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October with Instructor of the Month: Shannon

We can’t believe it, but we are almost through the month of October. We decided to spend a little time with our Monarch Beach Instructor of the Month, Shannon Roberts, who is an October connoisseur.

Give us the Nitty Gritty on you: 

I’m an Orange County native. I live in Laguna Beach with my amazing boyfriend Robert {who I met at GrityCycle,} and our two lovely daughters. No pets, yet. 
{We’ll save the details of love in the saddle room for the Valentines edition!}

In addition to GritCycle I teach barre and yoga. I taught classical ballet forever and ever. I gave that up last year. 

Fall is my favorite Season and October is my favorite month of the year! Every year I buy all of the pumpkin food things from Trader Joe’s and all of the pumpkin smelling things from bath & body works. It’s the best month to visit Disneyland {hello Jack & Sally} and I love spooky decorations and costumes the whole month long and mostly I love Halloween, My favorite holiday!!

What brought you to the grit podium?
My longtime friend Katie Osumi was already teaching at Gritcycle and she suggested I try it out. I hated spin, but she knew I loved to dance! 

What was your first experience in the saddle room?

Mind blown!! I knew after my very first class that I was going to be a Gritcycle instructor!

 What motivates you/inspires you?

Music! Every day all the time. I’m always motivated to find new music for my classes. 
And other instructors inspire me, energy is contagious!

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

We spend most of our time hanging out in Laguna Beach. Walks down to the beach, we hit up the local restaurants. A few favs include: Ocean on Main, South of Nicks, The Deck & san shi go!
For lunch, I love Active Culture & The Stand. 

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

It’s a tie between Figure 8’s and a waltz! You can’t get more dancey on the bike than that! 

What is your favorite food?

Chips & guacamole.

What song instantly gets you dancing? 
Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”.

Do you have a secret talent?

Air hockey!! And I’m a near professional hula hooper.

What would your last meal be?

Sidecar donuts.

What was the first concert you went to?

Guns N Roses.

In high school what were you most likely to….? 

Appear on SNL.

Who would play you in a movie?

Hopefully Kristin Wiig, most likely Mike Meyers.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts.

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


Favorite color?


 What three things are always in your grocery cart?

Crunchy peanut butter, Kale & Kombucha.

Beauty products you can’t live without? 

Dior Airflash and Peter Thomas Roth gel eye patches. {I’m} forever in search of the perfect Eye cream {please direct message me when you’ve found it.}

Biggest vice?

Jalapeño Margarita

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

Wear sunscreen & your retainer & stop over tweezing your eyebrows!

Best movie quote ever: 

“There’s no crying in baseball.”—-I used to quote that movie when I taught ballet, but there usually was crying in Ballet. 

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been to trapeze school half a dozen times 


Do you do any other forms of workouts?

Lots of Yoga. 

Thank you miss Shannon, you’ve managed to convert some of us most autumn-averse to look into apple-picking this weekend.

You can catch Shannon every Monday, Wednesday + Friday at 10:45am at our Monarch Beach Studio. Thank you so much Shannon for stopping by the blog.