Tomorrow, March 15th, marks the lovely Annett’s 2 year anniversary with us here at Elite Pilates. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we are so lucky to have such an incredible and talented team here at Elite and we would like to thank Annett for being such an important part of it. Many of you will already know Annett Brown from her killer classes at The Kingsley and Donnybrook but we thought you might like to know a little more about Annett’s personal pilates journey.
Happy Anniversary Annett and thank you for everything that you do.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have a German Passport but have lived in Russia, Syria, Turkey and the UAE before moving to Ireland in 2014. I have two kids, two pets and one husband. The weather in Ireland is something I struggle with as I love sun, beach and warmth.
How long have you been working with Elite?
I started teaching at Elite two years ago, time flies.
How did you start teaching pilates?
I had to have back surgery for a slipped disc in my lumbar and was advised to start Pilates, that was 11 years ago. I got hooked on it and always wanted to start teaching, seeing others get better, stronger and aware of their bodies is so rewarding. A few years later, I did various Teacher Training courses with Balanced Body to qualify and upskill.
What would you say is your favourite thing about working at Elite Pilates?
The clients are amazingly fun, passionate and driven. The team is pretty special as well.
Why did you choose pilates as a career?
Same as number 3 really, I just got hooked!
What 3 words would you say describe you?
Strong, efficient, controlled
What 3 words would you say describe Elite Pilates?
Passion, Dedication, Fun
What would you say are your top 3 passions and why?
Travelling – always loved to discover new locations
Languages – I like learning languages, I can converse in German, English, Turkish and Russian and have studied Arabic, Persian and Ottoman.
Staying strong and healthy – more important with age, so I try to pay attention to it but still indulge
When you’re not in studio, how do you spend your time?
My background is in HR consultancy and this is still what I am doing during the daytime. I support professionals with their job applications, write CVs, provide career guidance and assess people. Additionally, I like spending time with my family. We all love animals, so horse riding is quite a big part of my kids’ lives and I run the Social Media for the Kinsale Equestrian Centres, do all the photography as well.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to give pilates a go?
Miracles don’t happen overnight, so stick with it and you will see the results. Also, see it as chance to get some ‘Me-time’ as you have to concentrate so much on the movements that you cannot think about shopping, etc.