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Julia Bardrof

Julia, comes to United Front with 15 years’ experience in fitness and wellness. She’s worked with individuals of all levels and ages from children to seniors, beginners to professional athletes. Her uplifting spirit and passion for helping others feel better, shines through from the moment you walk in the door. If she’s not in the gym, you can usually find her riding her bike around this beautiful city, doing yoga, spending time with family, friends, and her sidekick Cooper.

“I moved to RVA in 2001 from my home state, Vermont, ready to start a new Chapter for myself. I transferred to VCU for Health Sciences and began my career in Personal Training. Over the course of the next several years I had the opportunity to work in small and large gyms, sports training centers, weight management programs, and hospitals. In 2009, with a clear vision, very little money and a lot of passion I opened FIT Richmond, a Personal Training and Group Training company, with the dream of helping people live healthier, happier lives, through holistic fitness and wellness practices.

In 2014 I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) a group of inherited connective tissue disorders. The diagnosis provided so many answers to my lifelong battle with pain. Although, there is no cure, it gave me the information and motivation needed to kick my self-healing into high gear. As well as the fire to prove the doctors wrong, regarding how much I “should” limit my life. When the diagnosis finally came, my pain had hit an all-time high. My arms were completely numb, I was on prescriptions for pain, sleep, depression, and the doctors wanted to do surgery again. That was the last straw. I was not going to let the symptoms of EDS take away any more of my life. In December 2015 I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Om On Yoga and began my healing journey. In September 2016, I completed my Basic Thai Bodywork course with Woven Body Healing Arts, which has continued to propel me forward into this amazing life of service that I feel so grateful to experience.

I firmly believe that we have the ability to heal ourselves and to transform into better versions of ourselves. I get to experience this magic everyday. I feel honored to be a part of the United Front family and look forward to helping you on your fitness and wellness journey.