VICTORIA MARTINEZ - YOGA TEACHER, PERSONAL TRAINER & AYURVEDA PRACTITIONER
From a very young age, Victoria was always the chubby girl. She tried every diet and counted calories since she was 14. Then in her 20s, she reclaimed her body back and lost 45 pounds by spending hours in the gym and maintaining a rigorous diet. While it worked, it working hard and not working smart.
In her early 30s, after giving birth two healthy kids only 18 months apart Victoria had gained 70 pounds and spending hours at the gym was no longer an option. This is when she started discovering yoga and looking for healthier ways to maintain a good balance.
Her final path to health felt like a giant jigsaw puzzle with lots of missing pieces. As the pieces revealed themselves - nutrition, physical strength and endurance, mental flexibility, emotional wellness and spirituality, all pillars of Flex5 Method, - Victoria began to lose the weight in an almost effortless manner that she never experienced before.
YOGA TEACHER AND CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER
Today, Victoria’s life's mission is to share these techniques with Flex5 Family to empower them to gain optimal health. Like the rest of Flex5 Team, she is constantly learning about all aspects of lasting vitality, and has gained three nationally recognized certifications:
- Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine
- Certified Yoga Teacher 200hr, Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
- Certified in Ayurveda 50hr, Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
- Inversion Intensive– FLY 50hr, Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
- Energy & the Subtle Body Intensive 50hr, Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
She continues vigorous self-study of Ayurveda, nutrition and the subtle body, more specifically the Chakra system. She is also in progress of getting certified in Nuero Kinetic Therapy as well as continuing to expand her yoga training.
VICTORIA’S HEALTH AND FITNESS PHILOSOPHY
Her philosophy is simple: YOU gain total health and wellness by creating a healthy balance between the physical body, mind and spirit. Easy said, less easily done and impossible to find at your neighborhood gym…which is where Flex5 Method comes in.
I'm a TV meteorologist for Fox 46 in Charlotte, and went to Flex 5 after I had ballooned up to 280 lbs. I've been training with Brian Mazhari and doing yoga with Victoria Martinez for a few months now. The weights dropping off(down over 30 lbs), and I'm feeling and looking so much better.
Brian's a great motivator. Very positive, but tough. He keeps the exercises different every time I come in, so I don't get bored. But, I do get pooped. My body is definitely changing shape.
I've never done yoga before, and was about as inflexible as a human being could get. It's amazing the progress we've made. While still not the most flexible man, I'm getting up and down with my kids like never before. I had a constant pain in my shoulder that would give me headaches, and that almost never happens anymore. She's been pushing me further and further, and I can even do the crow pose.
Petro layed the groundwork with an eating plan, and a way to live. He came to my house, and cleaned out my kitchen, talked to my wife, and made sure I was mentally ready to roll. Plus, he showed me how to order when I do go out to eat. They're hitting on all cylinders. ~ Brian Basham, Charlotte, NC
I went to my first yoga class with Victoria as part of a work event and to be honest I was there to network. I knew I wasn't going to be good at yoga and I wasn't interested in just laying in a dark room and breathing deeply. After that first class I became addicted to the environment of the classes and then quickly to yoga itself. Victoria is amazing and her energy and attitude are both contagious. The love and joy you feel in her classes are 100% coming from her and it's addictive. I am thinner, stronger, and happier now than I was before that first class. If I could give more than 5 stars I would! ~ Alexandria Smith, Charlotte, NC
Five months ago, I'd never met a yoga pose that I liked; then Victoria and her weekly Chakra Flow classes came into my life. Pretty soon, my tree poses became less wobbly, my crow more confident, and Chaturanga Dandasana to up dog vinyasa was flowing smoothly. Victoria is a patient teacher and her well thought out classes have been a perfect complement to my running routine. ~ Kelly Junk-Merritt, Charlotte, NC
I am so happy that Flex5 was recommended to me a couple of months ago. Victoria's yoga classes are the best in Charlotte. Her practice includes incorporation of the Chakras, a variation of yoga poses and essential oils. She teaches a safe yoga practice which I find to be very important. Thank you Victoria for sharing your practice and positivity!!
Flex5 studio is clean and the staff is friendly. Not only are the yoga classes something I recommend everyone try, but they also offer personal training and group fitness classes. ~ Jorgia Pace, Charlotte, NC
I started working with Victoria mid May. She is an excellent instructor, very knowledgeable, very encouraging. Through her guidance I have excelled beyond my wildest expectations… Especially for an old lady! I love that working with Victoria is a whole body experience… Fitness – using strength training, cardio, yoga and Pilates. Nutrition guidance without dieting… Spiritual and emotional wellness through yoga practice as well as learning how to use Essential Oils for healing, stress relieving and overall body wellness. I thoroughly enjoy my "total package "experience with Victoria in an exceptional environment!!!! Be the change!!!!! ~ Jo Carter, Charlotte, NC
I cannnot explain how much I love coming to flex 5. I feel so comfortable working out there and actually look forward to working out now. It's very personable and the facility is amazing. I have also never been crazy about yoga, but Victoria has made me fall in love with it! Her classes are small and I leave feeling refreshed and happy every time I leave, and Brian has helped tremendously with my strength (prepare to be sore). Really the whole team works together to help you achieve your goals and their interaction together makes for a fun place to work out where you actually feel a part of them team. ~ Troy Jordan, Charlotte, NC
I have used Flex5 for many fitness and health services, and I can't say enough about their staff. Victoria is an amazing personal trainer and person! She brings positive energy every where she she goes and truly makes you feel like you can do anything that you set your mind too...and with her guidance, knowledge, and support, YOU CAN! ~ Dawn Amerson Pugh, Charlotte, NC
I got the pleasure of taking an amazing yoga session with Victoria. It was quite the workout, and the facility was beautiful and well maintained. As soon as you walk in, friendly staff like Darla greet you and ready to help you #BeTheChange. I am so impressed with Flex5 that I signed up for a Tabata HIIT series with Mitchell. ~ David Olivarez, Charlotte, NC
I'm always a little hesitant trying out a new place, but from the moment I walked in for yoga I was met with such a warm welcome; everyone there is so nice! I had mixed up the yoga schedule but Victoria was so great that I ended up staying for her aromatherapy seminar and loved it. I had a great time, felt refreshed and learned a few things. Now I can't wait to go back and try her yoga class! ~ Frankie Tellus, Charlotte, NC
I always have such an amazing experience with Victoria! I have done aromatherapy and yoga with her; both were something you have to experience for yourself. I always leave feeling more centered and energized. ~ Jacob Ivins, Charlotte, NC
I've been training with Mitch and Victoria for only two weeks and I am ALREADY seeing and feeling the results. I would recommend both of them for personal training and Victoria for Yoga. I love how customizable their plans are and that they always have ME in mind when it comes to MY training. If I could give them 10 stars, I would. To top it all off, they are located in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility with private restrooms and showers. They will even do your grocery shopping for you! ~ Lukas Biebinger, Charlotte, NC
I've been working out with Victoria for 7 months now. Through her Ayurveda sessions , she helped me navigate through an very difficult time in my life. After that, I've worked out with her through personal training sessions and her Chakra yoga class every week.Victoria and the Flex5 family inspires you to be great and truly stands behind the #bethechange movement. I'm so grateful to have found this fitness family and I highly recommend Flex5 to everyone! ~ Mercedes Gatt, Charlotte, NC
Victoria brings a new fresh yoga experience to Charlotte! Flex5 is a unique way to get out of the box and move towards a healthier life style! These guys are changing lives not just bodies! 🌟🌟Great new innovative way to think about a fit life! Victoria makes yoga fun and easy she helps push you to the next level! The whole staff is amazing and sincere about helping you live a healthier life. ~ Tracy Sanchez, Charlotte, NC
Flex5 is the best place I've ever worked out. The trainers are really knowledgable and created a workout program to meet my personal fitness goals. I also really like the diversity of the classes and how well they accommodate my schedule. I am feeling great in my own skin (and in my bikini) :) thanks to Flex5! ~ Tracy Lee, Charlotte, NC
Flex5 has amazing trainers, especially Mitchell. He's a great motivator and provides practical advice on how to start and maintain an healthy lifestyle with an upbeat attitude! I definitely recommend Flex5 for anyone who wants to #bethechange. ~ Kevin Ussery, Charlotte, NC