GGS Spotlight: Jamie Murphy


jamiemurphy-350x375Name: Jamie Murphy
Age: 33
Location: Elkridge, Maryland

What does being a GGS mean to you?
Being a girl gone strong is an amazing opportunity to inspire, bond with, and motivate other women just like me. It means cheering on and supporting other women who share my passion. I get to listen to other women share their struggles and stories of inspiration, words of motivation, achievements-and I relate to them! I am honored  to be a girl gone strong.

How long have you been training?
Five years

Favorite lift:

Most memorable PR:
My first unassisted pull-up.

jamiemurphy3-350x375Top 5 songs on your training playlist:

Beggin' by Madcon
Clean Living by RJD2
Anything by Jay-Z
Alright by John Legend
...and Get Low is my official squat song!

Most hilarious pick-up line you've heard at the gym:
This is why headphones are essential...

Favorite post-workout meal:
These days I am loving a strawberry mango protein shake with almond milk.

Favorite way to treat yourself:

jamiemurphy5-450x340Favorite quote:
"Good things fall apart so better things can fall together." — Marilyn Monroe

Favorite book:
Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

What inspires and motivates you?
My two boys are always my number one driving force, but these days I am definitely motivated by seeing where I started on this journey and how far I have come. I can finally see my potential so I continue to reach for the stars.

What's the coolest side effect you have seen from lifting heavy?
I must say...

I never saw myself as a role model for other women, and it is an amazing feeling when woman look at me and say that I inspire them to to train harder.

jamiemurphy6-350x375Next training goal?
I am always looking to set new PR's with my heavy lifts, but my current main focus is mastering a forearm stand (pincha mayurasana).

Three words that best describe you:
Determined, hopeful, and brave.

What do you want to say to other women who might be nervous to start lifting heavy?
I feel that lifting heavy has transformed me in every way-physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I have found new confidence, created and achieved goals I thought were impossible and balanced my nutrition. Most importantly, I have become a role model for my children and other women in my community.

The fear of trying something new is so small in comparison to what you will gain as a girl gone strong.

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