Name: Alison Gomes
Occupation and age: Bookkeeper at Mystical Body Piercing and Office Assistant at Arc Audio. 42 years young!
Kids? Grandkids? If so brag a bit: 1 very handsome, 17 year old son whose passion is board sports. Snowboarding, skate boarding and his favorite, surfing. And 1 beautiful, 19 year old step daughter who is currently attending MJC.
Your motto: A confident woman is a beautiful woman.
How long have you been a Goddess at Venus Pole Fitness? Since April of this year.
Have you undergone a transformation (physically, emotionally or both!)? Absolutely! Physically, I still cant believe what I’ve accomplished. I’ve always been somewhat fit and active but never thought with my age and injuries I would be able to do what I’m doing! The medical benefits have amazed me. Before starting Venus I was receiving steroid injections for a hip injury every 10 weeks or so, I haven’t needed another injection in over 6 months and counting! I also have a neck injury which changed my life about 7-8 years ago. Never imagined I would be able to do boot camp AND pole but here I am loving every minute of it!
Emotionally, I’ve become a new woman. I feel strong, secure and confident, beautiful and happy! My outlook on life is so much more positive now and I feel like I can handle just about anything thrown my way.
Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole? No formal dance training. Over the years I have tried different fitness trainings. Kickboxing, which I really enjoyed. Krav Maga, which was fun but very hardcore. And karate which really wasn’t my thing. All of these, however, were done in my late 20’s early 30’s. For the past 8-10 years its been all about family enjoyed sports.
What made you decide to take classes? My desire to learn on the pole and to feel beautiful and sexy again, to get my confidence back. Never imagined I would love boot camp so much.
Favorite class and why? Besides boot camp, Inverting 101 because this is what I want to learn! I think pole work is such beautiful athleticism.
What is it that you LOVE about Venus? EVERYTHING!! Whats not to love?!?! The classes are awesome! Boot camp for the more fitness minded and to really find out what your capable of. Various pole classes to suit everyone’s likes and abilities. Instructors that know how to teach so well, and push you when needed. Ambassadors that are always willing to help or answer endless questions. The women who are all there with the same ideas in mind, providing tremendous support to one another, becoming each other’s inspirations. And, of course, the beautiful Diane. Who, through her own journeys, research and passion made this possible for so many women to enjoy.
Platforms, barefeet or legwarmers? Platforms, definitely! I’m on the short side so the platforms make my legs look longer and give me some height AND make me feel sexy. (I must admit I would probably take my leg warmers over my platforms during this cold weather though)
What are you currently working on technically? Gemini (inverted pole move). I can do some difficult moves but this one, which I think of as being a more simple, is difficult for me. The pole burn kicks my booty every time.
What are you working on artistically? More fluidity in my transitions.
Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? No favorite song really. I like just about anything but typically prefer rock music.
We LOVE music at Venus Pole Fitness. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life?
1.Upside Down by Jack Johnson
2.Rise Above This by Seether
3.Today by The Smashing Pumpkins
Guilty pleasure: Dark chocolate, peanut butter, yogurt pretzels, Trader Joes Vanilla Coconut milk, cranberry macadamia cookies pizza, sushi etc. My guilty pleasures change weekly, depends on what I have in the house or what I’m craving. MODERATION is the key.
Final Question: Any inspirational advice you would like to share with women who are afraid to try pole dancing? Give it a try, you’ve got nothing to lose. There is no judgement here. Life is too short to miss out on something you just might love that makes you feel sexy, strong, and beautiful!
Who am I and why should you listen to me?
Hi there! My name is Diane Flores and I’m a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend and, most importantly…a WOMAN who knows exactly how you feel!
I am also a Certified Health Coach through the Institute Of Integrative Nutrition, Certified Pole & Fitness Trainer, previous NPC figure athlete and current NPC Bikini Competitor with over a decade of experience in the health and wellness field. The demands on my life are no less or more important than yours. Which means, if I can live a Fit, Sexy and Confident lifestyle, you can too and my program will show you how.