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Conquer The Day

May 11, 2021

What if you actually followed those tugs on your heart? What if you pivoted and dug deep when you were faced with a challenge? What if you made the move, tried something new, or set healthy boundaries? Today’s guest shares how she has done all of the above! Our hosts Brian and Lindsey are excited to welcome friend and Certified Personal Trainer, Julia Deignan! Julia shares how she fell in love with fitness for the first time working with Lindsey during grad school, moving to New York City to pursue her career as a personal trainer, discovering her love for powerlifting, and adjusting due to the pandemic. It’s all about consistent work, and following the “breadcrumbs” of what you feel called to create for yourself along your journey!


03:15 What is your definition of strength?

06:30 How did you get into fitness and lose 40lbs while completing your Master's Degree?

08:40 What were the biggest lessons you learned in discovering your love of fitness?

010:15 What was the duration of time that you lost 40 lbs?

11:00 Do you feel like your discipline with health and fitness helped or hindered you in grad school?

14:00 How did fitness help you move forward when you wanted to quit?

19:15 What did it feel like gaining confidence in having lost weight, and still picking yourself apart?

21:00 What was your “dip” and how did you come out of it?

23:20 How important is your environment to the goals you want to achieve?

25:40 What had to change in your mindset and life in order to set boundaries?

27:30 How did you set boundaries with friends around your health goals?

30:00 How do you know a boundary needs to be set?

35:15 What inspired you to bet on yourself as a coach and move to NYC?

40:00 What was it like interviewing for personal trainer positions in NYC?

42:00 How did you navigate challenges in your career after moving to the city?

43:40 What was the shift that got you into strength training?

47:00 What was it like being challenged to deadlift 200 lbs and surpassing it?

49:15 What were your top numbers you were able to hit training for a powerlifting competition?

51:00 How did you adjust as the pandemic hit and gyms closed in New York?

53:50 What did you do to channel the energy and emotions you felt back in NYC?

59:00 What advice would you give someone who is wanting to get started on a health and fitness journey?

01:00:00 What is a book that has changed your life?

01:00:40 What is the 1 habit you wish every client had?

01:01:50 What is your idea of the perfect day?

01:03:15 What is required for you to conquer your day?


Connect with Julia Deignan

Instagram | @julesdeignan

Facebook | @julesdeignan


Check out this book mentioned in the episode

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz




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Connect with Lindsey Rago

Instagram | @raygobomb

Facebook | @lindseyrago


Connect with Brian Pickowicz 

Instagram | @brianpickowicz

Facebook | @brianpickowicz 


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