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How do you define INTEGRITY?

 As one our founding principles, Grit Cycle strives to have INTEGRITY permeate every decision we make.

 When Matt and Marisa came together with their vision for Grit Cycle, “INTEGRITY” punctuated almost every conversation for their mission. One of our shop’s first designs was the inteGRITy t-shirt.

As Grit Cycle is growing, evolving, and moving forward into the next generation of Grit Studios {Long Beach}, we think it’s important to reintroduce that founding principle of Integrity; in a season of change, albeit positive, it’s always important to return to the heart of what built you and grounds you.


We asked our staff how they define “INTEGRITY“; as always they didn’t let us down:

“Integrity and being genuine go hand in hand; nothing’s more attractive than a genuine human. In all you do stay true and authentic. And surround yourself with the same type .”- Steph Castro-Woods


“InteGRITy is HUGE for me!  At the end of the day, this means that I walk the walk and talk the talk. I’m motivating people all day to live their best lives…mentally and physically.  If you see me in the wild, you are going to find me practicing what I preach.”   –Cassie Piasecki

“My definition of Integrity is being true to yourself.  Holding tight, my morals and values of life and never compromising what I truly believe, or myself, just to fit in.  Living an honest life breeds true authenticity.” 

Jessica Ginsberg

{pictured here with her mother who she says raised her “to have integrity and self-worth.”}

“To me, integrity means being genuine with your words and actions. Integrity also means treating others with respect as well as demanding the respect you deserve and not allowing others to treat you poorly or being a doormat. It goes both ways. It all comes back to the golden rule by doing unto others….”

“Integrity means something different to each individual. To me, integrity means working your tush off and being true to yourself while accomplishing your goals. My family is the true meaning of integrity. All of my parents worked hard to {be} where they are today. No one handed them their successes. They instilled those values in me. I started working when I was 14. I paid for a lot of my own things growing up (gas, clothes, food out etc.), starting doing laundry when I was 12, made one dinner a week when I was 13, and paid for my second degree in nursing school (or still paying I should say). My accomplishments mean so much more to me because I worked my butt off to get there. Be proud of who you are and where you came from! Spin by day and Nurse by night. ” –Danielle Habedanck
Integrity, to me, is summed up in one of my favorite quotes: “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” It’s sticking to what you believe is good and right, even if there is no one around to give you kudos for doing so. Integrity is completely selfless. –Katie Simons


Doing the right thing.  Staying true to yourself.  Staying away from cliques and FAR away from gossip and trash talking.  Being yourself.  Standing up for others.  Being a good friend.  Leaving your ego behind.  Being a team player.  Showing respect.  At the end of the day you have to look at yourself in the mirror, be proud.  Are you being kind, supportive, and are you giving it your all…-Nicci Morris

For the month of September, “InteGRITy” is our theme. We are full-steam, bringing INTEGRITY into our game wherever we can. Let us know how YOU define INTEGRITY, and keep your eyes open for an updated version of the t-shirt.

See you in the Saddle Room,

Grit Cycle.