We’re excited to welcome former Ranch instructor, Jose Luis Beltran, back to Rancho La Puerta. Not only is he back at The Ranch teaching, but he is now also our Fitness Manager and oversees all of our fitness classes and activities. Jose Luis is returning from Pennsylvania where he spent the past eight years as the co-owner and manager of a training studio that catered to elite athletes.
Jose Luis is a longtime member of The Ranch family; his grandfather and both of his parents worked at The Ranch for many years. We hope you enjoy his interesting Ranch history and experience in the world of fitness in the interview below!
Kate Bello: What is your history with Rancho La Puerta (RLP)?
Jose Luis Beltran: My grandmother, Petra, was one of the first employees at RLP. After working here for 30 years or so, she brought my dad, Jose Lucas, here and eventually he began working here at age 18. My mom, Maria Luisa, grew up in San Diego. When she finished college in San Diego she moved to The Ranch and met my dad here. Both of my parents worked here for over 40 years and they are both retired.
I grew up visiting RLP every year and I loved it. I thought it was magical. I used to enjoy sneaking into the classes. People were always doing fun and interesting things and the guests were always happy.
I began working at The Ranch at age 19. I worked here for seven years in different departments, and assisting with the fitness classes that we used to offer in the 90s. Then I stopped because I left for school in San Diego and later, New York. Ten years after I left that I decided to move back, and I have now been back at RLP for eight months. Teaching fitness is my passion; it was something that I grew up wanting to do and loving.
I’m thrilled to be back. While I was away I felt like I left my soul here. I am the third generation in my family to work at The Ranch. It’s truly a special place for me; it means a lot to be back and to be able to contribute to a place that has given me so much.
KB: You said you played sports when you were younger, how did you get interested in fitness?
JLB: My dad, a fitness enthusiast, inspired me. He was passionate about fitness, especially running and boxing. Every Saturday he hiked Mt. Kuchumaa. He would climb to the top of the mountain and then he would return by 7:30 a.m. to enjoy breakfast with my family. He was always happy and motivated. My dad would constantly talk to me about the importance of staying healthy by doing activities to benefit the mind, body, and spirit. His influence led me to my passion for sports – and I grew up playing basketball, baseball and soccer.
When I was a child, I was always had a broader build and was taller than most of my peers. When I was 16, I wasn’t overweight, but I remember being really tired of feeling like a big boy. I wanted to be fast and agile like the rest of my friends but I was just not genetically predisposed to that type of body. I enrolled in martial arts and practiced for six years. It changed my body completely. At 18 I started lifting weights and combined strength training with all different kinds of sports. The work paid off, and I began modeling in Mexico City and New York. Throughout the years I always kept my father’s values in mind, and strove to both look and feel good.
KB: What classes do you teach here at The Ranch?
JLB: I teach many different classes such as cardio muscle blast, foam roller, kettle bells, TRX combo, TRX cardio, TRX basics, sculpt and strengthen classes, body bar plus, release and mobilize, and parkour. I also love going on all the hikes!
KB: What fitness tips do you have for our guests while they’re staying here at The Ranch?
JLB: The Ranch offers the ability for guests to explore, to try things they haven’t done, and feel safe. We have the best fitness professionals in the industry. My goal is for our team is to coach people into taking ownership of their own fitness program and to take The Ranch experience home. Part of our job is to give people the tools and confidence to use their own bodies as their own machines.
If guests don’t have the ability to go to a gym, how can they make their bodies their own machine? How can they stay active? At RLP we teach a fitness program that consists of many different elements; balance coordination, agility, speed, power endurance, reactive exercises, and corrective exercises. We teach people how to prioritize fitness regimens that incorporate and balance each one of those elements.
The goal is for the guests to take ownership of their fitness program and take it to the next level by protecting their bodies and balancing everything that they do. We show guests how to stimulate their bodies and their central nervous systems in a safe way. Our teachers always discuss the mind-body connection. We encourage guests to be creative, and know how and when to change their personal fitness routines.
We offer many different classes with amazing instructors. Each teacher has his or her own style, and is always doing something interesting and fun. And that’s what people love about RLP. Often time, people arrive feeling insecure about their fitness regimens and then leave very happy. I love to see guests happy, content and not wanting to leave.
KB: What’s your favorite music to work out to?
JLB: I have diverse taste in music. I love electronic music, but I also love 60s and the 80s. I love to combine different styles of music for my fitness classes, depending on the group of people I have and the type of workout I’m teaching. If I’m teaching a muscle cardio blast class or a circuit training class, I like music with a fast pace. I like broken beats and international music – especially Brazilian. I love American music too, which I like to combine with Latin American beats too. I just mix it up!
KB: Thanks so much for chatting with me today Jose Luis!
JLB: My pleasure!