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Meet the Manager: Andrea Aqueveque

Happy Monday Gritties!

Today we bring you one of our favorites: Andrea “Dre” Aqueveque–our Costa Mesa studio manager. Not only does she run a tight, well-managed ship; she also is one of the most fun, down-to-earth, and most-hilarious employees on staff. Always on hand with a one-liner, and never one to take herself too seriously, Dre works hard and plays hard.

Dre dropped by The Outpost to answer a few of our questions…..


What brought you to Grit Cycle?

I’ve always loved to spin, and friend of mine asked me if I wanted to join her for a class at Grit, and after the first few songs, I knew I was hooked! I left that class with all my endorphins flowin’ and knowing I would be back!

Do you remember your first class at Grit? What was that like?

Yes, it was Dani’s 9:30am Friday class, it was absolutely awesome, I was so impressed how Dani was able to incorporate various genres of music in a spin class. I thought to myself “this is a f-ing rad spin studio”.

How did you become Studio Manager?

Long story short, I started from the bottom now I’m here.

Do you have a mantra that inspires you?

Wag more bark less.

Do you have a class or ride that has been your most memorable or favorite?

I have sooo many! But here are the two that top my list… First podium ride in Lisa’s class and my birthday ride, riding shotgun with Kelli in Dani’s class!

What is your favorite song to ride to and why?

My all-time favorite is doing a sprint to “Hurricane” by Halsey.

What was your “aha” moment, experience, ride, or situation when you realized Grit was more than a spin class for you?

In the moments after my first class and the saddle doors opened, I knew I was never going to leave this place. I found my home.

Give us the nitty gritty on you: where you’re from, what you do {if something else besides working at grit,} family, pets, etc…anything interesting/relevant.

I was born a raised in Newport Beach. I have a doghter named Sadie {she’s a yellow Labrador.} Before I became full time at Grit I was a behavioral interventionist for 7 years, working primarily with children with autism.

I’m engaged to the love of my life, Joey {it’s really my dog Sadie, but don’t tell Joe.} We are a planning a wedding for fall 2018 (I swear we will get it done this year!).

What motivates you/inspires you?

Everyone at Grit! Front-desk girls, instructors, our cleaners (Hector), etc. everyone gets up, comes to Grit and kicks ass.

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

I love going on long run/walks with Sadie, bronzing at the beach, traveling, eating, shopping, being outside and enjoying life!

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

I love a good single-single-double.

What is your favorite food?

A good turkey avocado sandwich.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Cassie Piasecki

What song instantly gets you dancing?

“Panama” by Van Halen or ET” by  Kanye West & Katy Perry

What is the last book you read?

The Barefoot Contessa “Make it Ahead

What would your last meal be?

My mom’s Christmas dinner… Prime rib, scallop potatoes, salad, bread and wine.

What was the first concert you went to?

No Doubt!

What was the last text you sent?

“What should we do for dinner Joe?”

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

Mediterranean Mint {Talenti Ice Cream.}

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

Mediterranean Mint and a glass of wine with Joe.

What is your favorite color?

Indigo.

What is your favorite food/drink?

I could go on for days… but here is one… Mexican Coke and Tacos.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”- John Wooden

What are three things always in your grocery cart?

Coffee, Siggi’s yogurt, and bread. 

What beauty products you can’t live without?

Fresh Seaberry Shampoo & Conditioner, Laura Mercia tinted moisturizer, bronzer, Eyeko Sport mascara and Coola SPF.

What is your biggest vice?

I love cannabis products.  🙂 

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

I have a freckle in my eye.

Do you do any other forms of workouts?

I will always love running and my new goal for 2018 is to start more pilates and yoga at Ekam!


We LOVE you Dre! Thanks for letting us pick your brain and for keeping us in check in Costa Mesa!

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