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JulieAnn Kulla Fitness Model Interview and Photos

JulieAnn is a fitness model, spokesperson, magazine print model and bikini model. In October of 2005 she placed second at her first Figure show, "The Northern States Natural". In November 2005, she placed third at the "North Star". JulieAnn leads a very active lifestyle and considers the gym her second home. With all her hard work, she hopes to qualify for nationals this year at the Minnesota Female Bodybuilder and Figure Competition and get a great start to fitness modeling. As for now, JulieAnn enjoys the off-season and kicking butt to bring an even better physique to 2006! Look for her in Oxygen Magazine in the next couple of months in the "Future of Fitness" section.

JulieAnn Kulla - Fitness Model Statistics

  • Name: JulieAnn Kulla
  • Height: 5'2
  • Weight: 105
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Bust: 34
  • Waist: 24
  • Hips: 33
  • Location: Rosemount, Minnesota
  • Website:

JulieAnn Kulla - Fitness Model Photos


JulieAnn Kulla - Fitness Model Background

fitness-advice How did you get started in the fitness modeling field?

Growing up, I was a competitive gymnast and trained hours and hours a week. At such a young age all I remember was school, family, homework and gymnastics. After quitting gymnastics, I spent a couple of years doing nothing and one day looked in the mirror and saw the effects of limited activity. I then met my husband who was an avid bodybuilder and started training with him. We then began traveling to pro shows and are since addicted to the fitness lifestyle. After competing in several Figure shows and doing some photo shoots, I started to send my photos to many local and national fitness/supplement companies and magazines. I was overwhelmed with the positive responses and at that point I knew I had a different look that may be what the fitness industry is looking for.

fitness-advice What is the #1 thing you like best about being into fitness?

Fitness gives me a sense of well-being. This is my passion and I go to bed each night knowing I'm giving my body the best nutrients it can consume and the best exercise routines. I feel completed with fitness and being physically fit.

fitness-advice What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?

My biggest accomplishment has been dieting for my first two Figure show. During this process I truly found another side to myself. You push yourself to the limits during training and stick to a strict diet and you look back to say "WOW" I did all this. When it comes time to step on stage, you have a great amount of adrenaline running through your body and the proudest look on your face when your doing quarter turns. I highly recommend it.

JulieAnn Kulla - Fitness Model Questions & Answers

fitness-advice What is the best way to get started in the fitness modeling industry? Should I just contact the photographers directly or should I use an agency?

I would highly recommend finding a great photographer that has a unique flair to their photos. Book a photo shoot and have a great time. Use these photos to promote yourself, wither it be a website, business cards, model promotion cards and most importantly 8x10's to send to fitness/supplement companies and your favorite magazines.

In many cases I have contacted the photographers directly and have had great luck. They are very willing to help you out. This could be setting up a photo shoot or even promoting your fitness model profile on their website. If you are getting no luck, then I would suggest an agency.

fitness-advice Please describe a typical day for you. What is your daily routine like?

I usually wake up at 6am and do 30-45 mins of cardio on an empty stomach. If I'm low on energy, I will take a cup of coffee with me and ride the bike. I will then eat my first meal of the day and get ready for work. After a long day of my full time Graphic Design job, I come home cook dinner, play with my puppies and then head to the gym with my husband. We are usually there for 2 hours and then head home for a post workout meal. This usually wraps up our day. We head to bed and do it all over again. Dedication and determination is why I get up the next day and do it all over again.

fitness-advice I don’t have that much time during the day to workout, so I really want to burn major calories in a short amount of time. What is the #1 “bang for the buck” cardio exercise I should do to burn serious calories?

If you don't have much time, I recommend doing 30-45 mins of walking/running on an incline treadmill. If you have a stairmaster available, this work wonders also. If I want to get in a great workout I also add plyometrics. This is jumping movements such as tuck jumps or jumping lunges. I consider this cardio because it really gets your heart rate going.

fitness-advice How much weight (pounds) should I focus on losing every week? What is a safe amount to make sure I keep it off?

I would only focus on a safe 1-2 pounds a week. The faster you lose it the faster you're going to gain it back. A slow weight loss will also prevent stretch marks.

fitness-advice What type of food or supplements should I take before and after my workouts to help me see results in gaining lean muscle and losing fat?

Before a workout, I recommend a protein, such as turkey along with a carbohydrate, such as old fashioned oatmeal. This will give you great energy and will fuel your muscles during your workout. After, I would recommend a fruit, such as an apple to replace glucose levels and a protein, such as a protein shake.

A great supplement I take before and after my workouts is L-Glutamine. This is a amino acid that will maintain optimal performance and can minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue and improve protein metabolism.

fitness-advice How do you deal with cravings for junk foods, sweets and salty food? I can stay on a diet for maybe a few weeks but I eventually get really bad cravings and binge on snacks and fast foods.

If I'm craving sweets such as chocolate, I will have a chocolate protein shake, sugar free hot chocolate, sugar free pudding or a chocolate protein bar. If I want salty food, I will usually snack on a couple of "Buttered Popcorn" Rice cakes. These only have 35 calories, sodium 45mg and only 8 carbohydrates per cake. Love em!

fitness-advice I’m trying to create a healthy shopping list to stick with. What are some of the main foods I should include to maintain a lean and muscular physique?

Vegetables: Salad, cucumbers, red/green peppers, celery, broccoli, green beans.

Fruits: Apples, berries, bananas, and grapefruit.

Meats: Lean ground turkey, lean hamburger, lots of chicken breasts, and soy burgers.

Carbohydrates: Old fashioned oatmeal, cream of wheat, brown rice and rice cakes.

Good Fats: Almonds, walnuts, flax oil and natural peanut butter

Dairy: Fat free milk or soy milk, Fat free cheese & cottage cheese.

fitness-advice I’m about 35 pounds over weight. I have never started an exercise program and really don’t know where to start. What tips can you give me to get started on the right track?

I would really recommend meeting with a personal trainer to get started. If this is not possible, I would start walking four days a week for 30-45 minutes. Also, by changing your diet to healthier unprocessed foods, you will see results.

fitness-advice I tend to eat out most of the time and really don’t know what healthy foods to order from the menu. What tips do you recommend for eating out at restaurants to make sure my diet will not suffer?

When eating out, I always get a salad with grilled chicken and fat free dressing on the side. A great meal would also be grilled salmon with rice and broccoli. Stay away from heavy cream sauces, fried foods, pastas and desserts. Follow these tips and eating out will not be so painful.

fitness-advice What exercises do you recommend for getting a bigger, rounder and fuller butt?

For a rounder butt, I recommend squats and lunges. These work wonders. When performing these exercises use a moderate weight and push through your heels. This will help use more of the glutes and will develop that great butt.

fitness-advice What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?

My biggest challenge is when holidays roll around or when friends want to go out for dinner. Holidays challenge us with so many treats, but you will eventually learn to resist them. Once your resist them you are so proud that you passed these fattening food up.

fitness-advice Please describe your normal diet. What do you eat in a typical day to stay in shape?

Breakfast: 1/2 c. old fashioned oatmeal, 1 protein shake

Mid-Morning Snack: 3 rice cakes, 1tbsp natural peanut butter and chicken breast

Lunch: 1 cod fillet, 1/2 c. brown rice, 1c broccoli or green beans

Mid-Afternoon Snack: 1 protein shake, small apple, 14 almonds, salad or 1 c. broccoli.

Dinner: 4 oz chicken, salad with 1 tbsp udo's oil.

fitness-advice What type of exercises do you include in your routine to stay in shape?

Strength Training Exercises: Bicep curls, hammer curls, tricep extensions, skullcrushers, lateral raises, military presses, upright rows, deadlifts, leg extensions, calf raises, lat pull downs, pull ups, bent rows, seated rows.

Cardio Exercises: running on treadmill, stairmaster, elliptical, and riding the bike. Offseason I do cardio 4 times a week for 30- 45 minutes. On season I do cardio every day for 45-1.5 hours.

Additional Training: Plyometrics twice a week.

fitness-advice What are the top 5 tips (specific exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for developing toned and defined arms?

1. Incorporate many pushups into your workout

2. Don't be afraid to use heavy weight. Do this for a couple of weeks and then switch to high reps and low weights to burn the fat out of the muscle.

3. Pull ups are great for arms and also work the back

4. Eat a clean diet to shed the unwanted fat

5. Incorporate many dips into your workout

fitness-advice What are your top 5 tips for losing unwanted body fat?

1. Eat clean and stay away from processed foods!

2. Eat every 2-2.5 hours, this will help keep your metabolism going

3. Do lots of cardio along with weight training, you need both to lose fat.

4. Drink lots of water…2-4 liters a day

5. Stay away from sugars or alcoholic drinks

fitness-advice What are your top 5 tips for gaining lean muscle mass?

1. Eat a ratio of complex carbs with protein and fats.

2. You have to lift heavy to build quality muscle

3. Get plenty of sleep

4. Drink protein shakes to make sure you get in enough protein

5. Take L-glutamine

fitness-advice What are the top 5 tips you recommend for staying motivated on a fitness plan and truly making a healthy lifestyle change:

1. Once you eat clean you will never go back. I enjoy eating plain healthy foods with no sugars or creamers.

2. Write down your goals and how you will achieve them

3. Go for it, YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE

4. Make the necessary food and exercise changes and I guarantee you will feel better mentally and physically.

5. Always focus on the outcome rather than how hard it is at this moment.

fitness-advice What is your training routine like? (Please include a few details - training split, sets/reps, exercises, types of cardio, etc.)

Monday: Cardio. plyometrics and abs…. Bike for 45 minutes.
Abs: hanging raises- 4 sets of 15 reps. Oblique crunches: 4 sets of 25 reps. Ball crunches: 4 sets of 25 reps. Plank holds: 2 sets, hold for 1 minute each.

Tuesday: Chest and biceps… I do 12 sets for both.
Incline chest press, flat bench chest press, flyes, and seated chest press.
Barbell curls, standing dumb bell curls, hammers and 21's.

Wednesday: Back and calves… all exercises are 4 sets of 15,12,10,8 reps.
Bent rows, Lat Pull downs, narrow pull downs, seated rows. Total of 16 sets.

Thursday: Rest or cardio… Bike for 30 minutes and Treadmill run/walk for 30 minutes. Total of 60 minutes.

Friday: Shoulders and triceps … I do 12 sets for both shoulders and tris.
Military press behind the head, seated military press, lateral raises, and rear delts.
Tricep push downs, skull crushers, dips, and push backs

Saturday: Legs, plyometrics and calves
Smith machine squats, leg extensions, lying leg curls, dead lifts, lunges, calve raises.
Tuck jumps- 4 sets of 15, Jumping lunges- 4 set of 15.

Sunday: Cardio and abs…. Bike for 45 minutes.
Abs: hanging raises- 4 sets of 15 reps. Oblique crunches: 4 sets of 25 reps. Ball crunches: 4 sets of 25 reps. Plank holds: 2 sets, hold for 1 minute each.

fitness-advice What are the top 5 tips (specific exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for losing fat around the stomach and developing a toned and defined midsection?

1. You have to have this combination to see abs: a clean diet, AB exercises and cardio.

2. Limit the carbs.

3. Make sure you do enough reps to feel the burn.

4. Cardio, Cardio, Cardio

5. Plank holds are great for the stomach and core.

fitness-advice What are the top 5 tips (specific exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for toning the thighs, hips and butt?

1. Stay away from sweets

2. Plyometrics add great definition to legs

3. Do moderate weight and high reps 20-25 for toning

4. Riding the bike is a great way to burn fat out of the legs

5. And many lunges to shape the glutes





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