Liz Blackman – studioVIBE Client Spotlight

Meet Liz Blackman, we fell in love with her during her first “hundred”!

Tell us about you…
I was born in Pennsylvania (Easton, near Allentown) and moved to Raleigh, NC when I was 4. I attended Athens Drive High School. I went to UNCW for my freshman year of college and then transferred to NC State—GO PACK! After that, I attended Campbell Law School in downtown Raleigh.  I  passed the bar exam in 2015 – Woo Hoo!

What brought you to studioVIBE?
I was looking for a place to escape the stress of law school and my internships and be able to take care of myself both, physically and mentally.

You just celebrated your first anniversary – congratulations and 6 months before your wedding you graduated from Campbell Law School, how in the world did you fit time in to come to studioVIBE? Honestly, it was what kept me sane a lot of the time. I just told myself that I needed to remember to make time for me, whether that meant going to a class at 6:15am or 6:15pm.

So you (obviously) are a dog lover…tell us more about this passion.
I’ve always had a deep love for animals, especially dogs. I feel like we can really learn a lot from them; their unconditional love, forgiveness, resilience and to not always take life too seriously. We really are the lucky ones that they chose us to be their best friends.

So you love dogs but we know you are in love with this guy – Cam Blackman – tell us about him? And yes how you met too!
Cameron truly is my rock and one of my biggest supporters (if not the biggest) in everything I do in life. He has encouraged me (and put up with me) through some of my most challenging moments in life. I am thankful for him every day. So, who is he? He’s a pretty awesome guy. He has the same passion for animals and the outdoors as I do. Whether we are riding off road or fishing at the lake, we soak in every moment. And how did we meet…well, Cam and I have known each other since middle school but we then went to different high schools (he went to Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh). Luckily, we had a few friends in common and after work one night , during our senior year of HS, one of our mutual friends invited me to a bonfire…at Cam’s house. And really, we have been together ever since. He asked me to marry him in one of our favorite places in the world, Key West, during my first year of law school.  We returned back to tie the knot March 12, 2016.

That is awesome Liz! and we think Cameron is a lucky guy.  A couple more workout questions ..What classes do you take at studioVIBE?
I really like to mix it up but my favorites are Physique and Pilates Tower.

What is your favorite part about coming to our studio?
It feels like a family and not only do I get an awesome workout, I’m usually laughing my way through it. Oh, and the surprise visits from Colby are always a favorite!

Since you have been coming to studioVIBE, what do you look forward to the most?
Being able to take a moment out of the day where I focus and challenge myself and always leaving feeling accomplished.

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

What would you tell someone who think Pilates is “easy”?
First I probably would have a good chuckle, then I would challenge them to take a class because no one who has actually taken a class would call it easy.

Any last minute words for someone who is contemplating getting started at studioVIBE?
Just do it. Your mind, body and spirit will not regret it. I promise.

And just for FUN, what 3 things would you want with you if stuck on a deserted island?
Coffee, a good book (or rather my Nook) and margaritas for the afternoon siesta 🙂

Ok…now a bit about why we #loveliz!  Liz Blackman brightens our day every single time she walks in the door.  She is a golden package: intelligent, compassionate, friendly,  and beautiful.  When there is a new client, we can count on Liz to help set up there mat and any needed equipment; she makes them feel like a “regular”.  Liz works hard in each of her classes and always leaves with a smile!   Thank you Liz for all you bring to studioVIBE!  xoxo

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

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!