Julia was born and raised in a small country town outside of Erie, PA. She completed her B.S. in Exercise Science at the University of South Florida, and it was there that she cultivated her love for group exercise! Shortly after graduating, she and her husband, Jarod, got married and moved to Lexington where she completed her M.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership focusing on health and higher education from the University of Kentucky. She is a certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C) with the EIM Level 2 credential, a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and holds certifications in indoor cycling (Schwinn and Stages), TRX, Pilates, and health coaching, among others. She is a Parrothead who loves to garden and hang out with her pup, Coal!