Julia Buckley is a renowned trainer whose uber-motivating, straight-talking advice on fitness and fat loss has garnered her a throng of fans from across the world. Her online gym allows you to do effective workouts from the comfort of your own home and her bestselling book The Fat Burn Revolution provides insight into some of the most efficient fat loss methods available. Her new book Ignite features a program of 30-minute tested and proven workouts designed to get your body leaner, stronger, faster, and energized after just four weeks.
We were honored when Julie agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA. So without further ado, here are her answers to your questions…
What is the one fitness activity you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?
Running sprints outdoors in winter. Yuck! My least favorite type of session, but when I get them done, I get faster and I can feel the difference in my indoor HIIT workouts. It’s usually the case that the workouts we hate are those that highlight our weak points and the workouts we love highlight our strengths. Working on our weak points usually delivers most of the benefits, so it pays to suck it up and get on with those sessions!
What is something you enjoy that most people would be surprised to learn?
Pokemon Go! I’m in team Instinct and my buddy is Snorlax - which will only mean something to fellow Pokemon trainers. ;-)
I really enjoyed your recent blog article on new year's resolutions. If I could only follow 2 of the points in your playbook, what would you recommend?
They all complement each other so it’s tricky to pick two (and there’s no need because all 5 are easy to implement). But OK, if I have to pick just two to talk about here, I’ll go for:
‘Love the Journey’ – Get this one nailed and the rest is so much easier and more enjoyable.
‘Work in Stages (but Keep Your Eyes on The Prize)’ – Big, inspiring goals are great, but it’s also important to have milestones to aim for along the way…and to appreciate the progress you’re making (as you’re making it) rather than waiting until you achieve your end goal. This keeps you motivated and allows you to enjoy the journey.
If I opened up your fridge right now, what would I see?
Heaps of veggies. I went shopping yesterday, so we’re pretty well stocked for once. But if you dug around a bit, you’d also find some dark chocolate.
Have you used red light therapy? If so, what type of results did you experience?
No, I haven’t – sorry, can’t really answer this one.
You have a lot of cool in-home workout gear. What one toy/gadget is your favorite from 2016?
Actually, I don’t really have much fancy gear. My workouts mainly use weights, a pull-up bar and/or a gym ball. I’m not into toys and gadgets and I can’t think of anything new which came out last year that was useful in my training. The best addition I made to my gear collection was my 12kg kettlebell – I’ve been having some fun with that! ;-)
What 3 supplements can you not afford to live without?
There are no supplements I couldn’t live without. I sometimes have a pre-workout with BCAAs when I’m training fasted. Also, I occasionally take an iron supplement around my “time of the month” and sometimes I’ll have a protein bar or shake. But I could easily live without any of those because they truly are “supplements” to my diet, which is where I look to get all the nutrition I need.
You've seen a lot of transformation stories from people who follow your workouts. What 2-3 themes are consistent amongst your most successful students?
They let go of perfectionism and all-or-nothing-ness. People who hold on to those tend to only experience short-term wins. People who meet and maintain their goals don’t stress over being perfect. They see perfectionism as an obstacle that fuels excuses and gets in the way of making good progress. They focus on results, not whether or not every workout is the best it has ever been.
They take action. They don’t just set goals and create plans - they act on them. They do what they say they’re going to do. They understand it’s impossible to meet fitness or fat-loss goals if you don’t get up and do your workouts and/or make changes to what you eat.
They keep believing they can achieve their goals, even through setbacks and tough times. People who hit their fitness goals do so because they believe they can. They crush self-doubt and procrastination by exercising even when their brains try and convince them it’s not worth it. They believe the work they’re doing matters, and that it is and will continue to make a difference in their lives.
What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?
Hmm, I don’t know if I follow anyone closely. I’m influenced by so many people it’s really hard to pick just one or two. I’ve certainly read some books over the last year or so which have been influential to me. Start With Why by Simon Sinek, Maximum Willpower by Kelly McGonigal, Mindset by Carol S. Dwek and The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin to name a few. Of those authors, I follow Seth Godin most closely as I love his blog. He’s known as a marketing expert, but his writing is much deeper - it’s almost philosophy.
If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?
I would put a mini billboard above everyone’s head saying, “I’m doing this so you’ll like me." When you drill down to the motivations behind almost all human actions, you find that it’s a desire to be liked, accepted, and ultimately loved by our fellow humans that drives most of what we do. Even when our actions seem anything but lovable.
Thanks for submitting your questions for Julia! And thanks again to Julia Buckley for being a part of the Joovv AMA family! Don't forget to check out her blog when you get a chance. You'll love it. Trust us. :)