball court, a volleyball court, an outdoor training area and running track; an indoor strength-training climbing wall, and an MMA Cage and Boxing arena. And that is just in 2014!
How will you make Inspire 2.0 at Sahara a different experience for members?
First ‘you cannot buy experience, you have to earn it.’ My experience in the industry has helped me develop the skills to listen and understand members’ wants and needs. I will effectively communicate with them to ensure they achieve their goals. I set extremely high standards for myself. I always aim to provide the best possible service to my members and clients, and I expect my ‘Inspire family’ to set the same high standards and provide the best service.
Members of Sahara will not only have access to world class facilities, they will become part of a community where they are able to work out and socialise amongst friends and family.
What are your top five health and fitness take home points?
1) Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can start today. Too often I hear people say I’m going to be ‘good’ tomorrow. Or ‘I’m not fit enough to go to the gym.’ Trust me, if you wait until you are fit enough to go to the gym, you’ll never get there.
2) My life long motto – ‘the foundation of achievement is intense desire.’ This simply translates as ‘you’ve got to want to do it.’ No one else is going to do it for you.
3) Set your ‘fighting date.’ Set yourself regular goals with an end date and you are more likely to achieve them. Even better, share your goal with someone else, maybe a friend or family member and then that person can help hold you accountable.
4) Ask for help – employ a professional personal trainer to help you achieve your goals or to ensure you stay on track. I often employ a personal trainer or attend Group Fitness classes myself. Why? Simple. If I have a PT Session or I attend a class I know that I have to stick to the time schedule during my busy life. By investing the time I know I will give maximum effort which will give me the results that I desire.
5) Balance. In the fast-paced action-packed life we all live it’s important to have ‘balance.’ I am a huge believer in the fact that you have to understand nutrition. You need to know what fuel works well for your body so that you can reap the benefit of the work you’ve done in the gym. However, if you’re at a social event it is OK to go a little ‘off’ diet. Don’t stress, re-focus and start again.
Remember that working out and living a healthy life is all about ‘having fun.’ So please, get out there and enjoy it!
Inspire 2.0 at Sahara will be opening at the beginning of this month. For further information about facilities and memberships you can follow Grant @brynmawrman or email, [email protected] or [email protected], or you can visit them on www.inspirekw.com.
Mike Campbell is the GM and Co Founder of Inspire Pure Fitness and Inspire 2.0 at Sahara.