We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Diamond and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julie, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m originally from Maryland and studied textile marketing at University of Maryland. I was in the fashion industry in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles for many years after college but always had a passion for fitness and nutrition. When I was in my mid 20’s both my parents fell ill and I started delving into preventive health. That’s where my fitness career actually started. I changed careers with the intention of teaching people the value of preventative health and how incorporating exercise, clean eating and meditation can enhance their well being … mind, body and spirit! I saw the link between living a healthy lifestyle and living a longer more fulfilling life. I now have 11 certifications and love taking continuing education classes because there’s always something new to learn.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m a personal trainer, nutrition consultant and life coach. I have privately trained clients of all ages (ranging from 5-93 years old) and all fitness levels (from beginners to pro-athletes). Each client is different and I set up a customized workout program specifically designed to their needs. I’ve learned that NO two clients are the same and therefore you can’t have a one size fits all approach to fitness. I’m an identical twin and I train my twin differently than I train myself because our lives, needs and goals are vastly different. My “mission” is to encourage and assist clients to attain their fitness best. I provide guidance and educate my clients to maintain a healthy, fit and balanced lifestyle in this hectic world. Building any kind of business takes tenacity and hard work. Since Covid 19 hit I transferred much of my business virtually and I teach two 30 minute donation based ZOOM classes Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am PST. Most of my clients for the time being are via FaceTime and ZOOM!!! I’m proud of the fact that with encouragement and trust I was able to keep my clients on track physically, mentally and spiritually during these troubled times.

 In addition, I am a personal trainer and health coach for Mighty Health which is an app geared toward people over 50 who want to lose weight, improve heart health, and build strength with a personalized exercise, nutrition, and wellness coach. I think as a small business it’s always important to be flexible and adapt to changes.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love this question because I have had the opportunity to do this! I would start in the morning with a workout either at the studio I have taught in for 15 years BURN 60, a beach run or a hike … Solstice Canyon in Malibu and or Runyon Canyon in L.A. are two of my favorites. After we would grab a coffee at Primo Passo in Santa Monica and/or breakfast at Kreation on Montana Ave. My favorite place in the world is the beach so I would take them to Malibu. One day we would rent paddle boards and play on the beach. Another day go shopping…ok that might be two days of shopping ; ) I love wandering Montana Ave., Melrose Ave. and Beverly Hills is a must! Nighttime would be reserved for outdoor dining. Some of my favorite restaurants are Nobu Malibu, Mastros Ocean Club in Malibu, Ivy on the Shore & Locanda Portofino. We’d hit a concert or two at an outdoor venue like the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theater … SO FUN! In addition, The Whiskey and The Troubadour are always cool venues with great live performances. We would go to Abbot Kinney one afternoon for shopping and a late lunch or early dinner at Gjelina, Felix and/or The Tasting Kitchen. Being we have a whole week I would take a couple days and go either south to Laguna Beach or North to Santa Barbara. I love the relaxed vibe of both places.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to say I have had the pleasure of working with amazing clients and that’s where I learn the most! They challenge me to be the best I can be and continually grow in my field . They have taught me the meaning of blood, sweat and tears. There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone achieve their goals and overcome obstacles in order to live a healthier life. In addition, I have been the fitness expert for The Lynne Cohen Foundation which is a nonprofit organization preventing and fighting breast and ovarian cancer through personalized clinical care, education, and community. My mother lost her battle with ovarian cancer early in her life and this organization has allowed me an outlet and involvement to a cause that’s dear to me. My best friend Lori Bregman who I got to quarantine with this spring, who played an integral role in helping me launch my business online. And I have to give a shout out to my twin who has always been my biggest cheerleader!!!

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