Your body is your business.
It’s never okay for other people to judge, comment on, or touch your body. Your body is your own business, no one else’s. So, if you’re uncomfortable with traditional gym settings and tired of the language that body shames us and sparks emotions of inadequacy and anxiety, TAPESTRY IS CHANGING ALL THAT.
I’ve created a safe, supportive fitness space that doesn’t judge–instead, it’s a blended community of unique identities, experiences,
and body types to bring about change, smash the status quo, and lift each other up along the way. I welcome you to join me in this journey.
WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY.
“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.” ~Amy Schumer
My name is Julie Shiller. I come from a family of educators and social justice advocates, and I have always felt a deep connection to working with and supporting communities in need. I remember going to rallies for racial and economic justice with my older sister in NYC when I was just a teenager. That was my first experience feeling fired up about a cause.
This desire to serve led me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Gender Studies and community work with Americorps, before pursuing my Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW). I initially became a certified personal trainer in 2013, two years after graduating with my MSW from the University of Denver.
My self care involved eating nourishing food and at the time, boxing and CrossFit. I knew the professional work I was doing was important; however, I also knew that my healthy eating and movement practices saved me from depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and made me better both as a social worker and also as a person. I wanted to share this with others.
With the support of my loving wife, I spent the next year training and teaching at local gyms in Denver, and learning everything I could from mentors and books. My clients represented all backgrounds, body types, and fitness levels. However, the one thing all my clients had in common is that they do not feel 100 percent comfortable in traditional gym settings, and I provided a non-judgmental and professional approach to the industry.
I created Tapestry so we can alter the conversation around health and fitness to one of self and community empowerment. There is a need for a fitness space where people can go to learn and become better movers. No egos. No criticism. A space where people do not have to be concerned about being touched or their bodies being commented on during their workouts. A space where they can just show up, do something that makes them feel strong and capable, and go home. A space where we can honor each others’ diversity, experiences, and identities while reducing the stress in our lives, spending quality time with those we love, and doing the things that bring us joy.
My wife and I now live in Long Beach, California. I have short and sometimes pink hair. I love lifting heavy things and being strong because I am able to show up better for the people counting on me both personally and professionally. As a native east coaster, I really like pizza, and, I will not apologize for eating it, or call it a cheat meal. I also love strong coffee, all vegetables and my yellow lab, Sam. Life is about balance after all. We are here to enjoy the journey, AND, also feel good along the way.
You might say that I do this whole coaching thing a little differently.
Each of us has a unique story—our own experiences with mental and physical health, and how we feel when we go to the gym. That story adds richness to the tapestry. Your perspective deserves to be heard without judgment. I can’t wait to meet you and hear all about it.
Welcome to Tapestry—Mind. Body. Lifestyle.
Don’t just listen to me. Read and hear what people have to say:
Take the first step by sending me a message. I’ll listen to your needs, answer your questions, and help you choose the best strategy.