In 2013 in walked a shy, yet excited, woman into my studio. She was prompted by her husband to come and try our classes. She immediately fell in love. We saw Terri frequently, sometimes 4 times per week.
Then, she suddenly disappeared.
I heard from her shortly thereafter and she had told us that her husband had died suddenly and she couldn’t get herself to come back to class.
It was her husband who prompted her to come and it was just to emotionally painful for her to return.
She assured me that she would be back when she was ready. And she did.
I feel so blessed to have this woman as a client. She is grateful beyond belief for EVERYTHING. She’s always genuinely happy-go-lucky and has a smile so bright you can’t help but smile back when you see her.
She is strong, sexy, confident and embodies true Goddess-like qualities. Not only has she shed 30 pounds since she became a Goddess, she’s also shed fear, doubt and self-consciousness. You will love her beautiful story below!
Oh, and did I mention she’s also a 50 Year Old HOTTIE!?? It’s never too late to get your mind, body and spirt back on track. Terri is proof!
Meet Terri Vines below…
Occupation and age: AVP/Bank Manager. I just turned 50!!!
Kids? Grandkids? If so brag a bit: I have a son, Shawn who is 28 and his wife Tamara who is 25. They are expecting their first baby in November.
Your life motto: There are a couple of quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt I really like: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” and “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
How long have you been a Goddess at Venus? I started in November of 2013, but after a life altering event, I just recently started back in earnest with the support and understanding form the wonderful Venus Staff around August 2014.
Have you undergone a transformation (physically, emotionally or both!)? Both! I lost my husband, Monty very suddenly in February of 2014. It took a huge toll on me emotionally and I could not bring myself to leave the house after coming home from work.
Work was my only social interaction and it was my saving grace. It gave me something to focus on, but aside from running and working out at home, I kind of just “holed up” in my house.
Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting Venus? Yes. I taught aerobics, hip-hop/funk; body sculpting, step class. I took ballet. You name it, I did it. 🙂
What made you decide to take classes? My late husband Monty knew I loved to dance and I could not find an adult ballet class to fit my schedule. We happened across Venus.
He checked it out with me and after seeing how safe and secure it was, he encouraged me to try it. He loved dropping me off and picking me up from class and hearing all about what we were learning!
What fears held you back (if you had any!) before you joined? I was unsure of myself and how I would do in class. It’s always the fear of getting out of your comfort zone.
The fear of looking silly or ridiculous. Now, I don’t care or mind looking silly and laughing at myself. I am having way too much fun! 🙂
Favorite class and why? I love them all! They bring something new and a different type of challenge for each class. I do like the climbing and spinning (now that I can get to the top)!! I also am trying the inverting classes…. Those are pretty killer. But all the classes offer a great total body workout, so I love going to as many as I can!
What is it that you LOVE about Venus? Everyone and everything. The instructors are so wonderful and supportive. They truly care. The fact that most of them were students at one time truly speaks about what a great place Venus of Modesto is to get in shape. I love the fact that you can be a little bit sassy, a little bit naughty and have a lot of fun while you are getting some awesome exercise and getting fit.
I love the fact that there are all these brave and beautiful ladies getting healthier and having a darned good time doing it. The instructors provide you with the choreography and you make it your own. I am always sweaty and exhausted after each class. BONUS!
Platforms, barefoot or legwarmers? Hhhhhmmm! I have to say all of the above. I run around the house barefoot all the time. I love my legwarmers when it is cooler. BUT, when it comes time to dance, I have to say “Strap on those big girl platform shoes”!!! Got to have them!
What are your current pole goals? Mastering inverting (going upside down on the pole) and not looking like I am holding on for dear life. The ladies make it look so effortless and gorgeous! I want that!
What are your current fitness goals? Toning up and better muscle definition. At my age it does take a little more work!!
Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? I love them all. From the newer and naughty ones, to old school. and yes ROCK! It’s all good! (Although Rachel will tell you that I requested Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” to death- Ha!)
We LOVE music at Venus Pole Fitness. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life?
- Don’t Stop Believing! Journey
- It’s a Beautiful Day! U2
- I’m Real! JLO
Any inspirational advice you would like to share with women who are afraid to come to the studio and start their own transformation? Believe in yourself. Please! It’s okay to be nervous and afraid. We all make that journey. Be kind to yourself and appreciate yourself.
Allow that Brave, Beautiful and Amazing Woman that you are see the light of day and share her with others! Trust me, I still am afraid and nervous and unsure, but I am going to keep trying!
And if you are a Goddess at Venus, you are on the right path. You could not ask for a more caring and understanding group to help you on your journey. It is a great place to have a tough, fun (yes fun) and full body workout.
They are fabulous and I love them all!! Thank you Diane and Ladies for letting me share MY JOURNEY with Venus Pole Fitness Studio of Modesto. XOXO Terri Vines
Inspired by Terris’s story? Well, we will be opening up the next round of our signature program, Goddess Body University soon. We have an in-studio AND online program.
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