A quick search of the hashtag #DamnyouOprisor might reveal a lot about this month’s Truth or Dare candidate, but that would be barely scratching the surface when it comes to getting to know the awesome Ana Maria or Anka Oprisor. Anka has been kicking this bazaar team into gear with her work at Kuwait’s 20/Seven Fitness Studios that launched EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation) training in Kuwait. Others might know her from the radio, where she helps listeners with advice about wellness and nutrition. Anka is an impressive change maker, and not only is she changing our fitness schedules, she’s truly changing people’s perception of wellbeing.
Anka considers herself the ultimate perfectionist. The law graduate and conflict mediator is also a Master Trainer and certified nutritionist. Her love for fitness stems from such a young age. She explains, “I started sports when I was 9-years-old and I forgot to stop. I was a professional handball player.” With a stellar record of personal bests and championships won, Anka was also part of the National team in her home country of Romania, doubling as a game coordinator since she was only 16. While health problems prevented her from pursuing this path, her passion for fitness never subsided. A law degree did not stop her from practicing sports, and when it came to building her career in the law realm, Anka went on to start and teach a Tae Bo class before and after her working hours.
Her true journey began, and continues to this day, as Anka earns certifications in the field, sharing her newfound awareness with people to help them improve their lives. While some consider her the tough cookie, hence the famous hashtag #DamnyouOprisor, everyone leaves any given training session with a new sense of understanding about their health.
For Anka, moving to the Middle East arrived as a natural decision. She was always attracted to the culture, religion and the lifestyle. She says, “As soon as I landed in Kuwait, I felt like I was home!” Armed with her knowledge, she set out to work, and it never ends! From her position with 20/Seven Fitness Studios to her live segment on the local radio, Anka is on a mission to revolutionize people’s perceptions of fitness and wellness in Kuwait. As the only EMS Certified trainer in the Middle East by the German Glucacoleague Institute, Anka is playing a huge role in growing this community in Kuwait.
When it came to broadcasting her message to the masses via the Radio, Anka recalls the first time; “I can still remember the tremor in my voice. All I thought about was my Russian accent! In all seriousness though, I believe that it is a huge responsibility when you’re live, with so many people listening and taking your advice. I’m not here to give people information that can be easily Googled, I am trying to communicate real advice based on wellness lifestyle coaching. We want people to change their habits for the better to improve the quality of their lifestyles.”
Her future ambitions couldn’t be clearer. Along with an expert team of trainers and visionaries, Anka sees huge developments for 20/Seven Fitness Studios. She says with conviction, “We have our own style and we believe in it.” She is also planning on attaining her official certification as a wellness lifestyle coach from the US. Until then, you will find this sea lover by the beach whenever she gets her downtime. This stunner also dabbles with modelling, and thinks it’s a great way to meet people in Kuwait.
How would your mother describe you in one word?
How would you describe your mother in one word?
Ruler – she likes to lead. She doesn’t lead me though.
What is the most ridiculous question you’ve ever been asked?
What are you doing for a living? Ask me about my profession, and not what I do for a living! I usually answer this with ‘I’m a beggar.’
What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve done?
Went from school to a tattoo saloon and got an eyebrow piercing with two friends.
What is your theme song?
Actually, when the sound goes down I totally enjoy the silence (because of all the loud workout music I have in my ears all day long due to my work). I don’t have a theme song per say, but I like Deep House, Future House and Trance music. Believe it or not, sometimes I love to shake my head and wave my hands on Arabic and oriental music.
What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented?
Hyperism – because I am always hyper.
Where would you like to live? What is your dream retirement location?
I am already living where I wanted to – which is the Middle East. It happened to be Kuwait, but I like it and I am totally enjoying my time, my work and my life here. While I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, I would choose an exotic place like Thailand. A life on a beach, bungalow home, coconut water and fresh fruits!
What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind?
We are what we eat, drink and think! Not famous but something I believe in. And especially what we think. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions define you.
What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in?
What do you miss about your childhood?
My grandparents and the holiday at the village. Fresh cow milk and running bare foot.
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I would not change it. I love it: Ana Maria, but lots of people know me as Anka.
What is the toughest part of your character?
I am a perfectionist.
Who is your favorite historical figure?
None – I believe even history is changed so we got whatever others wanted us to believe as the truth.
What in the world do you least desire?
I just want peace and harmony, love and understanding. Wellbeing in one word.
What do you think is lacking in the world, which if there was more of would make the world a better place?
Less hate and envy. We have all we need from God. We are the ones making our lives harder to live.
Why do you think most girls/guys like you?
They don’t. Look up #DamnYouOprisor and you will see why.
Finish this sentence: “Happiness is (a thing called)…”