Julie Miller

Pro Competitor Profile

Name: Julie Miller
Height: 5'7''
Location: Branchport, New York
Nickname: Jules
Job: I work for an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Soil Conservationist.
Interests: I enjoy running, reading, and cooking. I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years so I like finding new recipes and converting traditional, meat recipes to vegetarian friendly meals. I also love Ford Mustangs. I have a 1969 Coupe, the perpetual work in progress. Slowly but surely, it will be fully rebuilt and back on the road.  

How long have you competed in lumberjack sports? 
20 years if you count college, 17 on a professional level. 

How did you get involved in lumberjack sports?
I started in 1999 at a collegiate level at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. I had played sports in high school and then attended a primarily academically-focused college. I was at a loss with what to do with my time that wasn’t spent studying. My brother who attended another college in the Northeast recommended I check out SUNY ESF’s Woodsmen Team. I did just that and was able to make it onto the women’s team my freshmen year. I stayed with the team and the sport through my whole time at college. In the early summer of 2002, now famed STIHL Timbersports Announcer, Kevin Holtz, showed up at the college practice field with membership forms for the New York State Lumberjack Association. He gave a convincing argument to try the professional events and it spiraled out of control from there.  

How do you train for STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®?
My training is a year-round ordeal with planned workouts based on whether it’s on or off season. I juggle the life of a mom, wife, employee, and professional athlete. There’s a dynamic ebb and flow of life. Somedays it comes down to strategic time management and planning to be able to wear all those hats and meet the training goals for the day. The short story is I run, weight lift, and discipline/event train. I started practicing yoga recently, too. For what I put into training, I also make sure that I take care of my body with rest and recovery. Massage work, acupuncture, and chiropractic care are also integral parts of my training regimen.  

What’s your best/strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® discipline? 
Chopping is my go-to event. 

What advice would you give to young female athletes interested in competing in the sport?
Go watch the Serena Williams commercial. Don’t be afraid to ask someone who has been around the block a few times. Remember all women who have gotten us to this point.