Julie Lohre captures the NPC Northern Kentucky Figure Championship just five months after giving birth to her son
I’ve been physically fit all of my life. At three years old I started gymnastics and was a competitive gymnast well into my teens. I was even fortunate enough at a young age to be invited to tryout for the Junior National Team. While a national title was not in my future, the discipline, strength, flexibility, and muscularity that come from many years in the gym has stayed with me. In college, I taught gymnastics and competitive All Star Cheerleading. Lucky for me, I was able to workout with my athletes while I was instructing them. Keeping active at work and a good metabolism were the only things that saved my body through college as my eating habits became atrocious. My nutrition program became a series of value meals at the closest fast food drive thru as I rushed between school and work.
After graduation, I began a career at Procter & Gamble and no longer had the luxury of conditioning and stretching with my athletes. My husband, Rick and I tried to be active and even joined a gym. While I had little experience with weight lifting, Rick had built quite a bit of knowledge as a football player and showed me the ropes. We would workout seriously for about a month, just until things got complicated, at which point my workouts would taper from 4 days a week to 2 days a week until one day I realized that I had a gym membership that I had not used in two months!