FIT6: Anne Miller, Aerial Artist

FIT6: Anne Miller, Aerial Artist

(Cover photo credit: Sam English)

Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. This week’s guest is Anne Miller. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to ashli@louisvillewomensports.com.

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(Credit: Anne Miller)

Tell Us a Little About Yourself

Anne is the co-owner of Suspend, which is a Louisville-based cirque fitness and aerial arts studio.  It provides a variety of skills-based classes to participants of all ages and skill levels including aerial silks, lyra (aerial hoop), trapeze, aerial pole, hula hooping, acro-balancing, juggling, and fitness classes that incorporate work on the ground and in the air. Classes are designed to improve strength, flexibility, focus, balance, and poise in a playful and inspiring atmosphere, which encourages health and community.

Anne is also a neuropsychologist and the mother of two.

Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health

1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?

Aerial arts are body weight based, so each movement in the air involves both lifting a portion of my body weight and stabilizing that weight.  I independently train several hours per week in addition to the classes I teach.  I also make a point to cross-train at other small, local studios. I take ballet and modern dance classes, I work with a personal trainer and a pilates instructor on specific functional movement goals, and I love hot yoga when it’s cold outside.  I try to balance all of this activity with a meditation practice.

2) How do you prepare for a workout?

I spend time actively warming up my muscles.  Aerials require one to push personal limits of strength and flexibility, so making sure the body is ready is very important to prevent injury.

3) What do you eat, drink, or do for quick energy?

I love coffee!

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(Credit: Sam English)

4) What is your daily nutritional plan while training?

I tend to listen to my body’s cues, and follow them.  I have been a vegetarian for the majority of my life and try to avoid processed foods.  I love to eat, and vary my diet quite a bit. If I want to eat it, I do.

5) What do you snack on between mails while training?

I try to keep hummus with vegetables, avocados, almonds, and dark chocolate on hand.

6) What are your health and fitness goals?

I don’t have specific fitness or health goals, per se.  There are several movements I struggle with in the air that I would like to get more fluent with. I enjoy testing my body’s limits, and I don’t think I will ever reach a point where I will stop trying to push those boundaries. I tend to focus more on the functionality of my body rather than what it looks like.