Q: How long have you been training with Wright Training?
A: I started a few months after it opened in Victor (was that 2019?). I hadn’t been into a gym since I had back surgery in 2016 and was scared to go back to training. I ran into Crystal while I was Nordic skiing using only one arm because I had given myself tennis elbow from shoveling during an avalanche rescue class earlier in the winter. She told me she specialized in broken people, which was great news for my elbow and my shoulder and my knee and my back.
Q: What sports do you most enjoy in the mountains?
A: Backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and hunting.
Q: What injuries have you had due to sports?
A: Most of my injuries are overuse injuries and genetics, but I did tear my knee up about 17 years ago backcountry skiing on long skinny skis.
Q: How has strength helped reset your body?
A: I really struggle with chronic back pain, and strengthening my glutes and core has really helped me manage it. Learning better mechanics has helped with knee and shoulder pain as well. It hurts to get older!
Q: How has strength helped your performance in your sports?
A: As a skier, I base my idea of performance on enjoyment, so I really enjoy being able to skin up with less fatigue, and ski farther and faster and without pain. Being stronger has helped me improve my ski technique and I love that I can manage harder terrain and more difficult conditions.
Q: What else should we know about Julie?
A: Aging can be challenging in a mountain town, both mentally and physically. We are so lucky to live where we do and access the amazing beauty of the Tetons whenever we want. I am not in the gym for a perfect body or weight loss. I am in the gym for the long haul so I can have an active outdoor life through my elderly years, but I do have amazing lats…..