Next up? Varsity Lither Starlet Heckard. She's moving to San Diego this week! Starlet, we'll miss you to pieces!
Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? Although the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement is a wonderful way to get Lithers into the studio, it wasn't the main motivating factor for me. I’ve gone to Lithe for more than five years and there are a few things that motivated me prior to Varsity. First, I was motivated by the instructors. I wanted to have perfect form at the barre like them, beautiful Rockette kicks, and effortlessly powerful jumping lunges! Also, I’ve been motivated by fellow Lithers. I love working out with women who are strong, focused, and powerful. I love the energy in the studio when everyone is moving together and the breathing is synchronized! It’s magical!
Finally, I was motivated by myself. I had a nasty late cancellation and no-show streak. I challenged myself to eliminate them and was successful for about two years until I overslept for a 6AM workout. I was in a seriously DEEP sleep! I was annoyed and cranky when I woke up and disappointed in myself. I got over it (eventually). Actually that’s not true I still get annoyed when I think about it. TWO YEARS!
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Tweet! I love venting on Twitter after (or sometimes during) a tortuous day. Live tweeting is the best. I should pay attention during early morning meetings, but ...
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I'm not sure that there's just one. My top two are perfecting my form and incorporating all of the classes into my schedule. I love working at the barre, on the mat, and using bands and props. I love focusing on which muscles in my body are working. That lets me know that I am moving properly.
I try to take every class that hits the schedule at least twice before putting them in my nightmare closet. I even take classes that force me out of my comfort zone (Hello, Hotstepper! I see you, Cowgirl!) I’m neither a runner nor a hooper, but I managed to survive both classes. If I feel frustrated while learning new CCS I try to “run” the choreography in my head as I’m walking home. I'm sure I've entertained a number of drivers while I'm waiting for the light to change. Wait, what was after the triple jack combo?! Clam diggers? Reach and pull? Boobs and butt?! Gargh! What am I forgetting?!?!
Wait, hold on...how about top three? I think it's cool to see the changes in other Lithers. Like, damn! She looks great! Maybe I shouldn't have fries for dinner! $&@! I really want fries for dinner!
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? That's a tough choice, but I think I'll say Barlesque! It's the perfect blend of classic and sassy (like me). We begin at the barre for serious sculpting and cardio (Hey, jumping lunges! How are ya?), and then move to the bands for funky fresh dance moves. In one class we got to yell "whoooooooooo!" That's probably the first time I vocalized in a class.
What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? I'm not ashamed of anything I watch on Netflix. When the weather is funky, I sometimes have a Netflix bad movie marathon. I should be ashamed of my new addiction to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. I didn’t watch the show when it was on the air, but now I can’t get enough of their shenanigans. The family is rather disgusting, but they fascinate (and nauseate) me. Disclaimer: The first three seasons of it were the best. Season 4 is kinda dull.
Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Jake Ryan! He’s not real, but sheesh. Sixteen Candles came out before I was in middle school, but when I saw it ... Zack from Saved from the Bell is a close second. My true celebrity crush is Smokey Robinson. I’ve had a crush on him since I was 5-years-old. Oh, Smokey. When you sang to the letter ‘U’ on Sesame Street … SWOON!
And a little lagniappe: I would love to have my own TV show (although I'm kinda shy, so that might not work, but a girl can dream)!