This week I am excited to introduce to you one of my besties Julie Arentz. Julz is a Sydney based Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach, and a tough one at that. 😉
Julie and I met in America in 2009 at a Summer Camp. I worked as a Personal Trainer and Julz was a Lifeguard. We worked here for 3 months having an amazing time, before heading to NYC. In NYC we partied, met amazing people, and lived off McDonald’s (I’m not even kidding.) We both came back with a whole lot of amazing memories and at least 8kg’s heavier.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that, that was us. Now days we are fit, healthy and as happy as ever. We have both grown as individuals and in similar directions, keeping each other motivated and inspired to continue striving forward.
I hope you enjoy her story.
Tell us a little about your journey and who you are?
I am Julie Arentz, a Sydney based Personal Trainer. As a kid I grew up with my 2 older brothers and parents always competing in various triathlons and marathons so I think it was inevitable that I would follow in their foot steps and end up doing the same. I competed in triathlons through out my child hood and teenage years. (To be honest with you) when I turned 18, the triathlons, constant training came to an end, my priorities changed and like most 18 year olds going out and partying was WAY more fun then sport. After a couple of years of spending more time on the dance floor then in the pool, on the bike or running, my old positive habits came back and it’s here my journey started. My Dad and I began training for a half ironman triathlon which we competed in together in 2013. Competing in such a big event with one of the most important persons in my life is unforgettable. Finishing this race brought me such pride, inspiration and really got me back in touch with my passion; health and fitness. I wanted to become a Personal Trainer to help others feel that same feeling I did. I thrive on other peoples success and being apart of their health and fitness journey makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy. Seeing people’s results and watching things like their self confidence grow or the dress size shrink is what make this job so rewarding.
What is your health and wellness philosophy?
I like to keep this one short and sweet!
1. You are what you eat
2. Health is our wealth
What are your ‘non negotiables’ when it comes to your own health?
You need to look after YOU, so for me it’s always keeping hydrated,starting my day with fresh lemon water, eating nourishing foods, listening to my body and maintaining a positive routine especially with my sleep, 945pm bed for me, always.
Through training your clients and having great success, what do you believe is the key ingredient when it comes to someone having a successful exercise routine?
Do what works for you and do what you enjoy. I believe people need to keep their routine in line with their goals.
Every person is different, some people love the social connection they get from a local bootcamp, others exercise is a stress reliever or their ‘me’ time and going for a 45 minute helps them sleep at night.
Regardless, I believe YOU know yourself better then any one, so keep it consistent, challenging and fun!
What is your favourite way to move your body?
Now that summer has arrived, definitely an ocean swim at Clovelly or Bondi freshens me up. I love morning cardio walks or hill sprints at Centennial Park or if you want me to be really specific, deadlifts is by far my favourite way to move my body.
This is one of my favourite questions, because I think it shows that we are all different and there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition…. What does a typical day look like on your plate?
Morning is fresh lemon water, green smoothie and/or eggs and avocado. Mid morn will be a handful of nuts and/or a vegetable juice (with lemon and ginger, my fav) Lunch varies but will usually be some form of protein and a salad, salmon is one of my favs and then dinner will be similar to lunch, chicken stir fry, roast lamb.. something yummy and nourishing.
Self love to us at FW is an essential part of any health and wellness journey. What does ‘self love’ mean to you, and how do you practise it?
Yes! Could not agree more, my daily practise is positive self talk. I do this whilst getting ready for work or the gym in the morning, instead of looking in the mirror and naming all of your dislikes say out loud and proud what you love about yourself, what we say to ourselves is so important and noone likes a nasty bitch, do they 😉 so be kind!
We believe that how you spend the first 80 minutes of your day sets up how the rest of your day will flow. Tell us about your ideal way to spend the first 80 minutes of your day?
Awake at 5am, then down stairs for a warm lemon water. I have recently had a fur baby (10 week old Blue Staffy) so we will head to Bondi for a walk, then its home for a fresh vege juice and a coffee. From there I sit down with my mac and my diary and plan out my day and prioritise my tasks, once this is done there is a fair amount of ‘playing with the puppy’ in my first 80 minutes.
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I hope you have enjoyed another inspirational interview with one of my best friends Julie. Stay tuned for next Sunday, to be inspired all over again.