Claire Tran is an actress and a dancer with a well established career behind her. She integrated the conservatory at the age of 15, danced for Pietragalla, posed for Jean-Paul Goude and was directed by Claire Denis, Olivier Assays and Mia Hansen Love.
She practices Vinyasa yoga, Bikram and aquabiking and even if her motto is You are what you eat, she admits having a passion for cold cuts!
Inside/Out: What is the first sport you played?
Claire: Badminton! When I was young, I played with my father in the courtyard of our building.
I/O: And the first you truly connected to?
C: I discovered yoga with Peter Goss while I was at the conservatory and I believe it became an important foundation for my life and profession.
I/O: An emblematic sports figure?
C: I am a huge fan of Roger Federer, the grace in his backhand, otherwise I admire ice skaters in general, it is so challenging what they do, so dangerous and they have to do so wearing sequins and with a smile. Not to mention the horrible atmosphere in the stands.
I/O: Does leaving your comfort zone during your physical trainings award you with the mental strength to deal with day-to-day challenges?
C: Totally. I don’t feel good if I don’t push myself. I need to prove to myself that I can excel, break my limits and improve mentally.
I/O: How do you find your work life balance and personal fulfillment?
C: It happens naturally, even if at times I consciously prohibit myself from eating cold cuts whenever I can. I have chosen to live normally, but healthily and to love life. I don’t like to deprive myself. Except for smoking, I stopped cold turkey two years ago. My work is my passion, thus for my taste I am never working enough! When I was dancing, I put myself under a lot of pressure and I was scared to hurt myself, in turn I became rigid, inflexible. It could not last, I did not feel fulfilled. As soon as I begun to act normally, something within me was liberated.
I/O: A mantra?
C: Breathe that I have in fact tattooed on my arm. Never underestimate the power of breathing.
Bra: Oysho. Leggings: Oysho. Shorts: Oysho. Headband: Lululemon.
I/O: How would you describe the Parisian relationship to exercise or well-being?
C: She needs it to avoid a burn out. The stress you are submitted to in Paris is at times impossible. And well of course you have to compensate the drinks and pastries!
I/O: Has the attitude towards exercise changed in Paris over the last few years?
C: Yes, you can tell by the increase in sports or exercise offers and by the number of enticing gyms now available in Paris. Before it was considered unfashionable to go to the gym or have a sports coach, now it is the opposite, everyone is participating. Even my boyfriend!
I/O: And sportswear’s relationship with fashion?
C: I only wear sportswear to dance or exercise. For the city, only city attire.
Bra: Oysho. Leggings: Oysho. Shorts: Oysho. Headbans: Lululemon. Termos: Bodum. Herbal tea: Les 2 Marmottes, Pukka.
I/O: Your favorite sports outfit?
C: Each sport has its attire.
For Bikram yoga: a matching sports bra and short by DragonFly, I understand it is a brand that is exlusively for pole dancing!
For Vinyasa yoga: a sports bra and legging by Oysho.
For aquabiking: a one-piece swimsuit by Petit Bateau.
For dancing: the leading trio: sweatpants, t-shirt, and hoodie all by American Apparel.
I/O: Your favorite sports or athleisure brands?
C: American Apparel for sure. For years I have been running around in their tank tops, t-shirts, sweatpants and mini cotton shorts. I like the simplicity in their cuts and large choice of colors.
I/O: A tip for well being or a must-have exercise product?
C: Tiger balm! It warms, relaxes, decongests and it smells good.
I/O: A hairstyle fit for exercise? A must-have accessory?
C: A ponytail or small bun, to avoid having hair in your face.
I/O: Dressed in black from head to toe or visible 10km away?
C: Visible 10km away! I love wearing flashy colors or prints, it gives me energy.
I/O: Your food ritual before and after exercise?
C: Beforehand I do not eat, I have a glass or two of coconut water Vaïvaï or Innocent, my favorites. After I eat generously all awhile drinking lots of water.
I/O: A fitness or well being travel destination you wish to visit?
C: I would like to do a yoga retreat in Asia.
I/O: Does music play a roll in your choice of activity?
C: No, but if it is too awful I can’t do it.
Fragrance: Eau des Jardins de Clarins. Bottle: BKR. Tiger Balm. Bra and Leggings: Bloch.
I/O: Are dance studios becoming the new dance floor?
C: Zumba and Dynamo appear to be a favorite for people, and all the better if it gets people moving, without alcohol! What’s important is to treat oneself and to be conscious that what is challenging results in progress. You have to be patient with yourself. I like the expression the hard way is always the best way.
I/O: Are you sensitive to the idea of a new feminism? Do you feel that women support themselves more today and excel together?
C: I am for a feminism that does not separate women and men. In recreational sports there is no reason to distinguish between sexes. But of course, I love going with my girlfriends, my sister, it is definitely a special moment.
I/O: Do sports give you the sense of being a part of a community?
C: Yes, the one who recognizes we have only one body our entire life.
TIPS AND ADDRESSES
1 advice for obtaining the greatest benefit in ones training: B-R-E-A-T-H-E
1 coach: Jeanne Pesle from Yoga Bikram Paris, who also teaches at home pre-natal yoga. As a former dancer she knows how to mix a rigorous and soft approach.
1 playlist: Dance Workout on Spotify to move like Beyonce.
1 website: Far and Wide, for beauty and city tips.
1 power song: "Respect" by Aretha Franklin.
1 app: Mindbody to consult and reserve an exercise class, spa treatment or massage all over the world.
1 restaurant: Bob’s Kitchen, 74 rue des Gravilliers, but it is not longer a secret!
1 beverage: homemade hot water and fresh ginger, with the option of honey as a sweetener.
1 inspiration: the older women I see every day at yoga wearing a smile
1 person we should interview: my friend Sonia Rolland! She is a former basketball player, Miss France 2000, actress, director, model, mother of two and best body in town!