This month’s #FrayLife Follows features Julianna Rubino, creator of Barre to Table. Julianna is a local fitness instructor and blogger who is on a mission to help people live more fit, active and healthy lifestyles. She’s also a regular contributor here at #FrayLife!
Give us some background on who you are and how Barre to Table got started?
I’m Julianna Rubino and the creator of Barre to Table. I’m 27 years old, live in Baltimore and am a lover of all things fitness. I grew up playing sports and ran competitively for a Division I program in college. After graduating from UNC Wilmington with a Business Marketing degree, I pursued a career in sales, but continue to fulfill my passion for fitness with a growing list of side hustles. I’m a barre instructor at a studio in Baltimore (REV Cycle Studio), teach boot camp classes and am the Director of Electric Flight Crew Baltimore (an LA-based fitness + social club). When I’m not working (or working out), I love cooking and traveling. Barre to Table started as an Instagram account in 2015 where I shared my creativity in the kitchen making gluten-free meals. As my involvement in the local fitness community grew, I started to include more workouts and fitness related content and ultimately started my blog in 2017.
What kinds of content do you usually share on your blog and IG account?
My blog and IG are focused around living a clean and active lifestyle. Content includes fitness (anything from reviews of various studios to workouts and exercises), food (mostly healthy inspired meals, both at home as well as the restaurant scene), travel (must try restaurants, studios, and destinations in various cities) and lifestyle (products I love, workout gear I wear and basically anything else I want to share).
On my IG expect to see posts promoting events in the local fitness community and videos of exercises and workouts you can do at home or in the gym. I use stories to give my followers a look into my day-to-day, whether that’s checking out the local farmers market or an inside look into what I’m cooking up in the kitchen.
My blog captures full recipes, workouts, and reviews. So if you see something you like on IG, you can get the full scoop at barretotable.com.
Not counting your own classes, what are a couple of your favorite ways to workout and why?
It’s constantly changing, but as far as classes I love mixing it up. Since I teach at a cycle studio, I’ve been going to more and more spin classes. Talk about a kick-ass workout! I also like incorporating yoga/pilates style classes – Solidcore is always a good workout and I also like Yoga Sculpt (think yoga + boot camp) at Core Power.
Outside of classes, I love running (I mix it up from speed work to long runs and everything in between) and a good TRX workout.
What are your go-to healthy meals to cook on a busy night after work?
I’m one of those weird people who actually enjoys going to the grocery store and I go almost every night after work. I typically grab whatever fish and vegetables look the freshest that day. Most times salmon or tuna. My go-to sides are brown rice and roasted broccoli or asparagus (just toss with some EVOO and pink Himalayan salt and throw them in the oven – super easy).
Roasted cauliflower and chickpea tacos are another go-to weeknight meal (and crowd favorite).
What advice/tips can you give fellow young professionals also trying to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle while balancing a demanding career and side hustles?
It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day trying to balance living a healthy and active lifestyle while meeting the demands of a career and side hustle – my biggest piece of advice is to remember to prioritize yourself and schedule your workouts like meetings. You wouldn’t skip a meeting, so why should you skip your workout? Also, getting in a rhythm is key. Whether you work out 3 times a week or 5, find times that work for you and stick with them.
What is something completely random or unusual that most people don’t know about you?
Hm.. this question is surprisingly really hard. I think as a blogger I overshare via social media and my blog, so most things probably don’t come as a surprise to people.
What has you most excited about contributing for #FrayLife?
I love finding new bars, restaurants, fitness studios and events popping up across town. Contributing for #FrayLife allows me the opportunity to share my passion and excitement with the community. There are so many hidden gems around DC and I can’t wait to share them with you (and uncover them myself).
Want to check out Julianna’s awesome #FrayLife articles? Find them here.