UP CLOSE WITH ANNETTE 12 Apr 2016
What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? This is a tough one. I love so many of them. It might be a toss up between my Twiggy and my Sculpt. Both are really challenging. I love Twiggy because it feels like interval training. It forces Lithers to stay on their toes and listen as things change up so quickly. You never get tired because once you just about burn out one body part, you're moving onto something new. I can be exhausted or not feeling so peppy when I walk into the studio, but after teaching this class, I always leave energized and happy.
I also love Sculpt because it has so many elements, and it is a class in which I can challenge the class, but they can also quickly see their successes. If you've ever taken Sculpt with me, you know I make you put a pair of 8 pound weights by the mat. You don't have to pick them up, but if they aren't there, you don't even have the option. My favorite is when a Lither gives me the "side eye" when I cue it is time for the 8s, or time to do a pike up at the barre, but then they feel genuinely proud when they try (and succeed), even if just for one rep. It is great watching Lithers walk out of the studio, knowing they gave it their best and made it happen, and then coming back the next week and trying for more!
Did you ever go through an awkward phase? Every single day – I am still living it! Age hasn't allowed me to grow out of this phase, but it has allowed me to embrace it. I accept that I'm so much more interesting with my quirks and neurosis. I've recently realized I am extroverted introvert I often use humor or self deprecation to hide my shyness or possible slipping confidence. My close friends will call me on it when I "have my peacock feathers out." I am a performer and often love being the center of attention, but just recently have come into my own, where I can enjoy my own company. Life is so much more fun and challenging with these juxtapositions!
Now, if you are asking if I ever had a "fugly" phase....
Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up? I like to ask people I am getting to know, what is their "theme song" and what is their "walking down the street song?" (a la Saturday Night Fever). I haven't reevaluated in a while, but my go-to answers have always been that my theme song is The Human Heart from my favorite musical Once on This Island and my walking down the street song is Ricky Martin’s If You Ever Saw Her. Now that they are out there, I feel confident sticking with these.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I thought I would want to know what people thought, but then realized that would only be if they liked me. I think it would be the ability to control people's feelings. Or more specifically, the ability to help them find happiness and peace. Let's face it: the world is a dark place no superhero could ever fully save us from, and people endure some horrific and unthinkable things. But, I am always amazed at the people who find the silver lining. Those who despite any hardship, find the love, the comfort, the positive. These people inspire me. Their struggles are there, but the ability to go on with light and hope is its own superpower. I would like to have the ability to help influence the good and maybe bring a smile when needed. And also, despite my discomfort of heights, I’d like the ability to fly.
What is your favorite body part? Since I am a woman, imperfect and human, the answer changes daily. Some days I love my strong legs; other days, I hate the width of my thighs. It's always nice when I get complimented on my arms, but then become mortified if anyone says I'm "jacked.” I do like my eyes, the way my nose turns up (despite being made fun of as a kid), and the fact that I was lucky to get fuller lips. But when you put them all together, it's just my face. I always say, "I'm the way my momma made me."
Image of Annette via Dom