Julie has been riding at The Handle Bar since September and has proven herself as one of our strongest riders! She always grabs a front row seat and leads the pack with great form and impeccable rhythm. When she’s not in the saddle, Julie can be found jogging the streets of Southie, and she most recently signed up for her first ever marathon. Check out our post by Susan about spinning to run.. preparation for her first marathon this November.. Julie will certainly be following suit!
Everyone has their own unique fitness journey. What has yours been like with spinning?
I took my first spin class in college and loved it! I played college soccer and always needed to stay in shape throughout the year. Nothing really got me in the shape I needed to be in like spin. I used to work at a gym in Boston and would try out all the classes they had to offer. I soon realized that I only wanted to go to the spin classes. That’s when I knew it was the right workout for me. When I moved to Southie in September and saw the studio in the neighborhood I knew I needed to join and I have been hooked ever since. I have always been a huge fan of intense, quick workouts and the 45 minute classes at The Handle Bar do the trick for me.
How do you fit fitness into your everyday life?
I really enjoy working out so I look forward to spin everyday. After a long day at work there is nothing that makes me feel better than an amazing spin class. Walking into the studio after a 9 hour day I’m feeling pretty tired, but walking out after a great ride, I feel like a completely different person. I think I work out more for the mental benefits than the physical benefits. Endorphins are no joke! 🙂
Why do you come to spin at The Handle Bar?
I love The Handle Bar for a lot of different reasons. I think a huge factor for finding a place to workout is convenience. That’s what got me in the door when I first moved to Southie. But the attention to detail is what keeps my coming back each month. I think the instructors at The Handle Bar are amazing. Everyone brings something new to the table and it keeps all the classes fun. Also, I love the community feel at the studio. Walking into The Handle Bar at 6am for a Monday Morning class and hearing, “Happy Birthday!” is something that you wont find in many places. Everyone really makes you feel great when you’re there and its something that makes The Handle Bar so special.
What did you do for fitness prior to joining the studio?
My whole life was filled with soccer so when that ended my senior year of college I was in need of something else. I would go running which I really enjoyed, but I got bored pretty quickly. I also needed some strength training to go with the running. Spinning is the perfect workout to incorporate cardio, strength training and a full body workout all in one.
What goals has The Handle Bar helped you achieve?
The Handle Bar has helped me get in a great workout routine that I love. I actually joke with my friends that I am addicted to spinning because I hate to miss a class so much.
What’s your favorite way to retox after a long week?
I love a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and going out with friends.
Do you have a favorite class at The Handle Bar?
My favorite classes are Lena’s 11:30 Saturday and Sunday rides. Gotta earn my weekend!!
What is your favorite music to spin to?
I like it all! A little pop, rap, rock, mashups, techno — anything. The best classes are the ones with a good variety.
What are your thoughts on using bike shoes? Had you ever used them prior to riding with us at The Handle Bar?
I love bike shoes. I had never used them before starting at The Handle Bar but now I don’t think I could go back to sneakers.
What motivates you?
I’ve always been a self motivator. I don’t think there is a better feeling than setting your mind to something and accomplishing it.
What words do you live by?
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”