JulieAnn Kulla Fitness Model Interview and Photos
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
- Height: 5'2
- Weight: 105
Color: Dark Brown
- Bust: 34
- Hips: 33
- Location: Rosemount, Minnesota
- Website: www.julieannkulla.com
JulieAnn Kulla - Fitness Model Photos
Kulla - Fitness Model Background
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
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.
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
Kulla - Fitness Model Questions & Answers
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
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.
I dont 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.
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.
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.
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!
Im 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.
Almonds, walnuts, flax oil and natural peanut butter
free milk or soy milk, Fat free cheese & cottage cheese.
Im about 35 pounds over
weight. I have never started an exercise program and really dont 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.
I tend to eat out most of the
time and really dont 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 oz chicken, salad with 1 tbsp udo's oil.
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.
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
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
What are your top 5 tips for
gaining lean muscle mass?
1. Eat a ratio of complex carbs with protein and
2. You have to lift heavy to build quality muscle
plenty of sleep
4. Drink protein shakes to make sure you get in enough
5. Take L-glutamine
What are the top 5 tips you
recommend for staying motivated on a fitness plan and truly making a healthy lifestyle
1. Once you eat clean you will never go back.
I enjoy eating plain healthy foods with no sugars or creamers.
down your goals and how you will achieve them
3. Go for it, YOU ONLY
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.
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
Incline chest press, flat bench chest press, flyes, and seated chest
Barbell curls, standing dumb bell curls, hammers and 21's.
Wednesday: Back and calves
all exercises are 4 sets of 15,12,10,8
Bent rows, Lat Pull downs, narrow pull downs, seated rows. Total of
Thursday: Rest or cardio
Bike for 30 minutes and
Treadmill run/walk for 30 minutes. Total of 60 minutes.
Shoulders and triceps
I do 12 sets for both shoulders and tris.
press behind the head, seated military press, lateral raises, and rear delts.
Tricep push downs, skull crushers, dips, and push backs
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
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
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.
Make sure you do enough reps to feel the burn.
4. Cardio, Cardio, Cardio
5. Plank holds are great for the stomach and core.
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
add great definition to legs
3. Do moderate weight and high reps 20-25
4. Riding the bike is a great way to burn fat out of the legs
5. And many lunges to shape the glutes