Our ((305)) fam is always growing, so we wanted to give you NYC junkies a chance to get to know the new gorg' faces you've seen around the studio. Meet the Butt-ress Juli, who is actually a rocket scientist when she's not getting your booty-poppin' in class, and Quiana, or Queen Q, who will have you feelin' yaself as you work up a sweat.
Check your inhibitions at the door. Juli Lawless -- for realz, "Lawless" is her birth name -- is the perfect instructor to coach you through a heart-pounding, ass-kicking workout. She is that rare breed of instructor who is warm-yet-tough, focused-yet-friendly, upbeat-yet-grounded.
Best career advice you were given?Being a young, female engineer in a massively male dominated profession, I have struggled a lot with respect and professionalism. I originally saw these traits as a weakness because people would not initially take me seriously, or they would make comments about my appearance or gender.
But the best advice I was given was: "Do not think of your uniqueness as a disadvantage, but rather make it your greatest advantage." And once I was able to embrace this mindset, I really thrived. Maybe they'll remember my name because I'm the only female in the room, or maybe I'll get to give the presentation because I'm nice to look at, but each of these is an opportunity for me to grow, kick ass, and show them what I'm made of.
If you were a cereal, you would be and why?Frosted Mini Wheats because I'm like 90% healthy lifestyle, but need a little rebellion to keep things delicious.
TV show you're currently obsessed with?Game of Thrones. Hands down.
If you could be a videogirl in any music video, which rapper would it be for?If I could be a video girl in Trey Songz- Oh Na Na video, I would die a happy girl. Talk about some strong, sexy women!!
Tell us about your first kiss.I never kiss and tell... Kidding. But it was awful, and I'd prefer not to relive it.
Your longest friendship ever?My longest friendship is with my friend, Lauren, who has the biggest, honest heart of anyone I have ever met. She is one year older than I am, so I have always looked up to her as my rock and voice of reason. We very rarely see each other now that we've grown up, but I know if I ever needed ANYTHING, she would be there on the phone or in person to take care of it.
What's one bad habit you're not looking to change in 2016?Wine.
The worst date you've been on? The best?I've been on some bad dates- bad breath, no chemistry, no personality, but nothing outrageously worth noting.
However, my first date with my man was pretty ideal. I was leaving town and he insisted, hardcore, on seeing me before I left, in fear he'd miss his shot. The best I could do was to squeeze in a quick lunch before I went to the airport. We had a delicious lunch, had some time for coffee and ice cream, and then he drove me to the airport, where we just made out in front of everyone!! It was like something out of a Rom-Com.
Learn more about Juli and sign up for a class with her here.
Girl crush much? Quiana -- pronounced key-ah-nah -- radiates beauty and power from the inside out. The moment this warrior goddess steps into the room, her presence is felt. Quiana’s fierce femininity and strong spirit will allow you to feel the joy of motion like you’re on stage with Beyoncé.
Best career advice you were given?Follow your heart, there is seriously no right or wrong answer to this game. Also, don't be intimidated by the fact that your mind wants to take you in different directions. Be the multi-talented millennial that you are.
If you were a cereal, you would be and why?If I were a cereal, I know I would be strawberry, frosted shredded MINI wheats. The key is MINI, lol! Me and those things got a lot going on and man, they're good.
TV show you're currently obsessed with?I am currently obsessed with the HBO Series, The Leftovers (which recently ended, boo hoo) about a crisis where several people all over the world disappear mysteriously. The conflict is insane and honestly, who just doesn't love Justin Theroux.
If you could be a videogirl in any music video, which rapper would it be for?I'd be Danielle Polanco in the Omarion "Tough" video! She's an amazing performer and that video set her career on fire!
Tell us about your first kiss.My first kiss was awkward and wasn't the other guy's first kiss, so also quite embarrassing.
Your longest friendship ever?My longest friendship is with my best friend Brianna from high school. She's my rock and emotional support. Brianna is strong yet gentle and kind in all the important ways. I'd like to think we are the yin and yang of this world, I don't know if I bring her stability but I know I carry enough free spirit for the both of us!
What's one bad habit you're not looking to change in 2016?My tendency to bring myself to the center of everything. Although life requires balance, if I don't think everything around me revolves around me, I wouldn't feel accountable and I wouldn't feel responsible or important. Plus, if I don't think I matter, who else will?
The worst date you've been on? The best?The worst date I've been on ended with me never talking to that individual again. My date decided to bring his ex girlfriend. And when I left, he didn't even come chasing after me.
The best date I've ever been on opened up my heart in a brand new way and my heart seriously continues to grow with him. Best date of all time because it's been the date that never ended and kept on giving!
Learn more about Quiana and sign up for a class with her here.