Julia Gilas | Exercise Addict
“The healthiest addiction in the world is exercise” is sort of a mantra for Julia, “Exercise has transformed my body, mind and my life.”
I’d say so, Julia has more than 4 Million followers on Instagram and while her sultry looks bring the guys to her page, her fat busting workouts keep her core audience of young women looking for fitness motivation in tow as well. “The road so far has been fun. At times, it’s been challenging, but very rewarding” Julia tells me, “I learned so much from this journey. Sometimes, it’s more “what not to do again” that leads you to the best way forward.”
“Since I’ve been on this journey of exercise, getting to be optimally fit (and maintaining it), it’s changed everything. Exercise has given me the ability to help others also. Exercise is the one thing that people can do that in every case will improve their lives. How many things can you say that about? It’s been a great ride.”
“I started modeling at a very early age. The modeling lifestyle isn’t healthy. Models sometimes look healthy, but they’re not, at least not the ones I knew. Poor eating habits, caffeine drinks, staying up late, that’s not a healthy way to go. I knew I had to do something to get on a healthier path. That’s really what go me started into fitness. I’m so glad I took that step. Everyone I’ve ever met that said they started exercising has told me the same thing, they are so glad they started.”
People really need to hear things like the following from people like Julia Gilas. I mean, really, this is the raw humanity that many people in the public eye can help people the most from. Just to know that all people, even Julia have “that inner voice that has told me negative things for years” Julia states, “Most of the time we rarely give ourselves a pat on the back, maybe for a minute, but then the voice steps in and says, yeah but…..
It’s a constant battle.
Over the years, I’ve been able to keep it in chains, but sometimes, it breaks free. The best advice I can give is to laugh at the inner voice when it comes and don’t take it too seriously.”
The Julia Gilas Method
Here’s why my workouts have worked: Intensity and focus. I’m all business when I get into the gym. I have a workout plan and I do the plan with intensity.
When I say “intensity” I mean not walking around taking a 4 to 5 minute rest between sets. You can burn fat and build muscle with weights.
Shorten the rest time between sets to no more than 90 seconds, and focus on the reps and good form.
Good form: That’s really important. It’s better to do lighter weights with good form than throw around big weights with terrible form.
A workout plan: That’s a must. You’ve got to know exactly what you’re going to do when you step in the gym.
Consistency: I’m in the gym 4 times a week on a consistent basis.
I plan my breaks, just like I plan the workouts.
This formula has worked for me.
Research Behind the Results
The research was a combination of reading and trial and error on myself. I started out doing too much cardio and training 6 days a week. That was a mistake. I got burned out. I was excited in the beginning and that excitement lead to doing too much.
You’ll never build a strong body doing tons of cardio.
When I started to use weights that’s when I really made progress. But still that took time and numerous rep schemes and exercises to figure that out as well.
The Glute bridge and all the other Glute exercises was the game changer. Everyone would benefit from a strong backside. I’d highly recommend bringing the Glute bridge exercise into your workouts.
Like so many different plans that I hear, I always seem to think “Is this for everyone? Or is there a specific person or client that this is best for?” So I asked….
Anyone who is starting out, or anyone in a workout rut. Use my “’formula” and you’ll make progress.
Rewards of the Fitness Journey
The feedback from my followers is so rewarding. I get letters and positive comments telling me I’ve had a positive impact upon their lives. That keeps me going.
If I can pass along something good to someone, then it’s all worth it.
Advice to Beginners
Don’t wait for the perfect moment to come along to make a change. The hardest part is “pushing play”.
Don’t focus on the goal but make it fun on the way to the goal. Take the first step towards a new improved you. If you can get a workout partner that can make all the difference.
Don’t wait to get started.
I hear things like I’ll start on Monday. Whenever I hear that I know the person isn’t serious. What’s so magical about Monday? How about today? How about starting to eat better right now?
The part I love about fitness is this: no one can give it to you, you can’t buy it, you can’t fake it. But you have all the control. It’s all totally in your hands and that’s the great part. It’s the greatest gift you can give to yourself because to get into shape takes discipline, and commitment.
General Fitness Advice
Don’t focus on a number, like I want to lose 20lbs. Instead focus your energy on enjoying better health, and automatically you’ll feel and look so much better. Have you ever looked at a before and after photo of someone who has gone from out of shape to great shape?
In every case they look so much more youthful and better. It’s not just about the outside either, they’ve gotten healthier also.
80/20 Fitness Rules
The best bang for your buck is weight training your overall body every workout. Keep the rest times to under 90 seconds and you’ll get the cardio benefit as well. You shouldn’t be out of breath, but you shouldn’t be completely recovered either to start the next set. There are exceptions, like if you doing heavy deadlifts or squats, but to get into shape, overall body and keep the rest times short. You should be able to finish your workout in just under 60 minutes including a 10 minute warmup and a total body workout.
The Mindset Key
What you think about you bring about. If you think about success all time, you’ll be successful
Wherever you put your attention is where you’ll see the results. Eleanor Roosevelt said, Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about other people. If you want to make a change in your life, start with the things you think about. It gets back to the question earlier about what’s been the biggest obstacle? Allowing the thoughts about things I can’t control, or negative thoughts that seep in my head. Most of those thoughts that are negative are all based in “fear”. The fear of something. If you can re-train your mind to think positive thoughts, you’ll see success and good things come into your life. Train your brain just like you train your body. Instead of letting your thoughts and emotions rule your life, you be the master of your thoughts. It’s easy to say, and not so easy to do. But, if every time you catch yourself with a negative thought, push that away and think something positive. I don’t want people to think, “hey I’ve got it all figured out”. I don’t. I struggle at times just like everyone else. But exercise has really helped me in so many ways.
I’m going to have to keep reinventing myself to change and adapt to the new challenges that technology will bring.
I still see fitness in my life. That’s been my focus for the last several years. I think my brand will continue to grow, and my followers will continue to follow as they get older with me. Each year, my brand has grown stronger. It’s taken a lot of work to get this far. I look at it this way, each day, I wake up, and I put in a big effort to keep the brand going. That’s all I can do, work hard, be humble, patient and all will be ok. I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to come this far.
Keeping it Moving Forward
I try my best to keep my life in balance and not take anything to a crazy level. When you’re starting out, there’s a tendency to overdo it, and you get burned out fast. That goes for just about everything. If you’re starting a workout program, the best thing to do is start, pace yourself, you can always do more.