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Art & Life with Julia Larish

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Larish.

Julia, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was always an athlete growing up, so fitness has always been a part of my life. It wasn’t until I was playing college volleyball that I realized I could have maximized my potential as an athlete if I would’ve trained harder off the court and taken my nutrition more seriously. I never had anyone educating me on those things when I was younger, so my mission started with a focus on educating young athletes on the importance of strength and conditioning and nutrition to enhance their performance within their sport.

As I have evolved as a coach, I realize that educating the family as a whole is the best way to make a difference. My husband and I opened Dead Red Conditioning with the vision of having a place for the whole family to be a part of a community of support and education when it comes to their health and sports performance.

Since we opened, we have expanded our own family. I have gone through 4 pregnancies and deliveries and have seen the positive impact a healthy diet, and exercise routine was throughout this stage of my life. There are also many things to be aware of while training during this time, and it has led me to share my passion for exercise and nutrition to women in the pregnancy and postpartum period of their life.

Can you give our readers some background on your work? How do you differ from other fitness professionals?
I believe that we, as humans, constantly underestimate what we are capable of. Women, especially, have been reinforced too often to be more self-deprecating to avoid the label of “cocky.” My goal is to create an environment where people come together to conquer fears, take on difficult workouts, and find success in that every day. This, over time, leads to confidence and empowerment.

I create workouts and nutrition plans that push people outside of their comfort zone but provide the appropriate progressions to improve a little every day. I want people to feel like they are constantly learning and improving when they are working out with us. I carefully think through our programming, make an effort to provide multiple scaling options to meet people where they currently are, while still pushing them hard enough to get better every day.

My passion is helping people achieve their goals in health and fitness at whatever stage of life they are in. It brings me great joy to watch our community do things they have never done or never thought they could possibly do. I believe it is an art to know how to tap into different individuals and figure out how to get the most out of them. I make it my mission to do this with every person I work with.

How do you think about success and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I would define my personal success each day by whether or not I gave my best effort to make a positive impact on those around me. In a lot of ways, when other people find success in the things I’ve taught them, it’s a success for me as well. I have just learned that if I solely base my measure of personal success off of things I don’t have 100% control over, it tends to be a roller coaster of emotions. So now, I look at the things within my control to define my success.

I believe grit is a characteristic essential to success. Life is unpredictable. It is full of extreme joy and extreme pain and all emotions in between. In order to be successful, you have to have the ability to get knocked down in every way possible and just continue to keep getting up and giving each day the best you have. Grit means demonstrating courage and resilience while chasing excellence. It is necessary for success.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
To keep up with everything I have going on, you can catch me on Instagram @deadredkitchen, where I share recipes, products, and the everyday craziness of my life. Otherwise, the best place to catch me in person is at my gym, Dead Red Conditioning. Come on in and get a workout in, join one of our 6-week nutrition challenges or try out some of my recipes!

Contact Info:

  • Address: 8279 W. Lake Pleasant Pkwy
    Suite 101
    Peoria, AZ 85382
  • Website: www.teamdrc.com
  • Email: jlarish@teamdrc.com
  • Instagram: @deadredkitchen
  • Facebook: Dead Red Conditioning

Image Credit:
Meg and Me Photography
Megan Fisher

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