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Shooting the Breeze with Carrie Murphy

Murphy talks training, shooting bows and self-esteem
Murphy is a Pickens native, graduating from PHS in 2010. An athlete, she now has her own training facility catering specifically to women. She is married to her high school sweetheart - they met running track at PHS and married six years later. Carrie Murphy is a trainer specializing in women’s fitness. Her gym is located at 49 Bryant St. in Bryant Square. An athlete herself, Murphy believes in helping women achieve their fitness goals.

How did you get into personal training?


    I have always been into fitness and sports. I cheered and did gymnastics through middle school, high school, and cheered at Reinhardt University. I also ran track and cross-country throughout my high school career. I have always had an interest in personal training. I studied sports at Reinhardt  where I graduated in 2014. I got my first certification in personal training in 2013 and recently became certified in fitness nutrition in 2015.

What type of training do you encourage? Heavy on cardio, weights or a mix of both?


    I love to do a mixture of cardio and strength training. They both have excellent benefits and I find more results when you have a fitness regimen that includes both.

Why do you train only women in your business?


    I don’t limit myself to only train women, but any female no matter what age. I know and experience what all girls and women go through when it comes to self-image and self-esteem. I find that I can relate to women on a personal level because I am a female and know what challenges they face when it comes to health, fitness, and body image. I also wanted to give women and younger girls a place they can workout and not feel uncomfortable in front of other people or have any pressure that sometimes comes along with a typical gym. That’s why I am a private training studio. I want to have a personal relationship with my clients. I am here to help develop a healthy lifestyle and positive self-image.

It's not just about the training but also about the food we eat.  What's a typical day of eating like for you?


    You cannot out work a poor diet. Its 100%  diet and 100% fitness. That doesn’t mean being deprived of the good stuff. I love food, but by making healthy choices I can eat what I love and not sacrifice my health. Because I am allergic to wheat and dairy, my diet is stricter than some. For breakfast I still enjoy bacon and eggs, I just skip the bread. Lunch is something like BBQ grilled chicken with grilled squash. For dinner my favorite is a stir fry with shrimp, lots of veggies, and rice noodles. Throughout the day I have snacks like carrots, celery and peanut butter, or lactose-free yogurt, and let’s not forget lots of fruit infused water!

What are some of your guilty eating pleasures?


    My guilty food pleasures are coffee and gluten-free cookies. I can drink coffee anytime of the day or night and even in 80-degree weather.

Do you have any favorite stories from your work?


    My favorite work story is one of the reasons I decided to open my own training studio. One of my best friends asked me to help her get beach ready. She had her first child and wanted help getting her body back in shape. Three months after training together, she sent me before-and-after photos. She was super happy with the results she was seeing and it made me so happy I had tears. That’s when I realized that personal training was what I was meant to do.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?


    The biggest influence on my life is my grandmother. She has had three open-heart surgeries and is also a three time breast cancer survivor. That’s how I got my name, Think Pink Training. No matter what she has faced and gone through, she has never lost faith or given up. She is the strongest person I know and I know that I can do anything as long as I never give up! I want my gym to honor her and the other women who have had to fight this dreadful cancer. I also want to raise awareness about women’s health and help them obtain a healthy lifestyle.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you want with you?

    A self-filtering water bottle and my bow. I am much better with my bow than a gun so I feel like I would have a better chance of getting food. And yes, I love The Hunger Games, lol.