We had the good fortune of connecting with Anne Elisabeth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anne, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Just like my clients, it can be hard for me to workout and stick to a healthy lifestyle! There are days when I hate working out, and I don’t want to get up early, or do any of the things. But, I am a firm believer that those days are the biggest win. Not because of the workout you do (let’s be honest, it’s probably not going to be the best), but because of the story you are reinforcing for yourself around your relationship to fitness. If you just show up, you are telling yourself that you are a person that prioritizes wellness, and works out ‘x’ number of times a week, no matter what. That is the practice that creates change.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am so proud to be a Pilates and GYROTONIC® teacher in Los Angeles. I came to LA to dance professionally, and found Pilates and the GYROTONIC® method after being injured. The work put me back together, and when I had anticipated retiring from performing, I continued to dance for several years. Ready for new challenges, I decided to open my first studio. Wild Heart Pilates opened in January of 2018 in Studio City, and it has been an amazing experience. You learn so much about yourself when you go into business, and it has made me better in so many ways. I have loved having a place that all can feel welcome, regardless of fitness level. Everyone is free to come as they are, and enjoy movement in a supportive and safe environment.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Studio City, and love to hike Fryman Canyon. The hike is challenging but not crazy, and you’ll see amazing views of the city. If you want to head to the beach, El Matador (Malibu) is one of my favorites. This beach is one of the most photographed in the city, and you will definitely recognize it from your Instagram feed. Stop by the Malibu Country Mart on the way home – lots of local foods and shopping, with plenty of outdoor seating for a quick lunch. When things reopen, definitely see some improve comedy. Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) has nightly shows, and stop next door at Birds for drinks. I always send people to Downtown LA, to the Music Center. Even while the theaters are dark, the architecture is so special to wander through. Little Tokyo is close by, so head there for sushi – I love Oomasa, but they are all so good.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give so much credit to my Pilates Master Trainer, Marie-Jose Blom, of Long Beach Dance Conditioning. She is an incredible part of the Pilates industry, and the standard of teaching she instilled will always be with me. Through this studio, I met Lisa Marie Goodwin (Goodwin Studios in Culver City), and fell in love with the GYROTONIC® Method as well. Having these two amazing teachers be the foundation of my career was incredibly lucky. I’d also like to mention City of Angeles Ballet, and Mario Nugara. While I was performing, I was lucky enough to take daily class with Mario. His organization provides free training to children in need in the greater LA area.