My name is Julie England, I am 37 years old, I am a wife and a mother and I manage a residential group home for developmentally disabled adults in Squamish, BC. I have been weight training since I was about sixteen years old. I was always too shy for team sports, so lifting weights in the gym has always been my happy place.
In 2007 I stopped training all together. I was a happy person but I was also overweight, it was physically uncomfortable and I often felt tired. In 2014 (7 years later), I decided to get my fitness back and started regularly training in the gym. At that time I was the least fit person in the gym but I knew that if I gave myself an entire year of consistent exercise I would be ok. Six months into my fitness journey I hit a plateau so I started training with Jessica Lamarche at Club Flex Squamish and we decided to prep for my first bodybuilding competition as a fun way to get me back into fitness! I had so much fun at my first show and I completely fell in love with the lifestyle. The discipline and dedication that is required to train for a competition in both the on season and the off season is very rewarding and it has positively affected so many other aspects of my life.
Four years later and I am now a nationally qualified figure competitor getting ready for the Vancouver Pro/Am in July 2019 and I am more motivated than ever!