Instructor Insights: Julie



From professional ballerina - with Boston ballet and Joffrey ballet - to Barre teacher, Julie’s teaching style is based on a carefully designed combination of her knowledge of ballet, alignment, and her passion for high-energy workouts. On top of Barre, Julie also teaches Ballet and is a RYT-200 yoga instructor and a certified personal trainer. In Julie's class you can expect to sweat, workout, challenge yourself, and most importantly: have fun!

Fit-focused Qs:

What is your go-to breakfast on a busy morning? This is embarrassing, but my mom ships these breakfast cookies I've been eating every morning since I'm 15 from France every month, because I can't live without them. Once in a while though, I make my own Acai bowl (açaí, almond milk, almond butter, cashews, banana, granola, and coconut)!

What's your best strategy to stay motivated? Find a workout that you love. It doesn't matter what it is, but find something that makes you want to get out of your house, that you can't stop telling your friends about. This way, working out will never be a constraint. That's how it is for me: whether it's ballet, yoga, or barre, I never have to force myself, I always go to class feeling excited and motivated.

The best thing we can do for ourselves after a workout is... No hesitation: STRETCH!!!!!!

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Is there a special dietary regime you follow? What changes have you seen or felt since you have started it? Not particularly. I eat mostly everything I want (except processed foods and I don't snack). I have my own view on having a healthy lifestyle, and part of it is eating everything without too many constraints. I think if you workout, if you have a healthy mindset, your body will crave healthy foods most of the time anyway. Too many constraints = too many frustrations.  I'm a sweet tooth, and I think it's definitely ok to have Nutella and ice cream once in a while, as long as you learn your body's needs to function at its best. 

What are your top three exercises to do at home? As a Barre instructor: curtsy lunge, turned-in side kicks at the barre, and figure-8 crunches using the ball. As a yoga instructor: Dancer's pose, humble warrior, reclined bound angle pose (Supta Baddha Konasana).

What are your tips to have energy all day? Do what you love, love what you do. This is my motto, and it sure gives me more energy than I can ever spend :)

What's your favourite motivational quote? oops... well, I will have to say again: do what you love, love what you do.

Quick-fire Qs

Favourite smoothie at My Goodness: I love the "Be Smooth" 
Best Restaurant in Berlin: So far, Lokal but I only arrived last week and since I'm a foodie, I'm excited to try new places! 
Best Bar in Berlin: I like Cafe Luzia
Best Place to dance in Berlin: I unfortunately haven't been here long enough to say, but I had fun at Schwuz once!
Favourite exercise: Any lower ab exercise and I'm all in 
Least favourite exercise: Push-ups 

Silly Q's:

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Dog, cats, neither? Definitely dogs. Because they wait for you to come home, they are always happy to see you, they love to cuddle and they never let you down. They just give you so much love and happiness. I have a dog in New York and one in Paris and I miss them both everyday. 

What's your personal theme song? "Keep the Faith" by Michael Jackson 

You're stranded on an island. What's the one thing you'd wish you had? With no hesitation whatsoever: a notebook and a pen. Ok I know that's two things but one doesn't go without the other. I actually write everyday, and now that it's a regular practice for me, I couldn't live without it. It is such a meditative practice, and by writing you can understand a lot about yourself and about others.