As we move into the season of thankfulness and gratitude, it is fitting to have Katie Osumi as our November instructor of the month. Katie is immensely grateful for the home she has found here at Grit, and she is equally thankful for every student who comes to her classes; she doesn’t take one single soul for granted, and hopes that comes through to those who ride with her.

Here’s a snippet of what makes Katie’s world go ’round…


So what’s the nitty gritty on Katie Osumi?

I’m a native Southern California girl, wife to Robert {aka the hunkiest man alive,} slave to our dogs Priscilla and Jones, and mother to our one and a half-year-old daughter, Sutton. I’ve taught fitness for close to two decades now; primarily indoor cycling and my coreplay™ class which is kind of a hodgepodge of pilates, barre, + yoga. 

What motivates you/inspires you?

I’m inspired by kindness. I’m inspired by generosity with no need for an accolade. I’m inspired by people who LISTEN. We don’t listen anymore; we wait until the other person stops talking so we can then make our point. We need to listen/hear each other. It’s not about agreeing with one another, but I know when I slow down and “listen” I’m less likely to judge and “react,” and more likely to empathize and understand. 


Do you have a secret talent?

My capacity to eat my feelings and my insatiate hunger to people please have been known to reach Guiness-record levels. 

What is your favorite/trademark song to teach?

I kind of have an out-of-body experience when I play LL Cool J’s “Phenomenom“–my inner hip hop priestess comes out to play and slay {and it’s not always pretty or age-appropriate;} and Live’s “Lightning Crashes” is like 2 months of therapy wrapped up in one 4 minute song–BOOM! all your junior high angst released in 3 sets of tapbacks. You’re welcome. 

What is your favorite food?



Who is your celebrity crush?

Leigh Beach.

What three things are always in your grocery cart?

Coffee, diapers, wow drops. 


What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Since I was in elementary school, I’ve struggled with major anxiety and severe depression. For the last twenty years I’ve had to take medication and see a therapist like it’s my second job. The mental illness gene is as pervasive as high cholesterol in my family. I know it’s an uncomfortable subject for some people to hear about; but I have a baby girl now, and heaven forbid she face any of these same battles, it’s my job to do everything I can to dilute the stigma of talking about this stuff. 


What song instantly gets you dancing?

Oh my gosh, I get all sorts of animal when DMX’s “I don’t dance” comes on-eeeek–EARMUFFS!!!!!!–and I promise I play the clean version in class.

If I’m with my daughter, we’re definitely dancing to “the hokey-pokey” these days. 

Last book you read?

AH—the BEST book: The Nix by Nathan Hill.

It had the greatest line:

it’s no secret that the great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it’s sanctimony.

I only read fiction these days. In my twenties I was banned from every Barnes + Nobles’ self-help section across Southern California. 

What would your last meal be?

A NAP!!!!!!

Beauty products you can’t live without?

I can’t live without my eye cream, sunblock, and hat—those are my beauty essentials!

What was the last text you sent?

see below ⬇︎{and yes, when Leigh Beach texts or calls me, she comes up as Hilary Clinton.}


What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

Apologizing profusely and eating sour cream straight from the bucket {in our household we buy it by the “bucket”.}

Favorite quote?

Well in the eloquent words of the venerate, Missy Elliot, I live and die by:

 is it worth it? Let me work it” I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it.”


If you’d like to “work it” with Katie, you can ride with her on the following dates at the Instructor of the Month discounted rate

Thursday 11/3, Tuesday 11/8, Thursday 11/17, + Tuesday 11/29–all at 10:45am.

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