Julie Brucker passionately describes the purpose of her work:
"Fitness isn't just about looking good on the outside," she said. It's about feeling good on the inside, too.
Brucker, 50, is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor who owns Wellness and Workout and has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years.
As a trainer, she assesses her clients' fitness goals and teaches the right ways to achieve them. Then she holds her clients accountable.
"Just because you exercise does not mean you will get results," she said. "You have to do it the right way."
So Brucker, who has a bachelor's degree in health education and a master's degree in community and family health, travels to her clients' homes, churches or offices to work alongside them, teaching and monitoring for proper form. Using proper form means that clients see results and prevent injury, she said. It's tough for clients to make excuses when they know Brucker is coming.
"Sometimes, it's difficult to manage your time," she said. "I'm going to be there regardless of if (you) feel like working out."
And afterward, she said, the workout will have been worth it.
Said Brucker: "There's a plethora of studies that show how important exercise is for your health, both physical and mental."
For more information about Julie Brucker's business, call (813) 996-7186 or visit workoutwithjulie.com online.
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