We can’t believe it’s taken so long, but sometimes we have to wait for the best. We are so excited to announce as our May instructor of the month: Marisa Wayne, the head cowgirl at Grit Cycle.
Wife, mother, daughter, sister, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and friend, Marisa does it all, EVERYDAY, with class, composure and kindness. Always ready with that million dollar smile, Marisa’s sold-out classes are a guaranteed good time. This very busy, but gracious lady stopped by the Outpost to give us a glimpse into the gorgeous world of Marisa Wayne.
Please give us the nitty-gritty on you:
I’m Native Californian. Raised right here in Newport Beach, but have enjoyed living in Steamboat Springs, CO and Nashville, TN. I always come back to California because I have a big family and they all live here. Along with being co-owner of Grit Cycle, I am a spokeswoman for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and look forward to our Gritty Up next month!
What brought you to the Grit podium?
A crazy life full of ups & downs and listening to the voice in my head that kept telling me to “do it!”
What was your first experience in the Saddle Room?
Kinda funny, as a young girl, my pediatrician, Dr. Cohen, was in this very building, so my first experience may have been a vaccination 😉 Seriously, I remember Matt playing Holy Grail and I knew we had something pretty special.
What motivates you/inspires you?
All the folks who show up consistently, who make time for themselves and who share their ups & downs with me and their fellow riders. I know it’s making a difference in their day, making them stronger physically, mentally and emotionally, and, in turn, they strengthen me.
Do you have any pre-class rituals?
I like to go over my playlist while driving to the studio and sometimes I do the moves while in the car. People look at me like I’m crazy but it helps me get into the groove.
What sets you apart from the rest of the Grit instructors; what makes your class unique?
All of the Grit instructors are excellent at what they do. We all have our unique “thing” and I think mine is that I usually play a country song or two. Even people who aren’t huge country fans say that they like the songs I play and now will even put the country station on occasionally. I also like it when the whole class sings along so I like to play familiar music. If you are having fun and singing while riding, it makes the time pass so much quicker.
What do you do when you’re not getting gritty?
I’m usually hanging with my kids when not at Grit and I also love to cook and eat so I’ll have family and friends over for dinner and wine.
What’s your favorite “move” on the bike and why?
I love a good push-tap. I like a good, strong, heavy beat and there are so many variations so it’s fun to mix it up.
What is your favorite/trademark song to teach?
I get the most requests for “Ship to Wreck” by Florence and the Machine but lately I’ve been playing “Wild West” by my niece’s band, Runaway June. It’s an emotional travel for the song after weights and I’ve had a great response to it.
What is your favorite food?
My mom makes this casserole she calls “Duke’s Soufflé” because my dad loved it. I don’t have it often but it is really good. It’s mostly cheese and eggs with some green chiles and tomatoes. Goes great with a big green salad.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Blake Shelton and Chris Pratt for today but if we’re talking all-time, I’d have to say Elvis Presley.
What song instantly gets you dancing?
I can’t sit still to Bruno Mars!
Do you have a secret talent?
Not so talented but I attempt the guitar, and only strumming chords, no lead riffs 😉
Last book you read?
13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – so good.
What would your last meal be?
Probably an Italian feast with a lot of wine.
What was the first concert you went to?
My dad sent me to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in Cody, WY the weekend of the 4th of July, 1976. And only now am I finding it prophetic!
Who would play you in a movie?
I really like Diane Lane. We look nothing alike but I’d go for that. Sandra Bullock too.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
A good Californian Pinot Noir and NFL football.
When you’ve had a long day how do you de-stress?
Ideally a hot tub and a glass of wine.
What is your favorite food/drink?
More food? Ok, bacon and if not wine, I like the toxin flush from Nekter.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”
What three things are always in your grocery cart?
Avocados, lemons and organic chicken breasts.
What’s the best piece of advice your parents ever gave you?
Put the past behind you and move forward and stop and smell the roses.
Beauty products you can’t live without?
Boots! I’m obsessed.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
Don’t be so concerned about what people think. Love yourself and have confidence, and follow your dreams. Don’t quit!
Best movie quote ever?
“Fill your hands you son of a bitch!” True Grit
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I like to shoot guns.
Do you do any other forms of workouts?
I don’t go often enough but I like a good yoga class at Ekam.
If you would like to saddle up with Marisa at a discounted rate, come ride with her on the following days and times: Thursday May 4th at 9:30am, Tuesday May 9th at 9:30am, Monday May 15th at 4:15pm, and Tuesday May 30th at 9:30am.
Remember to purchase the “instructor of the month” class before you book.
Thank you Marisa! We love you so.