Raisa, Boston native, developed a love for fitness when she spontaneously joined her high school’s cross country team out of mere curiosity. What she thought would be a semi-fun, social pastime ended up turning into a passion so fierce she has continued to pursue it out of school through various road races and half marathons. Her love of running snowballed into a new passion when she developed an ankle injury and was told she could only take cycling classes. During this period of time, she was introduced to The Handle Bar and loved it so much she did not believe she had made it this far in life without it.
When Raisa is not teaching classes, she can be found acting on many stages in Boston and the South Shore area. Raisa graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with an Acting degree and has been performing in local theatres ever since. Raisa loves the performance element to teaching and is thrilled to be pursuing both of her passions at the same time. Raisa’s classes are super high energy, both fun and gritty, with some Beyonce, throwback hip-hop, trap, EDM, and an occasional tear-jerker all sprinkled in the mix.
How did you discover The Handle Bar? What inspired you to audition?
One of my longest and closest friends, Falon Sweeney, worked as our blogger and part of the Desk Staff when Southie opened in Summer 2013. When she went abroad in January 2014, she encouraged me to apply for her old job at HB which I have been working on and off ever since. I fell absolutely in love with spinning at The Handle Bar. The positive vibes, the music, the incredible team and community was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. My love for fitness, music, performance, and The Handle Bar itself is what inspired me to pursue teaching here, and I couldn’t be happier!
What is something most people don't know about you?
I can read, write, and speak backwards completely fluently. This ‘skill’ is completely useless but makes a killer fun-fact! Feel free to ask me about it, I’ll gladly demonstrate.
What is your spirit animal and why?
Horse -- they can be both graceful and clumsy, strong yet sensitive, and they are very social and loyal!
If your life could be summed up in ONE song, what would that song be?
“Get Me Bodied” by BEYONCE:
“I ain’t worried, doing me tonight, a little sweat ain’t never hurt nobody” -basically sums it up!