Check out this fantastic testimonial from Cindy, one of Julie’s rock star personal training clients!  Cindy has been working with Julie for the past three months and has noticed some drastic changes in her body.  She describes the challenges she faced while trying to exercise once she turned 50 and how Julie has helped her with those.  She speaks to the importance of lifting weights in a mindful manner and not just doing cardio to support her health.  She also talks about how the strength training she has done with Julie has helped her joints feel better and has improved her self-confidence.

“I had quit working out about two years ago because once I turned 50, it seemed that lifting weights was causing pain in my elbows and some of my other joints, so I would do a little bit of cardio and that was about it.  Then I met Julie and she said, ‘Let’s give this a try.’  I said, ‘Alright,’ and I was very doubtful.  But, I have been training with Julie now for about three or four months, once or twice a week, and I have had amazing results.

“Not only have I lost a little weight, which I wasn’t really trying to do–that’s a plus–but I don’t have any pain in any joints any longer when I workout.  Everything is real focused, and I like that.  I feel really good when I leave.  Sometimes I come in and I feel really stressed out or don’t really feel like working out.  After training with Julie for about 45 to 50 minutes, it’s like, ‘Wow!  I really feel really good!’.

“It has been amazing and I would totally recommend anyone that is having any kind of problems to at least give it a try because you’ll get hooked.  Trust me.  It has been really beneficial.  I have gained muscle tone back that I thought was never going to come back again.  That’s really good, especially once you get to be close to my age.  So not only do I feel good inside and am feeling more confident, but I am starting to feel like I look better now as well, and that is a big plus.”

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Julie Cates

Julie Cates is an experienced, certified, and insured National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer and mastery level Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) Rx Specialist (MATRx). She is one of 88 certified mastery level Resistance Training Specialists® (RTSm) in the world. This combination makes her style of training impactful and still preventative and restorative of joint and muscle issues and pain that are common with exercise. Julie specializes working with women 50 and over. Specifically, her main focus is working with women with bone density loss, muscle loss, Osteopenia, and Osteoporosis. Julie has incredible experience working with brand new exercisers. Very specific types and styles of exercises are needed for restoring and maintaining bone density, and Julie guides her clients through these in a pain-free way. She is also well experienced in helping women exercise even with various joint, bone, systemic, and neurological diagnoses. Julie is definitely your go-to personal trainer for women with Osteoporosis! Julie graduated cum laude from the University of Florida. She earned her degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology. Julie is the co-owner of Muscle Activation Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL. She is a wife and mother of two. Julie can be reached via e-mail at Follow her on Instagram at @julcates!