It’s a brand new, shiny year and we have a brand new, shiny studio. What better way to show it off than with our superstar new instructor: Steph Castro Woods!

It is our grand pleasure to announce our one-time Gritty Babe, now kick-butt instructor, Steph Castro Woods as Grit Cycle Monarch Beach’s inaugural Instructor of the Month.

Our witty girl stopped by the Outpost and chatted us up on coffee, dogs, and donuts!


Steph! So glad to have you as Instructor of the Month! Tell us a bit about you:

I am the Brand and Design manager for Grit Cycle. I’m in love with my dog. And my husband is a close second!  I drink more coffee than the normal person, and I’m the mayor of Sidecar Doughnuts.


What brought you to the grit podium? 

To get out of my comfort zone (to quote the Lisa Mikelson) and to spread the love that Grit has brought to me!  I have never felt more art of a team than when I’m at Grit from working there to riding. It’s amazing really!


 What was your first experience in the saddle room?

Ummmm can I use an emoji?? 🖕🙈😁💧🙋🏽🚲 SOLD … But really after my first class I was using the walls to hold me up as I walked out of that room. 


What motivates you/inspires you?

That 2nd cup of coffee!!

Ha but really.  Being apart of something bigger than my cup of coffee.. I’ve been really lucky to be apart of Grit’s second location from the ground up! And I can’t wait to see where we are gonna grow from here!

Do you have any pre-class rituals? 

3 mints .


 What sets you apart from the rest of the Grit instructors; what makes your class unique?

Have you met me? I’m a total weirdo/goof! 

What do you do when you’re not getting gritty?

There’s life outside of Grit? Haha just kidding. I’m usually drinking coffee hanging out with my hunk, or “on the phone.” Kyle {my hunk} always says that I’m on the phone. 

What’s your favorite “move” on the bike and why?

Hover!! There’s something about that burn.

What is your favorite/trademark song to teach?

Fave to teach – Horns by Bryce FoxHigh You Are {Branches remix} would be my trademark. 

 What is your favorite food?

French fries and coffee .

 Who is your celebrity crush?

All the Ryan’s. 


 Do you have a secret talent?

I can suck in my right nostril with out touching it!! Boom! 

 Last book you read?

The Hunger Games. 

What would your last meal be?

Oysters from all over the world,  Justin Cabernet, 2 lattes from Blue Bottle {cus one isn’t enough,} and I make a mean Nacho Hamburger Helper that you dip taco chips in! #tasty

What was the first concert you went to?

Jewel at San Diego State University with my dad!! 


What was the last text you sent? 

Love yea – to Lisa, Nicci, and Rebecca.

Who would play you in a movie?

Zooey Deschanel or Katy Perry.. You choose.

 What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

Del Taco fries with del scorcho hot sauce – it’s boom.

When you’ve had a long day how do you de-stress?

Wine and Grey’s Anatomy. 

Favorite color?

Grey in all its forms.

 Favorite food/drink?


Favorite quote?

“You win some you lose some” -idk (life maybe)

What three things are always in your grocery cart?

Cheese, tortillas and kombucha. 

What’s the best piece of advice your parents ever gave you? 

“Pow to the moon” 


Beauty products you can’t live without?   

Patsy Howser. 

What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Pay attention to those voice overs in Grey’s Anatomy.. They will help you through anything  


 Best movie quote ever   

“Harry Burns: Repeat after me. Pepper.
Sally Albright: Pepper.
Harry Burns: Pepper.
Sally Albright: Pepper.
Harry Burns: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Sally Albright: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Harry Burns: But I would be happy to partake of your pecan pie.”


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

I like coffee.


Do you do any other forms of workouts?

  Wine glass count? Walking my dog? 


If YOU’D like a workout with our funny Steph, you can come ride with her, at a discounted rate on the following days and times:

Tuesday January 3rd at 6:45pm, Friday January 13th at 5:30pm, Thursday January 19th at 6:45pm, and Tuesday January 24th at 6:45pm.

No need for a special code; just purchase your ride here.

See you in Monarch Beach Gritties!

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