Julianne Schmitt has tried all kinds of workouts over the last few years.

But the high-intensity, boot camp-style classes at Edge Body Boot Camp have stuck for the Omaha woman.

Five days a week, Schmitt leaves her kindergarten classroom and heads to the La Vista gym.

Once she’s there, the 30-year-old doesn’t have to worry about planning lessons or teaching pint-sized students.

“I’m in charge of just me,” Schmitt said.

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Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: I started going to the gym in college. I used to play volleyball, and I missed being active. I’ve done all types of workouts. I’ve been here (Edge Body Boot Camp) for exactly one year.

Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?

A: We do a strength portion and then a conditioning portion. I leave feeling legitimately tired, like I got a good workout in. I’m here five times a week.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: To lift heavy. Since I started here, I’ve been trying to improve my lifts.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: I can jump a 30-inch box. That was really exciting. I completed the Murph Challenge. Our next max days are coming up and I want to beat all of those. I’m always trying to improve.

Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?

A: Not going too fast and wanting to be able to put a bunch of weight on. It’s been kind of humbling. Sometimes I have to do lighter weight to get the right form first. That’s really frustrating to overcome.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: The people and coaches.

Q: What is your gym pet peeve?

A: When people use improper form. I know they’re going to hurt themselves.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?

A: I love to cook, and I play Ultimate Frisbee.

Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?

A: My lifting shoes. They’re my favorite thing I own.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

A: Find something you like and stick with it. Don’t be afraid to be bad at it. Once you get past that everyone starts somewhere, you’re going to be successful.

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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