Making FItness a Lifestyle
Prior to founding Xcel Performance, Julie Helton worked for Indiana University as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Since her arrival to Bloomington in 2006, Julie has worked with a number of IU varsity programs, including: football, women’s tennis, women’s soccer, men and women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s rowing, and men and women’s track and field. In addition to designing and implementing strength, agility, conditioning, and flexibility workouts for these collegiate teams, Helton managed the strength and conditioning internship program and advocated in favor of nutrition education for the Indiana University athletic department. In 2008, Julie began to branch out into the realm of personal training by aiding many IU faculty and students toward their fitness goals.
Before arriving in Bloomington Julie worked as a graduate assistant overseeing the men and women’s cross country teams at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. She also assisted with design and implementation of workouts for all other sports, including women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men basketball, women’s basketball, soccer and tennis. While at Marquette, Julie managed the collegiate internship program and pursued a master’s degree in educational leadership.
The Memphis, Tenn., native earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Asbury College. She was a member of the women’s basketball team and sat on the intramural council. She also served as a student assistant strength coach for the Asbury men’s basketball team. As an undergraduate student, Julie interned with the University of Tennessee Lady Vols’ strength and conditioning program and served as a performance coach at both St. Mary’s Fitness and the High Intensity Training Centers. Julie holds the NSCA-CPT, CSCS, and USAW certifications.
Most recently, Julie completed the certification process for neurokinetic therapy level 1. Neurokinetic therapy allows Julie to identify which muscle patterns are inactive or compensating.
Julie was privileged to marry Jeremy Helton in August, 2010. They have one boy, Asher, born in 2016. Asher is fast, fearless, and fun spirited.