If you ever take the 8:30am Goddess Body Bootcamp class, you’ll likely be sweating beside this tiny little firecracker.
You’ll know it’s Rachel when a stream of curse words leaves her lips after a few rounds of a grueling workout. 🙂
But seriously, this girl is a powerhouse. She works so hard in bootcamp classes and she’s a “technologist” (wants to get every little detail right) when it comes to her pole work.
Every time I have Rachel in a class, I’m insanely motivated, inspired and in awe of her work ethic. Not to mention, she’s a pretty bad ass chick and we love her.
And, she’s an awesome mamma to 3 adorable little munchkins.
Get to know Miss Rachel Duenas here…
Occupation and age: After School Instructor ,34
Kids? Grandkids? If so brag a bit: Yes, we have three amazing,crazy and challenging kids (ages: 5, 3 1/2 & 2). I’m sure their ages are to blame not the fact that they take after their parents lol
Your life motto: Everything happens for a reason
How long have you been a Goddess at Venus? It will be a year this month
Have you undergone a transformation (physically, emotionally or both!)? I would have to say both. Although I am not at my smallest I’ve ever been, I do feel like I am in the best physical shape of my life thus far. Coming to Venus has helped me feel more comfortable in my own body
Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting Venus? In the past I’ve tried joining gyms but it never seemed to be the right fit for me,so over the last year and a half I started working out at home and suprisingly I have been able to stick to it. As far as the dancing goes I have no rythm or coordination what so ever, so unless you count dancing around the living room with my kids, I have had no dance training
What made you decide to start coming to Venus? My bf’s mom mentioned she tried the studio in Turlock and how much fun it was. I always wanted to try pole/bootcamp and was looking for something to get me out of my comfort zone and help get me into shape
What have you learned about yourself, nutrition or exercise during this program? I’ve learned so much about portion control and eating clean, things I have heard before but never fully understood or put into practice till now
What fears held you back (if you had any!) before you joined? That I would look ridiculous because of my lack of coordination , I wouldn’t be able to do the things other girls could do, or wondering if the other people going were going to be friendly
Favorite class and why? Thats hard because i really do love both, pole and bootcamp.I would probably lean more towards bootcamp because I feel more confident in my abilities in that class
What is it that you LOVE about Venus? For sure all the amazing instructors and supportive women that come here
Platforms, barefeet or leg warmers? Its still taking me some practice but I like the platforms.
What are your current pole goals? To be fluid in my movements and learn more floor play
What are your current fitness goals? My long term goal would be to compete in a bikini/fitness competition, if i can ever overcome my huge anxiety to crowds and stage fright lol. But for now I’m going to try and continue eating clean and get that lean sexy muscle Miss D always talks about
What is your favorite Goddess recipe? I’ve only tried 2 recipes, the pms muffins and the turkey meatloaf muffins and they are both really good
Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? honestly anything dirty 😉
We LOVE music at Venus Pole Fitness. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life?
1. Little wonders- Rob Thomas
2. Three little birds- Bob Marley
3. Won’t back down- Tom Petty and the heartbreakers
Any inspirational advice you would like to share with women who are afraid to come to the studio and start their own transformation? Get out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith,do something wonderful for your body and soul.
Ready to come and try out a pole dancing class for yourself? We have introductory workshops that teach new Goddesses the basics.
It’s NOT hard, I promise. It looks hard because you’ve probably seen the advanced stuff on YouTube or in pictures (like Miss Rachel’s photos above).
Everyone starts as a beginner. If you are in the Modesto area, come and sign up for our next intro workshop. Click the big purple button below to see our next available class.