Just Strong: 12 week program

I didn’t have any intention of running another strength program right away, but when I received emails like the following, I couldn’t resist:

Hi Julia-
I just wanted to let you know how much I loved the past 10 weeks of the Push, Press, Pull program!  I have to admit I was a little skeptical, at first, about working out 4-5 days a week, ( I’d been doing 3) and I was also worried if my elbows could take it, as they’ve been bothering me lately. Well after 2 or 3 weeks I adjusted and my elbows have been good!
My proudest accomplishment is that I now can do 4 pullupsI had been trying to get 1 for the last 5 years!  I’ve read every article about how to do a pullup, and even though I could do up to 7 chin ups, I couldn’t get 1 pullup.  It was very frustrating and I was beginning to think it was all in my head!  I can’t tell you how thrilled I am!

I’m also psyched that my bench went from 65-100 lbs!  Also, when we had to do abs, I did hanging leg raises-  in the past I could only do them with bent knees, but I tried them with my legs straight, and I can do them!!


And another:


This (Push, Press, Pull) is the best program I’ve ever done……I’ve improved on absolutely everything. I’ve found power I didn’t know was there and quite frankly I’m not sure what I will do the week after this program is done!! Thank you!


And a note in our Facebook group:

Yay! I did my first unassisted pullup today!  🙂  This course is amazing and Julia you are a genius! I’ve got so much out of it already – thank you!

When I first started the programme I couldn’t even do one decent push up, I’d never benched anything before and I’d never managed a pullup or chin up – even though I’d tried pullups/chins countless times. In the past I’d tried doing reverse pullups for a while, because I’d read somewhere that it helps you with doing a regular pullup – but it never worked for me. (As a background – over the last few years I’ve been working out at home with kettlebells, and doing lots of swings, presses and squats).

On week 1 of the course I tried doing a pushup and it wasn’t happening, so I had to do the pushups on my knees. I managed to do 7 pushups on my knees and that was it. At the time it was tough and that was how I did them for a few weeks.

On week 5 I thought I would have a go at doing real pushups and see if I could just do 1 – I totally surprised myself because managed to do 11 in a row – I was over the moon! The following week I did 20 in a row!! I really used to dislike doing pushups but now I quite enjoy it! I can’t remember which week it was when we had chinups but I tried one of those unassisted and managed it – I just thought wow and felt like a badass!

I can’t believe how strong I’ve become in a few weeks. Oh and I love looking at my arms and shoulders now. Sorry for the long post but I’m so happy with what I’ve achieved. I love this programme and I’m getting so much out of it!


While I will argue about my own program being “the best program” (I don’t believe there is really a “best” program out there), I’ll certainly take the “genius” comment. 🙂  All kidding aside, these folks went from literally not being able to do 1 pull up or even a pushup to killing it by the end.  As the weeks were winding down, they just kept saying, “I wanna get stronger! I want to do another program!”


So, here we go.  I decided to name the program “Just Strong” because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say, “You’re strong for a girl!”  Well, I’d beg to differ…. I think I’m just strong, gender aside.

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This program, like the other, will be given each week at a time. It is not customized to the individual, but that does allow me to keep it cost effective for you.  We have a private group to post workouts, ask questions and with this Just Strong program, I will do video critiques of your big lifts… in fact, I am almost requiring it!!  Part of getting strong is making sure you are technically sound. We can add many pounds to a lift just by seeing your technique.

The program will begin January 4th.  From now until December 27th, it will be $99.  After that, it goes up to $149. Click the buy now link below, make sure your email is correct and I will email you further details on joining the group.

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