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Instructor Spotlight: Meet Marissa!

"Never Settle. Want it more than you don't!" Coming all the way from West Milford NJ, Marissa, can easily turn a bad day into a good one in the studio. Don't let this kind hearted, funny and positive instructor fool you. She works hard putting together the perfect playlist and routine to give you a killer class. Learn a little more about Marissa below and check her out on the schedule!

Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 10.07.32 AMWhy did you choose Prime Cycle to Instruct & have you always wanted to become an instructor?

It has been a dream of mine to instruct using the Madonna mic and the spot light. The first indoor cycling class I took that had those features blew my mind and inspired me to change my life; it was actually Dani's class over a year ago! After that I was determined to make this dream a reality and within that year and a half I lost 85lbs and became a certified instructor.

-What do you love most about Prime Cycle?

I love rhythm riding. Having been a music major in college, music effects me and pushes me during a workout. Being so in tune to the beat influences me to create challenging playlists and motivate riders to never lose the beat. 

-Who or what inspires you to be the best person you can be?

My family constantly inspires me. I have twin little sisters who are my favorite people on this planet and being a positive role model for them drives me to be better everyday.

-Have you always been into fitness?

I have been a tap dancer, believe it or not, since I was 2! And a basketball player since I was 4. So athletics have always played an important role in my life.

-Coming all the way from West Milford, how did you do covering for the 5:45am class & what time did you have to leave?

I had to leave at 4:37 that morning. But I didn't mind it in the slightest! The riders were amazing!!! There were women in that class that reached personal bests, another woman hit 700 power points, which was something she never thought was even possible! Being there for those moments is what this job is about, being able to facilitate change and inspire others to feel safe out of their comfort zones. I know what it feels like to be on a fitness journey and need that push from an instructor to give you the avenue to something you didn't know was possible. A lot of times that happens in the morning when we have the most energy and least amount of distractions. So it was a glorious morning to say the least. I went and got vegan pancakes afterward which was also great.

-What do you do for your 9-5 job?

I am a surgical coordinator. I book assistant surgeons for surgeries in seven different states. But I am applying to law school in the fall so hopefully that becomes the 9-5!

-What's one thing you would like to check off your bucket list?

I would love to drive across Mexico; I love driving, I love road tripping. I've driven across the U.S. twice since graduating and have seen the top and bottom. But I would love to do the same to other countries. Mexico specifically because I grew up fluent in Spanish because my dad went to medical school there. I would love to see where he went to school but also experience the culture from coast to coast.

-Who's your favorite artist today?

My favorite musical artist today, tough question because that does vary daily. But today I will say it is Divinity Roxx. She's the artist who does the opening tune to my latest playlist. She was the musical director for Beyoncé and her bass player. As a fellow lady bass player, I love her music and her approach to bass playing with the theme of "rock hip hop". (if you haven't noticed that theme also trends in my rides) So I recommend her music to everyone, she's a truly inspiring artist.

-What do you do on your down time?

I don't really believe in down time. I am constantly training and practicing new rides in order to stay a step above my riders. Each week they get stronger and faster and I expect to do no less myself. But I love to read. I try to read a book a week. It's important to me to work both my mind and my body.

-Whats your favorite color?

Pink, honestly. Gotta love pink.

-One awesome fact about you...

I can play 14 different instruments.

-Do you prefer hills, sprints or jogs?

I've always been extremely strong so hills come easier, which is why I love jogs because they are a difficult mix of endurance and strength. The song "Gold" by Kiiara is an endurance tune I love because it is quick but not quick enough to sprint through. Staying out of the saddle the whole ride takes core strength, leg speed and leg strength. Tough combo!

-Push up or tap back?

I love my presses, I really do. But tap backs are so fun and make me feel like I'm dancing. I like to teach the form of the tap back so that everyone can get the most out of the motion because it is a tough move but when done right there is a lot to be gained. I tell my riders "I like to pretend I have a cup of tea on my shoulders, so my chest never dips down and my shoulders never drop." That control of the body, that precision is difficult but worth attaining.

Check out Marissa every Tuesday night at 7:30pm Uptown!  She will also be subbing for Abbey...

4/11 7AM Uptown
4/13 7AM Uptown
4/14 6PM Downtown
4/18 7AM UPTOWNFB_IMG_1491489566397

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