Julie Belknap

This is an image Experience: 7 years
– Illinois State University B.S., Dietetics
– Northern Illinois University, One year of graduate course work in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Affiliations with professional organizations:

– American Council on Exercise: Personal Trainer
– American Fitness Professional and Associates: Personal Trainer, Pre/Post Natal certified
– C.P.R.

Areas of specialization:
I specialize in motivation and resistance training for weight loss, toning, and general health. I work with people of all ages and abilities through the use of proper exercise progressions.

Personal Motivations to Exercise:
I became interested in fitness and nutrition at an early age, primarily because of a history of heart disease in my family. I have witnessed first hand the benefits of proper nutrition and exercise and how it can add to the quality of life. I exercise for the enjoyment of activity, stress relief, and most importantly the health benefits I receive.

How do I motivate clients?
I believe positive feedback and positive reinforcement are crucial components of keeping clients motivated. I believe it is important to keep workouts new and fresh for clients. This helps to deter boredom and increase level of enjoyment during workouts.

Current Fitness Regime:
I currently cross train (walking, running, and kickboxing) to improve cardiovascular fitness and use weight lifting/strength training to improve total body strength and to increase muscle mass.


  • Exercising
  • Taking pictures
  • Reading
  • Talking to and learning about new people
  • Traveling

Exercise Philosophy:
Exercise is life. Keeping and staying positive will allow you to reach your fitness goals. Exercise needs to be an integral part of your everyday life to insure that you can receive maximum health benefits and develop a regular life long habit of exercise.
Be realistic, everything in moderation, enjoy your life! After all, if you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?