Tiffanie Taylor – studioVIBE Client Spotlight

“I feel so good when I leave! I honestly love every workout I have here!”  Tiffanie Taylor

Tell us about you…where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?
I was born in Ohio, grew up in Mansfield, Ohio and went to OSU (I am a proud Buckeye!)-then, via Chicago, NYC, and Canterbury & London, England (where I went to graduate school, met my husband and had my oldest daughter), I came to settle in North Carolina in 2012. My parents moved here when I was in college so it was kind of my home away from home for many years. Now, five years and another daughter later we are settled here and loving it!

What originally brought you to studioVIBE?

I was looking for a studio that was close enough to both home and work that focused on Pilates/Barre/Yoga – studioVibe was the perfect fit, I am so glad I found it! I love the atmosphere, the classes and all the instructors and I also got to try something new I fell in love with-TRX!

Tell us a little about your water sports injury and when did it happen?

On September 13, 2016 I randomly decided while out on a friend’s boat to try wakeboarding…big mistake! We did not realize the boot bindings were not close enough together for me so I had trouble getting up and into position, then my lower left leg snapped from the pressure of the water! I was taken by ambulance to UNC where I had surgery and they inserted titanium plates and pins in from my knee down. I was in the hospital for a total of a week (the longest week ever!).

What classes are you taking and how have they helped with your rehab?

How soon after your injury did you come in?
After my surgery I was exactly three months non-weight bearing on my left leg. During this time, I did gentle mat exercises and Pilates at home, focusing solely on my core and arms. Then as soon as I could start standing on two feet again I got myself back in to the studio, first on the Tower and slowly worked my way up to Physique40. I had to go very slow but with persistence I quickly was coming in regularly again. I definitely credit my quick recovery to the fact I did Pilates on a regular basis before my injury! I am on a cane now, still recovering, but I am looking forward to getting back to TRX as soon as I can.

What is your favorite part about coming to our studio?

I feel so good when I leave! I honestly love every workout I have here…some people complain they hate working out and I say you must not be doing the right kind of work out or going to the right place then because I love all my workouts; my body always feels stronger and my mind feels clearer.

What would you tell someone who is feeling intimidated about coming to studioVIBE?

Everyone at studioVibe is so welcoming and accommodating, the instructors will help you find the right kind of workout to fit you. One of the best things about the studio is that you can find classes of all levels to attend. I love the Flexcard because it allows me to play around with classes and mix up the type of class and times that work for me and my schedule!

So tell us about you…tell us about your life outside of studioVIBE and what you do for fun?

I have a two daughters (a seven year old and a three year old) and an amazingly supportive husband, so the three of them take up most my free time. I work full-time at a private foundation in RTP that funds biomedical research and STEM education, and I am also very involved in the PTA at my daughter’s school. I also volunteer within our local community trying to be an advocate for community development and positive change.

Just for fun…What 3 things would you want if stuck on a deserted island?

A radio, a pillow and a blanket so I could have a long nap!

What was your favorite vacation?

I feel really lucky to have had so many amazing vacations but my favorite would probably be a toss-up between backpacking through SE Asia after I graduated from college, or staying at a beautiful resort in Belize with my husband, sister and brother in law.

If you had to pick three words to describe studioVIBE, what would those words be?

Welcoming, challenging, accommodating

Kim Krause – Client Spotlight

Kim Krause – Client Spotlight
“Truly Life Changing”, Kim’s 3-words for how she would describe studioVIBE…and Kim that means so much to all of us!

Tell us about you…where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?
My husband (Don) and I both grew up and went to school in the Northeast (Go ‘Cuse!). After years of battling baby snowsuits, poor economies and job markets we did what everyone in 1998 seemed to do…. packed up our young family and moved to Cary, NC! As the 50,000+ people that followed will attest, it was the best decision we have ever made. My parents followed almost immediately, my brother (just recently), and we hope to have my sister-in-law and her family here soon as well.

Word has it you have known Patty Geiger for a while…tell us more?
Patty and I have known each other for close to 20 years! Within weeks of moving, we joined the Cary YMCA and there was Patty! She has inspired the best in me from the start. Although, through circumstance, our paths have come together and apart over the years, she has always felt like a constant in my life. Her energy and light have always made me smile and helped me flourish. I am so proud to be a part of this incredible community she has conceived and built around herself.

So then what got you in to studioVIBE?
It’s a familiar story……… as my family aged, we become busier and I was more focused on raising my children (Tori – now 24 and Evan – now 21) than on my own growth. As I approached a milestone birthday and my nest emptied, I recommitted myself to getting in shape. I promised myself that after I reached my goal, my reward would be to join Studiovibe. Of course, I never felt I was ‘there yet’. Last Christmas (2015) my husband surprised me with the gift of Patty 🙂 and yoga and the encouragement to go ‘now’. It ended up being a life changing gift.

You have been coming regularly, what classes are you taking?
Originally, I began taking the yoga classes I had looked forward to joining but just several weeks in, Patty casually commented that my body had loved Pilates (I had taken some beginning mat classes with her years ago) so I signed up for a Pilates Primer class. Just over one year later, I am hooked; perhaps mildly addicted! I typically take 1-2 yoga classes, a mat Pilates class, an Intermediate Pilates Reformer class and have just begun a new Advanced Mat Pilates class every week.

What changes have you noticed since coming to the studio?
Everything! Have I mentioned the “Life Changing” part? I am amazed at not only the transformation my body has undergone but also my spirit: I am happier, more confident, my concentration has increased and I have so much energy.

What is your favorite part about coming to our studio?
Every morning I look forward to my time at the studio and my time with each instructor and my fellow clients. Every instructor has had the confidence in me that I may not always have in myself to push me to succeed more and more each day. I leave every session feeling accomplished, energized and excited to do it again tomorrow! It’s so much more than a work-out place, it is a true community that extends beyond the studio. I love the fact that I work out beside like-minded 20 year olds and 60 year olds every day, partake in a monthly book club at the Studio and attend the Holiday Market and participate in charitable causes each year.


What was your favorite vacation and why?
It’s hard to pick just one……. any vacation with my family is my favorite! We love the beach and we loveWhat would you tell someone who thinks they are too out of shape to do Pilates soccer fields. Both Tori and Evan played soccer growing up, hence we spent almost every weekend away at a soccer game. Evan currently plays for UNC Chapel Hill and Tori is on staff with UNC’s women’s team (she played for Davidson college as an undergrad) so soccer travel is still a large part of our life. When we’re not at a game, we will always pick the beach!

Any last minute thoughts for someone contemplating walking in our doors?
Don’t wait, as I did, for the perfect time …….. do it now, do it today. Wherever you are in your journey, it is the perfect time to add Studiovibe.  Just over one year ago in the Pilates Primer class I was certain I wouldn’t make it to the end but I was encouraged and pushed by the instructor and not only did I make it to the end, I came back, and back, and back. Several months later, I watched a Reformer class and thought, ‘wow— wouldn’t that be great!’. Again, I was encouraged to try. I was pushed and encouraged to success and not only did I do it, I am now working on advanced exercises on the Reformer! Conversely, I would tell the same to anyone already in terrific shape………. there is always more to discover in Pilates, always a little more to pull out and little more to work. It may seem a daily practice would become stale but the inspirational instructors at StudioVibe are exceptional in their knowledge and experience and are always able to make it more challenging (and more rewarding!).  I am so thankful for each and every one of them!!!

Our turn to give thanks…
Kim Krause is a true “ray of sunshine” at our studio!  She is so hard-working and committed and super friendly to everyone.  We actually had a new client ask if she worked at the studio because she knew so many people’s names!  #GottaLoveKim

Thank you Kim for sharing a bit of your “personal story” with everyone. xoxo

Client Spotlight – Meet Evelyn Mullen

“Moving is life affirmation. The spark of life is precious and its force is exhibited through movement.”  Evelyn Mullen

Tell us about you…where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?

I was born on a 19th century farm in South Carolina. All of us were lean and agile and able to sustain movement from sunup to sundown. My grandmother in her late sixties worked alongside the men and did not stop to lie down or quit. She died as she stood ready for another task.

Our family decided to become an intergenerational family. We needed a home with a floor plan for privacy and sharing. We found our house in Cary.

 

What brought you to studioVIBE?

A few years ago, I fell down a long flight of steps onto a concrete floor. I hit on my left side and sustained broken bones and abrasions. After rehab, I became fearful of falling again. My wonderful daughter encouraged me to sign up for 30 minute private lessons with Amy and Missy. With their encouragement, I was able to migrate to regular sessions of “Pilates for Life”.

After knee replacement, I was able to begin again as soon as rehab was completed.

How long have you been doing Pilates? 3 years

You have Rheumatoid Arthritis, along with other health issues, how has Pilates helped you?

Pilates has helped with flexibility and abdominal strength. With RA, tendons and ligaments become inflamed and tighten. Through stretching, some flexibility can be maintained. Balance is the greatest concern. Whenever I lose my balance, I can pull on my abs to stabilize.

With my teachers/mentors Amy and Missy, I am supported in what I can do and encouraged to get a little stronger.

Illness brings stress. Through Pilates, I have been able to manage stress successfully.

What would you tell someone who said that they were too “old” to start Pilates?

Get over it. This is it. This is your life. Mind and body work together. Be able to say on your death bed, “What is that new movement that I wanted to try?”

Anything else you would like to share?

Moving is life affirmation. The spark of life is precious and its force is exhibited through movement.

Client Spotlight – Meet Shakera Myers

Meet our friend, Shakera Myers…

Tell us about you…where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?

I was born right here in NC. I’ve spent most of my life in NC but also went to school in Philadelphia, PA. I am a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and have really developed a network of friends and family here in the Triangle area.  I am now married which is why I chose to stay here. My interests include listening to all types of music, watching movies, shopping, hanging out with my husband, friends and family and of course Yoga!

What brought you to studioVIBE?

I decided to try studioVIBE as I was looking to become a member of a studio specific to my yoga interests. I was previously a member of a gym but was really looking to build on my yoga practice specifically and did not feel that I was getting that from a large group fitness class. studioVIBE is conveniently located. I drove by it for years and decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did as it has really helped deepen my yoga practice.

How long have you been doing Yoga?

I have been practicing yoga for about 8 years now and it is truly one of my favorite things to do. Yoga has changed not only my body, but my overall physical and mental health.

You had a stroke, how has Yoga helped you in your recovery?

I had a stroke in December of 2014 at the age of 31. This was devastating for my personal practice and what I was able to do while on the road to recovery. However, I did not let what happened to me keep me away from one of my greatest passions, which was to continue my personal practice.
Yoga has helped me in my recovery tremendously. The practice of yoga is not simply about getting into the most “difficult” poses, but accepting what your body can do and allowing your mind to be stronger than your fears or what is perceived as physical limitations. Yoga has helped me regain strength in my physical body (I had to build strength to walk again and even hold a toothbrush!) I continue to get stronger, more flexible and have built even more courage when I practice. Yoga has helped me accept where I am in the present moment, physically and mentally.

What changes have you noticed since coming to the studio?

Since coming to the studio, I have noticed that my passion and drive to do more in my personal practice has become stronger. I am more flexible than I was even before my medical emergency. Although as a result of the stroke, I have trouble with balance, I notice that although it is not perfect, it has gotten better. I may not be able to do every pose or move that I may have conquered or was working towards before what happened, but there are new moves and poses that I am learning and starting over in Yoga has been such a great learning experience for me.

Anything else you would like to share?

I’d like to thank studioVIBE for having a place where people like myself can practice our passion and continue to build and grow. I am grateful for instructors and friends that I have both inside and out of studioVIBE who are supportive, understanding and caring. If i can share any thoughts or takeaways from my experience is that, sometimes things will happen in your life that you are not prepared for physically and mentally but you cannot let that keep you down or away from what drives you inside. Yoga, for me, is more than a photo op or set of beautiful, complex poses… it is a way of life. It keeps my body mobile and my mind sane and I wouldn’t give it up for anything!

Client Spotlight – Meet Lori Roberts

“Pilates has given me a longer and leaner look.”

                   Meet the fabulous Lori Roberts IMG_0012 

So why Pilates Lori? What keeps you coming back? I needed something different. I “grew up” in the gym and being in my 40s I was ready for my body to look different. Pilates has given me a longer and leaner look. It challenges me every time I hit the mat. It also feels awesome when I finally nail something I’ve been trying to tackle after months and months. The teachers here are welcoming, supportive, encouraging, completely nonjudgemental and really have always challenged me along the way.

You spent time working in the fitness industry, tell us more…. I actually have a Masters degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Corporate Fitness and Community Wellness. I started out as an athletic trainer and migrated into my of the wellness field. I was a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Certified Group Exercise Leader. Why not, right? I was lucky enough to work for the U.S. Armed Forces in Greece and train some top U.S. and NATO personnel. What an awesome opportunity on so many levels. Quick fun fact… I was lucky enough to work with Billy Blanks a couple of times and even get a personal training session in with him at one point. He was the great equalizer in so many ways. Haha. A great man and a story best told over a drink 😀

Tell us about your first class at studioVIBE…. I was nervous as @&?!#!! I was used to being the fit girl that was setting the pace that I had to embrace and accept just being the girl trying to survive her first mat class and praying Missy didn’t scare me off😀. She obviously didn’t and I was hooked!

You have been coming regularly, what classes are you taking? My goal is 2-3 classes a week with a mixture of Mat and Tower. I was even able to get in a Reformer/Chair tutorial one night so that’s on my radar next. If I’m in town I don’t miss class. I’ve even been known to pack my yoga mat on my travels IMG_0013

What do you do when you are not at studioVIBE? I really don’t do too much. My fiancé and I play some golf… paddle board… a dabble of yoga here and there. Most of my serious work is really done within the walls of StudioVibe.

Any last minute words for someone who is contemplating getting started? Literally, just take the first step. That’s the hardest part. You most likely won’t set the world on fire at first but just hang in there, go at your own pace, and I promise the hard work will pay off.  Also, just wanted to add that I have met so many great people IN the classes.  It’s like we all have each other’s back and best interest in mind – I LOVE it!