Julie Kreikemeier had exercised on occasion at theUNL Campus Recreation Center, but her workouts just weren’t working out.

That was before she saw a Groupon to enroll in classes at Fit4Lincoln. She turned to a workout friend and said: “Let’s do this!’”

She looked at the six-week trial offer as an opportunity to see if the Fit Body Boot Camp classes at Fit4Lincoln would be an answer to her quest to get in shape. She hit the gym 4-to-5 times a week. The results began to show, and she could feel her performance improve.

When the six-week trial period ended, she didn’t hesitate about extending her membership. Eight months after the first workout, she’s now 30 pounds lighter and well on her way to fulfilling her promise.

“I told myself, ‘I’m going to get fit for me.’ It’s nice to be able to fit into smaller jeans, but the real satisfaction is the improvement I’m making in the number of exercise repetitions.”

The 23-year-old UNL graduate student from Dodge, Nebraska, has ramped up her workout schedule, doing back-to-back, 30-minute classes at 5:30 and 6:05 a.m., 3-to-4 days a week at the center, located north of 33rd and A streets.

“I never thought fitness would be fun,” says Julie, an agricultural education major with an emphasis in leadership. “I needed some structure in my exercise program, and I knew going in that this would either kick my butt or I’d love it.”

The end result has been the latter.

“The trainers are great, and the atmosphere is very welcoming, like it’s one big, happy family.”

Julie is on schedule to earn her master’s in May of this year. Her goal is to be an Extension educator … and to continue her healthy lifestyle, of course, thanks to Fit4Lincoln.