Shonna Mazzanti is an indoor cycling and TRX instructor at RIDE54. She has been teaching spin and fitness classes since 2008. She is Stages & Schwinn Cycling Certified, TRX Qualified, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor and KBI Kettlebells Certified. When she’s not sweating, she is a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Community Medical Center and a dog-mom to Molly
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Without a doubt, a big cup of coffee and some snuggle time my pup Molly. Whether I’m up for work at 4:30 AM for the hospital or sleeping in a bit on a gym day, I always try to make some time to mentally prepare myself for the day ahead. If it’s a day teaching Spin, I’ll go over my upcoming playlist to get myself pumped up for class.
What is your go-to workout?
Spin class of course! Something about your pedal hitting to the beat of the music and riding your problems away is cathartic and exhilarating. Add a killer weight lifting sesh at the gym and I’m a happy girl.
What is your healthy living philosophy?
Healthy living is of course all about balance. I struggled when I was younger with the foods I put into my body that turned into issues with over-exercising and being too obsessed with my workouts. It’s a tough line to walk.
I’ve used the tools I’ve learned from teaching and studying physical fitness, as well as nutritional advice I was given when I did a fitness competition, to help me feel healthy and in the best shape of my life. Finding the perfect mix of workouts to meet your fitness goals is key. My advice is to find one thing you absolutely love doing for a workout, something you feel really strong doing. Then, find a workout you are scared to death of or seems impossible and take the leap to try it. You may really surprise yourself! Imagine how amazing it would feel to conquer that.
Where are you from and how did you get to the Central Valley?
I am originally a Bay Area girl. My childhood was spent in Oakland and Alameda, where most of my family originated from. My family moved to Modesto during my early teen years and I really enjoyed Junior High and High School there. I made my way to Fresno in 1996 when I came to school at Fresno State and the rest is history. I’ve been very lucky to have made a lot of amazing friends and met a lot of inspirational people here in in the Central Valley. It’s made it a hard place to ever leave.
What’s in your gym bag?
What’s not in it is the question…must haves are always change of gym clothes. Usually something from lululemon because it’s what I live in all day. My Beats headphones, phone, lip gloss, tooth brush and tooth paste, vanilla body spray, a protein bar or two and of course cycling shoes!
What or who inspires you?
Where do I start? My clients. Through the years, my riders and clients have been my biggest inspiration. They have pushed me to up my game year after year. They have shown me so much love and support, not only in class but in my own personal life. They have supported me through some of the most difficult times. I feel like I owe everything to them and that makes me want to be a better instructor. On days when I’m exhausted from work or in a bad mood, it’s them that have turned my frown upside down. When the music hits and they are working their butts off in class, you can’t help but smile. I’ve been very lucky to have made such amazing connections with them.
I’m also inspired by the instructors around me. Those I’ve worked with at GB3 and at RIDE54. Strong and powerful women and men doing great things in fitness just feels good to be around. Last, the instructors I’ve trained along the way. Seeing them inspiring others just gives me all the feels.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from sweating?
That it feels freaking amazing, and its the best medicine for stress!
What are you most afraid of?
Not being able to take care of myself or my body. Not being able to do the things my body can do now. With my full time job as a Respiratory Therapist in Critical Care I see the consequences of not taking care of yourself or your body. It is definitely a huge reality check. I’ve also been personally effected by sickness and traumatic injury within my own family. It has always pushed me to keep my body as strong and as healthy as I possibly can. I can’t imagine not being able to do even the littlest things in life for myself, some things a lot of people may take for granted. Taking time to work on your body, your mind and your soul is the key to adding healthy years to your life.
What’s the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Usually a last check on social media…yes I’m guilty! Throwing some laundry in, catching up on the latest Housewives on my DVR, checking the latest Release Radar or New Music on Spotify and then I’m out for the count.
What’s next for you?
Hmmm, that’s a tough question. A big lesson I’ve learned over the last 5 years is that life doesn’t always go as planned. For now, I enjoy what I have, ride this wild ride called life and see where the road and God takes me. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished in both of my careers. I love to do jobs that help others become healthy and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I am finding a new found love of Yoga, maybe I’ll add that to my teaching list one day. You’ll have to wait and see.