Vixen Army Spotlight: Victoria Pino

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I remember Janet saying, “Always find a spot in the mirror, because if you can’t look at yourself, how do you expect other people to look at you?” and that was it for me.

What made you join the Vixen Army?

Throughout my entire life, I have struggled to find out who I am. In high school, although I was overweight, I participated in all my school events, was a part of the dance team and had a type of confidence I found myself yearning for in my adulthood. After having my third child, it was difficult to adjust and balance school, wifely duties and motherhood. I turned to food for comfort, and whether I was having a good day or a bad one, food became my go-to. During this time, I took minimal pictures and hated participating in anything that would require me to show myself to the world. In March 2016, a friend of mine told me to give Vixen a try. When I started Vixen, I was hiding in the back of the classroom and would die before I raised my hand as the new girl. As Shanut performed on that stage, she had this glow about her and she sparked the fire inside me once again. I left there unsure if I was going to survive to see another day, but was HOOKED! I found myself going every day! On one of those days, I remember Janet saying, “Always find a spot in the mirror, because if you can’t look at yourself, how do you expect other people to look at you?” and that was it for me.
It has been seven months since I started Vixen, and I have lost a total of 45 pounds. Which is great! But it’s what I have gained that has me devoting my time to Vixen. I found that confidence again. I have found my inner goddess; the one that pushes me to be the best version of myself. I have learned that mistakes will happen, but in life you just can’t stop moving. Slowly, I began to feel comfortable in my own skin, and I’ve stopped thinking that beauty is only what we are supposed to look like. Losing the weight was a plus, but that is not what keeps me going back. As a full time mother, wife, and teacher, I look forward to distressing my life by walking through that door. I look forward to tapping into that long-lost confidence and letting myself show. Thanks to Vixen, I found ME again, and I am forever grateful and changed because of it.

Name: Vicky Pino

Age: 32

Occupation: Teacher (3rd Grade)

Kids: 3 (2 Girls and 1 boy)

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza and chocolate

Favorite Routine: Work A$AP Ferg

Favorite Lipstick: Mac Flat Out Fabulous

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Favorite Pop star: Rihanna

If you were a pop star, which one would it be? Beyonce

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Life Motto: Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

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Vixen Army Spotlight: Tiffany Machado

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“These classes are my therapy.”

What made you join the Vixen Army?

I have been attending Vixen for 3 years now; and over the past year and a half I have had the membership. These classes are my therapy. I am not only able to let go of all of my stresses and worries from the day and just feel the music, but I am also able to feel my body and soul come alive. The best part, which I never even expected to happen, was that after class I was able to reflect on all of those feelings. I began to notice that I was not living MY life.

I recently made a few changes because I was feeling so deeply uncomfortable in my life; I knew that I had to do something.  I was living as an empty shell of myself for so long that I didn’t even realize how unhappy I was until I took my first Vixen class after making these changes. That was the best class of my life! I have taken charge of my life and I am living every day in the present and making sure that the daily decisions I make are true to ME and my son.

I am 30 years old and feel as if I have just begun to live my life. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me. I will forever be grateful for Janet Jones, the Vixen Army and Ana with all of her little talks after class. Saying that this workout is inspirational is an understatement. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that I’ve lost 20 pounds and countless inches!

Name? Tiffany Alexandra Machado

Age? 30

Occupation? Administrative Coordinator for the Miami Dade County Office of Intergovernmental Affairs & Owner/ Creator of Wick & Co. Soy Candles

Kids? I have one amazing 6 year old boy who goes by the name of Jerry

Favorite Cheat Meal? I am not going to lie, most of my meals are cheat meals. I work out so I can eat whatever my little heart desires. But if I had to choose, the Chimi- Burrito from Latin House (with Vaca Frita)!

Favorite Routine? That’s a tough one because I love so many of them; but I have to say the new Drunk in Love mix just gets me in the zone! I also LOVE LOVE LOVED the Dirty Diana routine we did for Michael Jackson’s birthday class. Bring that one back Janet!

Favorite lipstick? Kat Von D Liquid Matte in Lolita is my go to

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Favorite popstar? I would have to say Michael Jackson, his music is timeless.

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If you were a popstar, which would it be? I honestly cannot think of one pop star that I would be. I have eclectic taste in music and I like certain things about all of them but none of them can fit the complexities that make up me. However, I can say that when I dance at Vixen I am a little bit Rihanna, with a dash of Bey a pinch of Nicki and a smidgeon of Iggy(…and somedays you’ll get a splash of Rick Ross too)

Life Motto? “It is well with my soul” This phrase is calming, inspiring and spiritual all at the same time. And it has brought me much needed peace.

 

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