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.
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