Leigh | March 2016 IOTM

Coming at us like a lioness is our instructor of the month for March, Leigh Beach.

Leigh whips the troops into shape every Monday + Wednesday at 8:15am with her tell-it-like-it-is, always fun, popular class. Leigh’s classes on Wednesday 3/9, 3/16 + 3/30 will all be offered at a discounted rate, with a special, guest #humpday podium rider {wink wink.} We were lucky to get some scoop on Leigh and her life outside the saddle room.

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Give us the nitty gritty on you:
I grew up in San Diego and arrived in the OC for college {Chapman Grad, go Panthers!} My first job out of college was working in the press office on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign for the recall. I met my husband, Eric on the first day of work. We were engaged 3 months after that. We have 3 kids {Rylan, 9, Sawyer, 8, Saxon, 4} and have been married for almost 12 years.

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What brought you to the grit podium?
Fear.

I was literally terrified of teaching at Grit. I had never taught that format before. I was afraid of screwing up. Couldn’t imagine teaching off the bike. I dared myself to tryout and never looked back! I try to pick one fear to conquer a year. For 2015, that was Grit.

What was your first experience in the saddle room?
Matt invited me to a 5:45am class. Other than thinking he was smoking something for inviting me to ride at that ungodly hour, I had no idea what to expect. He turned out the lights and turned on “Holy Grail” and I couldn’t believe how it felt to be riding with a bunch of strangers on the same foot to the beat. I knew they had created something special at that moment.

Do you have any pre-class rituals?
Vodka.
Just kidding.
But I can’t teach without coffee…It’s my liquid courage…and I go over every playlist in the morning before class while I’m getting the kids ready for school…which is always interesting/fun/chaotic.

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What do you do when you’re not getting gritty?
Google the answers to common core math problems.
Wonder if my 4-year-old will ever be fully potty-trained.
Think about blogging again.
Hit up the grocery store.
Clean up after my three animals, I mean kids.
Guzzle glasses of wine. I’m a mom.

What’s your favorite “move” on the bike and why?
I love a 2-1 count motorcycle…and you can never go wrong with a good, full-of-juicy-gear push-tap.

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What is your favorite/trademark song to teach?
Right now, I’m loving “unstoppable” by Sia.
I just can’t stop playing it. I love songs where you can just get lost in the lyrics. This one really speaks to me.

What is your favorite food?
In my house, dip is a food group.

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Who is your celebrity crush?
Have you seen my #humpday posts? Who don’t I have a crush on?!

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What song instantly gets you dancing?
“Bad” by Michael Jackson.

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What would your last meal be?
Chips, guac and a beer.

In high school what were you most likely to….?
I was voted {drumroll please} “least likely to be seen in class.” I know. My parents were so proud.

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What was the last text you sent?
Probably the crying laughing emoji to Katie Osumi.

 What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
Getting out of town for the weekend {sans kids} with Eric and acting like we’re 23 again.

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Thank you Leigh for stopping by. We can’t wait to ride with you on Monday and Wednesday at 8:15am!

 

 

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