Julia Howard is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and Run Coach at JKConditioning.

A former National Team member and varsity athlete, Julia’s approach to nutrition comes from her desire to fuel for high performance and digestive health.

Julia received her Masters of Public Health from Simon Fraser University and holds a diploma in nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She also completed a certification in Sports & Exercise Nutrition through Precision Nutrition.

In 2018, she became a Distance Coach through the VDotO2 Distance Coach program designed by physiologist and coach, Dr. Jack Daniels.

Athletic Background

Julia’s athletic background spans two decades of competitive running from 400 metres up to half marathon.

She represented Canada at the 2001 Junior Pan Am Games2004 North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships (U23), and the 2005, 2007, & 2009 World Student Games.

She finished 4th in the 800 metres at the Canadian Olympic Trials in 2004 and 2008 and 5th in the 1500 metres in 2012. In 2019, she was inducted into the Simon Fraser University Athletic Hall of Fame for her achievements as a varsity athlete.

Personal best times:

  • 400m – 56.44 (NL Senior Provincial Record)
  • 800m – 2:01.98 (NL Senior Provincial Record)
  • 1000m – 2:43.89
  • 1500m – 4:10.61
  • Mile – 4:38.22
  • 5k (road) – 17:12
  • 10 K (road) – 36:19
  • 10 mile (road) – 58:30
  • Half marathon – 76:09

I had been struggling with work-life balance resulting in not exercising or playing hockey as much as I had been doing in the past. In addition to being out of shape, I was starting to experience some back/shoulder issues and realized I needed to make some changes. Around this time, a friend (who was also a client) recommended JKC and that’s when I started!

You really feel part of a community where everyone is welcoming and supportive. You get a program that is designed specifically to achieve your goals, with the ongoing coaching, progress tracking and support required to achieve them. The JKC team are very knowledgeable about fitness and conditioning, and very engaging with everyone to answer questions or discuss anything and everything training related. I also like the flexible scheduling and gym times that work for my schedule (I like early mornings and evenings).

I originally chose JKC to help me rehab following back surgery. JKC was the first gym where a trainer took the time to help me identify my goals and tailor my workouts to achieve them in a safe and doable manner. 🏋🏼 Jon & Thomas are both highly professional and knowledgeable. 👨🏼‍🎓 With their guidance and informative explanations 🗣 they have enabled me to reach my ever evolving goals. At JKC I’m guaranteed fun 😆, interesting 🙃 and diverse workouts, with Jon & Thomas forever supportive and encouraging. 👏🙌👍👊

I had signed up for other gyms in the past and never went or rarely went. Something always got in the way or I was just too tired and lacked motivation to go. This way I’ve made a commitment to Jon or Thomas and I try very hard to keep my sessions once I’ve booked in. JKC is different from other gyms that I’ve tried in the past because no one is there to be “seen”. We are all there to get a good workout in and go on with our lives. And it’s a small gym so you get to know everyone and it’s like a big family. When I joined JKC, I couldn’t do a chin up with an elastic band, but I’ve slowly worked up to 10 free hanging chin ups. That was big because I hate chin ups.

I saw an article in Men’s Journal that quoted Jon in about 2018 while traveling and was impressed that someone in St. John’s made that international magazine.  Jon spoke about an exercise called the Farmer’s Walk and I started working that into my routine at the YMCA. I tore that article out of the magazine and kept it, meaning to make contact, but got busy. Then I had lunch with an old friend Bruce Dyke. I hadn’t seen Bruce for a while and I remarked that he looked super healthy and fit. He told me about his, and his son Cas’, experience at JKC and then I remembered the Men’s Journal article! No coincidences!

The experience is unique on many levels – great people, camaraderie, passion, purpose, and dedication. Jon and Thomas are attentive, precise and understanding.  Their teaching has unlocked a new perspective for me with what our bodies are capable of. I still appreciate the YMCA, wonderful place, but I can’t imagine working out without Jon and Thomas now.

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