WHADUP Wednesday! Finally, FINALLY, I think spring is making her grand debut and I don’t know if I have ever been more excited! It is time to trade the parkas in for sunglasses and soak up some MUCH needed Vitamin D! Get outside and appreciate seeing the sun shine again! Go to the park with the kiddos! Take your furry friends for a walk! Whatever it may be, get outside these next few days and enjoy the long and overdue bright days! (I told you they would get here eventually!!) But how appropriate is it that the week the sun decides to shine, I get to shine a light on a gal who is the sun on the dark days for all of us! (except she shines 365 days a year!) She started her TORQUE journey in our very own Summer Fatzinger’s class, funny how sometimes the student becomes the teacher, and now she is a total #barrebabe! Julie Acree, proud member of her party of three! Married to her best friend, Timmy, and the proud mommy to #sweetbabyreese! I mean honestly TORQUE tribe have you ever seen a more beautiful family?! She is not your average person. She goes above and beyond, in every aspect of life! Not only is she an amazing instructor, a dedicated wife and mommy, and a badass in the business world, she is also one of the most down to earth souls that I have ever encountered! In her interview she said something that was just too good to not share word for word. In the few times that I have met Julie, I could not agree more that THIS is who SHE is. “I wear my heart on my sleeve. What you see is what you get with me. I’ll sweat it out with you and push you to your limit, but do it all with a smile or a cheeky little joke to make you forget how badly your legs are shaking. I want our clients to know that they are capable of anything they put their mind to... 3lb weights? Sure! Get one inch lower? Yes you can!! I think change happens from the inside out. My goal is to make everyone feel good, to feel included, to feel comfortable in their own skin. I truly believe that any progress or change that happens within our four walls is just an added bonus to how amazing you already are.” Julie! Girl, you NAILED it. You put into words so perfectly on who you are and what you want for all of us, but also for yourself. You understand the idea that this is a journey that we can embark on together, because everything truly is better when we are all together! Thank you for being you, for wearing your heart on your sleeve, for showing all of us love every single day! You are one of the special ones my dear and we are blessed to call you ours!
To read more about Julie and her love for our happy place keep reading! As always, sending love and good vibes to all my beautiful rays of sunshine where ever you may be! (p.s. see you all weekend long IN the studio!! This TORQUE babe is coming home!)
Favorite TORQUE memory:
My favorite memory was right before we opened the OG studio when we were all hosting practice classes. I remember being so nervous- but the good kind! - like when you know you’re on the brink of something amazing that’s about to happen. So many people were cheering us on to make TORQUE what it is today. Summer’s class was electric. It was packed and SO hot (hi, no fans yet), but everyone there was just so happy and inspired by everything Summer had created. It was like this huge sigh of relief - that all of our paths had crossed to come together to be a part of this movement, like we were able to take a deep breath and say “omg, we’re home.” That same vibe followed us here to the new space and I feel it every day. It’s just the greatest.
Favorite quote and what it means to you:
“What if I fall? But oh my darling, what if you fly?” Gah! Sometimes I read this quote and it’s shakes me to my core. It’s that voice in my head that says to me “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!” There’s always a fear of the unknown, it’s that scary first step outside your comfort zone. But if there’s one thing I know for sure, when you’re uncomfortable you’re learning, growing, evolving, getting stronger, stretching those wings. Sometimes fear can stop us in our tracks and paralyze us. Sometimes it’s easy to listen to that little voice in your head making that “what if” a scary one. It’s an inner battle I think we all have. I love this quote for so many reasons. It’s a reminder to stay positive, to change your perspective, to be excited about those “what if’s” instead of scared, to take that first step, and to always remember to be your own best cheerleader through everything that comes your way big + small.
Your definition of TORQUE :
To say my body + mind (and life!) have gone through a bit of transition over the last 18+ months is an understatement. We were only a month in to being open when I found out I was pregnant and immediately I was determined to teach my entire pregnancy. I am so thankful to have had TORQUE during what has been literally the biggest change of my life. Through it all, TORQUE has been my constant, my happy place (because it truly is a HAPPY place), and my sanctuary. It’s the place where in the midst of all the chaos of navigating my new life I can still find “me.” Whether I am teaching a class, spinning in that dark room, or cheers-ing “just because,” I mean, I’ll just say it... TORQUE is EVERYTHING. It’s a smile, a hug, a dance party with 33 of your BFF’s (old + new). It’s where we celebrate our peaks and lift each other up when we’re in our valleys. It’s where we grow, reconnect, disconnect, and come together to work towards one common goal: to be a better, stronger version of ourselves inside + out.
Favorite workout clothing brand:
Sooo I hate to be that girl, but I am 100% that girl - it’s Lululemon all. the. way. I live in their pants + zip ups in (and out of) the studio. After searching high and low for workout pants while I was pregnant, I always went back to Lululemon (mama’s to be: the Align II Pant is what you need!). And, obviously, TORQUE swag!
Favorite post workout snack:
I am always looking for something quick and easy that’s packed full of nutrients. This is my go-to green smoothie:
Large handful of spinach
2 scoops of Vital Protiens Collagen Peptides
1 tbsp of Chia seeds
Unsweetened Organic Vanilla Almond milk
blend + enjoy!
Julie's Top 10 songs:
So hard to pick just a few songs! my favorites are always changing, but these are my go-to’s. LOVE the “happy beats” as I like to call them.....
get it poppin - fat joe + nelly (if you’ve planked to this song in my class, you know why. who said planks can’t be fun?!!!)
till ya legs hurt - 99 percent (pretty much my go-to barre anthem)
malibu tiesto remix - miley cyrus
cruise - kygo
lullaby - martin jensen remix - sigala
you might be (feat lis) - autograph
pump - valentino kahn
wait and see (deep chills remix) - deep chills + monogem
hands to myself - KANDY remix - Selena Gomez
tidal wave (young bombs remix) - evvy
Julie’s TORQUE schedule:
Monday + Thursday 6pm Barre
Saturday 8:30am Barre