Julie Young, Sports Scientist and Cycling Coach

Julie Young

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Julie’s athletic background began as an all-league soccer player and alpine ski racer. After a knee injury, she made a hard pivot to pursue golf, eventually playing at UCLA, where she became an NCAA Academic All-American. After graduating, she discovered cycling and had the opportunity to race full-time for the U.S. national team and numerous American and European pro teams, including Saturn, Timex, and Fannini. Julie spent most of her cycling career racing in Europe, winning the most prestigious women’s stage race, Tour de L’Aude, and numerous stages and podiums in this and other stage races. During this experience, Julie had the opportunity to work with many of the sport’s most prominent coaches, physiologists, and biomechanists, and apply that knowledge in practice as an athlete.

After ending her cycling career, Julie started her coaching business and ran a physiology-biomechanics lab for a private practice sports medicine physician. During this time, she pivoted in her sporting life to compete in 50K trail runs, winning a national championship; Xterra triathlons, taking several wins; and cross-country ski racing for Rossignol.

She has recently been recruited by Kaiser Sports Medicine to develop and run a physiology-biomechanics lab at their Sacramento Kings NBA arena site. Julie completed her Master’s in sports science and human performance in early 2021 and is currently studying for a graduate degree in performance nutrition. Julie also continues to compete; she believes it’s the best way to relate to her athletes, by maintaining an intimate understanding of what it takes to physically and emotionally train and compete.

Her background as an athlete, combined with her education, provides a unique perspective: training cannot be completely subjective, nor can it be solely scientific; it must be a blend of art and science. Using this approach, Julie creates holistic, time-efficient and integrated training plans to help each client be their best athlete.


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Performance Gains from Year-Round Training

Coaching works best as a process of building performance, rather than a hot pursuit of an outcome. Coach Julie Young describes the performance gains a busy executive experienced at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. Breaking from his habit of cramming for the event with just six months of training, he committed to year-round coaching, incorporating strength and stability work and building the mental resilience that made him a better athlete.
Lessons From The Lab

Lessons from the Lab

When athletes show up at the lab to test lactate threshold or metabolic efficiency, they are often fixated on a goal or data point. Julie Young encourages coaches and athletes to take a broader view, and notice gaps that might exist in fitness. The lab simplifies the path forward, showing how the body is responding to training and taking us back to the basics.
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What It Takes to Succeed

To achieve a top performance an athlete must be both physically and mentally prepared. It's the mental piece that can be the toughest to coach. Joe Friel talks with Coach Julie Young about how she develops athletic potential and resilience over the course of training her athletes.
Fast Talk Labs Sports Nutrition Pathway

Sports Nutrition Pathway

Sports nutrition is one of the most personal and controversial subjects among athletes. Everyone has an opinion; often those claims lack scientific basis. With the help of world-renowned experts, including Dr. Asker Jeukendrup, Dr. Timothy Noakes, and Dr. John Hawley, we examine the nuances of fueling your body for performance and health.
Basic Data Pathway: Whoop data overview

Basic Performance Data Analysis Pathway

Analyzing your training is a critical aspect of improving fitness. With the help of Dr. Stephen Seiler, Colby Pearce, Julie Young, and many others, we explore how and why to monitor and analyze data, and explore different approaches to interpreting and managing your workout data.
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Can Ketones Help Fuel Endurance Performance?

Exogenous ketones reached “super fuel” status in 2016. Since then, research hasn’t been so positive. We explore the potential benefits of supplementation with ketone esters.
Cycling Coach Ryan Kohler Fast Talk Podcast

How to Optimize the Coach-Athlete Relationship

Every athlete of any ability level can benefit from the guidance of a good coach. We explore the coach-athlete relationship, and offer advice on how to reap the greatest rewards from working with a coach.