A Grit Story: Heather Bonnani

All of you who come ride with us are family to us, our “gritties” as we affectionately call you; we know that each of you have a glorious story that deserves to be told and sometimes we’re fortunate enough to share it. Today we are thrilled to offer our first Monarch Beach studio “Grit Story”…

coffee talk

For more than a decade coffee has been the number one source for Americans to get their antioxidants. It seems that translates to our Grit Staff as well. The list grows on why we’re so beholden to this liquid brew; we also asked our staff how they liked best to consume their favorite anti-oxidant:  Gritty…

Say What?

Words pack a punch. They can transform your mood both in a positive and negative way; our brains are just THAT subjective. In the Saddle Room it’s imperative that our instructors use their words wisely, carefully, and opportunely. Our instructors accept nothing but the best from our Gritties, and in return they mirror this excellence. Your…

Tap backs and Tattoos!

Not only do we have the best staff in town; but our employees are boss when it comes to the tattoo game. These aren’t your “I was on Spring Break and got stupid” tattoos ladies and gentlemen. Our Gritty Babes and Instructors’ tattoos have stories and deep meaning. We asked a few of them to…

Hold the Hootch!

Summer is just around the corner and our days + nights are becoming more and more scantily clad; and as much as we love our cocktails, they aren’t exactly calorie-free. Boozing and cutting calories just do not go hand in hand; and after vanquishing our sins in the Saddle Room, negating all those tap-backs with a…

I Want Zum!!

You see us spritzing this magic juice before and after class; practically every instructor and Gritty Babe totes it in their workout bag, and with just one whiff you’re instantly aromatherapy-fied! But what exactly IS Zum Mist? Zum Mist {first introduced to the studio by our always-in-the-know Lisa Mikelson} is a room and body mist made…

ACV—yeah you know me!

Everywhere you read, people are touting their love for apple cider vinegar {aka ACV.} High in enzymes, protein, and friendly bacteria, ACV is also anti-oxidant + amino acid rich. Traditionally used for cleaning or disinfecting, ACV is essentially a vinegar {acetic acid} and can kill bacteria. ACV has been “proven to lower insulin sensitivity during…

A Day in the Life of Maddy Post!

Maddy Post you are one in a million! The contagious energy and youthful spirit of this powerhouse makes her a staff and client favorite. We are so thrilled to announce her as Monarch Beach’s Instructor of the Month for April! We first got to know Maddy last year, here, so we thought we’d ask her to…

Costa Mesa April Instructor of the Month: Allie Brown

Spring has sprung-especially in the Saddle Room. What better way to celebrate this energetic and sweet season than with our own fresh and beautiful Allie Brown! Allie has been winning our hearts and bodies with her dope playlists and invigorating early morning classes. We are hippity-hoppity happy to announce her as our Instructor of the Month for…

April Karma: Second Harvest Food Bank

Much of our discussions involve nutrition and food: What are the best foods and nutrients to put into our bodies? What are the best foods and nutrients to put into our bodies for fuel, for recovery, and for performance? What should I eat  specifically for fitness, maximum efficiency; what should eat after riding in the…

Dogs of Grit

If you visited Grit enough it’s no secret we LOVE our four-legged family members. There isn’t a day that passes where our deck isn’t adorned with Orange County’s most adorable pups. We love these beasts just as much as their owners, and thought we’d bring some of their stories to you. We are happy to…