At EnJoy Fitness, our success is defined by each and every one of the individuals we train. There is nothing that makes us happier than to see the development and growth of our clients as they reach the true potential of their minds and bodies. Joy Murphy, Founder of EnJoy Fitness, has stated many times over the years, “The best part of my job is found in the sharing of all my clients’ amazing journeys; watching them reach for, and then surpass their goals.” That’s a telling statement and something with which we can each identify. When we witness the happiness and excitement in each of these wonderful people through developing healthier lifestyles, we know why we come to work. We hope their stories inspire you to start something new today.
Lost 107 Lbs., 19% Body Fat 15% BMI, Total 18 inches in waist line
After reaching my heaviest in May 2010, I needed to lose weight because I was quickly heading towards a life of diabetes, high blood pressure and other health problems associated with obesity. Moreover, I couldn’t possibly teach my daughter healthy living if I wasn’t healthy myself. So, with the overwhelming support of my husband and family, I joined Lifestyle Family Fitness and hired Joy as a trainer and made a commitment to change our lifestyle.
Joy is a phenomenal personal trainer and without her knowledge and guidance, my goals would have been extremely difficult to achieve. In our training sessions, she continues to push me past what I’m comfortable with to what I’m capable of and she helps plan my workouts which usually consist of 5 days of cardio with 3 days of strength training. Additionally, I enjoy participating in the group fitness classes LesMills RPM, Yoga and LesMills BodyFlow a few times per week. Joy has also been a tremendous help by reviewing my food journal and offering healthier options and tips for maintaining a well balanced diet.
In October 2010, I ran my 1st 5K race with a time of 37:04 and two months later, I cut my time by almost 8 minutes finishing in 29:09! At this time last year, I would have been out of breath thinking about a 5K and now, I am looking forward to running with my husband in our first 15K, the Gate River Run. Between proper nutrition, daily exercise, and following the invaluable advice of my personal trainer, I have been able to lose over 100 pounds and make simple changes for a healthier lifestyle.
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Lost 40 Lbs., 9% Body Fat 7% BMI, Total 10 inches in waist line
In 2010 I decided that I had to make some changes to better my life. Number one on my list was getting stronger and more “fit” by heading to the gym. I made a commitment and hired Joy in January 2011. I then purchased a three-ring binder and labeled it “2011 – A Year of Change for ME”, which is always a good start. I stress the “ME”because I had tried many times to do this for other people and for other reasons, but I can testify beyond a shadow of a doubt, that doesn’t work. I then put my workouts on my schedule and have not wavered to the point where my friends and family know when I’m at the gym without even asking. There was another key item that I knew my success depended on…I had to learn to say “NO”. I said
“NO” to organizing events, hosting parties, helping people move, babysitting, waxing my car, desserts and almost all cheese (which is a miracle). I did this so I’d have time to exercise and prepare healthy meals. Along with this I also said “NO” to feeling guilty about saying “NO” and doing this only for ME. From that point on I have said “YES”to my trainer, yard work and hiking and do you know I found out that I like working out and I like feeling good. It really isn’t rocket science. When you get fit, you feel better and your life can be full of so much more!
I thank the Lord for giving me the courage and strength to change ME. Also, a most heartfelt thank you to my trainer, Joy.
You have the gift to make people able to reach their goals and you have been relentless and generous in your calling. You are wonderful and you’re going to be a wonderful Mom. So, speaking of Mom’s..my Mom, Penny, who enjoys the Silver Sneakers Programs here at Lifestyles, has always been my #1 cheerleader. Mom, you know I hope I grow up to be just like you.
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Lost 20 lbs, 4 inches in waist, 4.5% body fat
At first I was an obese couch-potato. Then I became a slightly-overweight runner. Later I ran my first half-marathon. After that race, I floundered. The best decision I ever made was to engage Joy as my personal strength coach. As a two-time Ironman athlete and an experienced trainer, Joy was a wealth of knowledge for me. While she kicked my butt in the gym, she answered all my many questions.
With her encouragement and oversight, I dropped from 135 to 115 pounds and saw toned muscles appear under my melting flab. She knew that I wanted to become a triathlete and that I was terrified in how to proceed. She was tireless in helping me find the perfect swim coach (I could barely swim one lap) and also helped me get my first road bike (I had never learned to ride a bike before).
She improved my running form. Most importantly, she helped me reach my lifetime goal of running a marathon. I had to make some financial cutbacks (including turning off cable tv!) to hire Joy as my trainer but I can honestly say that Joy was worth every penny.
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Teri Thrower completed Ironman Florida in 13:33
My name is Teri and I completed the 2012 Florida Ironman in November. When I first signed up for this adventure, I had no idea on how to train properly for this event. I looked online for training schedules, but came up short. Joy is a friend of mine so I decided to ask her for help.
She was eager to share her knowledge with me and help me achieve my goal. The training plan was tough, but easily doable. There were times that we had to change some of the workouts, but Joy was flexible. She was there to answer all my questions and even gave me some encouragement when I felt like I couldn’t continue.
The week of the race, I felt pretty calm. I knew in my heart that I did everything I could to be ready for this event. Race morning, as I was being body marked, is when the nerves set in, but once I hit the water, they seemed to melt away. During the entire race, I felt really good. I didn’t have any issues in the water, bike or the run. It honestly felt like another training ride on the bike, and I already did 115 miles in my training, so 112 wasn’t a big deal. During the run I took my time, and did the pace I did during my training. Crossing that finish line I felt strong, and overwhelmed by the accomplishment that I just put my mind and body through.
I don’t think I could have achieved this huge accomplishment without the knowledge and support from Joy.
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Lost 45 Lbs., 9% Body Fat 12% BMI, Total 11 inches in waist line
My journey toward becoming healthy began about 2 ½ years ago. It started with a decision to join a gym and begin to put me and my health first. This was by no means an easy decision as I work full time, am a wife as well as a mother of two young children. But I was not alone on this journey as I had the support of my family and Joy Murphy from EnJoy Fitness as my trainer.
From day one Joy was there with me every step of the way. She pushed me to my limits, encouraged me to keep going and celebrated my successes. Since I started with her I have lost 45 pounds, ran several races, including my first half marathon last October and am training for The Donna half marathon in February.
What is also exciting is that through her help our entire family has gotten healthier. We all eat better, my children exercise more and my husband, Jake has lost nearly 30 pounds. Joy is a terrific trainer who is extremely passionate about what she does. I would recommend her to anyone who is ready to achieve their goals whether it is weight loss or training for a race. She certainly has been an important part of achieving mine!
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A journey to Ironman
A long overdue thank you for the guidance you have given me in the past few years. I have never known a coach that genuinely cares about my workouts and improvements like you do.
When I was in doubt during Ironman training, worried that I couldn’t fit everything in, you were able to calm me down and reassure me that I could do it. It would be hard to juggle but you told me to take it one workout at a time and keep pushing forward. I did. And I finished respectably.
Without your support and encouragement I’m not sure if I would have even made it to the start line of ironman Kentucky. Thank you for the push, the confidence and support you have given me this year and in years past. I’m proud to say that you were my ironman coach.
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Melodie was signed up and in Dallas ready to race the Dallas Half Marathon when it was cancelled due to ice. She raised $825 for World Vision and wanted to complete the race she trained so hard for, so she did it on a hotel treadmill.
Joy, I just wanted to say thank you for sticking by me and making a training plan for me that didn’t freak me out. I really appreciate how you took my crazy mind into consideration when you put it together.
The great sense of satisfaction I gained from marking each day off since August has helped me so very much. You got me to this race and I am so blessed to call you my coach. I appreciate your sincere, no B.S style of coaching. I appreciate that you have strong convictions and don’t care what anyone else is doing.
Your coaching is solid and I KNOW you really do care about each of your clients. Thank you for not blowing sunshine up my butt and for calling me out when you knew I was just being lazy. I love you for that and will be so proud when I cross that finish line Sunday. Thank you for everything. I wonder what my next goal will be… Whatever it is, I know you will be there to get me going.
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Jax Bank Marathon Boston Qualifier & Personal Best 3:41:32
I ran my first marathon in January 2011, with a time of 4:00:04. I felt like it was a pretty decent time, and was happy, just to have run 26.2 miles. I soon learned, that at my age, I could qualify for Boston, with a time of 3:40:00. Hey, that seemed attainable. So I set out, on my own, to try to reach this goal. I ran 3 more marathons, and fell short, with each one. I felt like I had worked hard, and pushed myself, but I just didn’t have much direction, as to the workouts I should do, and at what paces I should do them. Then came the terrorist attack at Boston Marathon 2013! Now I was MAD, and more determined than ever, to reach my goal. This year, I aged up. Now I would qualify for Boston, with a time of 3:45:00. I did, however want to meet my original goal of 3:40:00.
Joy’s training kept me right on track! I felt stronger and faster, with each track workout and each tempo run. She often ran my long runs with me, ensuring that I stayed on pace for those as well. When race day came, I knew I was ready! But, the weather had different ideas! Joy paced me through 26.2 miles of 98% humidity and torrential downpours to an awesome 3:41:32 finish.
Although, I had not reached my goal of 3:40:00, I was beyond elated. Not only did I have a new marathon PR, and a Boston Qualifying time, but also, an age group award. I also know that, had the conditions allowed for it, I would have reached that 3:40:00 goal with extra minutes to spare! My training had been perfect!
There were times when Joy asked me to do speeds or workouts that I had never done in training, and, although I secretly questioned (maybe sometimes not so secretly-haha) her methods, I just trusted her expertise, and it paid off! After all, isn’t the definition of insanity, “doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results”.
Though she pushed me hard, Joy also made me listen to my body, and helped me change or alter workouts, based on how I was feeling. She truly cares about her clients, and loves helping them to reach their individual goals. It’s an amazing thing to work with someone who loves what they do, and truly cares about you!
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First Triathlon: 1st in Age Group, 5th Female Overall
Joy has helped me with several goals. I was repeatedly getting injured prior to working with her. She taught me the importance of foam rolling and running form to prevent injuries.
After a knee injury, I tried to get back to running but could not get my speed back. She invited me to her track workouts at UNF on Tuesday nights. It was amazing how much she taught me and yes I got my speed back and plus some!
When I decided to do my first triathlon, I would call on for assistance. She wrote plan that took into account my busy home and business schedule.
How many coaches do you know that will come out to your race and pace you to your goal?
First Class Coach!
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1st in Age Group, 7th Female Overall
I have always been into health and fitness but found myself overworked and lacking motivation when I started with Joy as my personal trainer in 2011. She quickly got me back on track and a couple years later, I decided to get back into triathlons – something I had not done since college. I tried my own training for the first race, thinking since I had done this before it would be no problem. However, I found organizing my workouts frustrating and time consuming. I performed decent, but thought I could do better. I asked Joy to start training me for triathlon as well and it has been very rewarding.
Not only does she create personalized workouts that take into account my crazy work hours and injury prone self, she constantly checks to make sure that I am well balanced with rest and nutrition as well. Joy provides guidance and encouragement that keep me focused on every workout and consistently pushes me to perform in ways that I didn’t know I could. I am proud to say that with her training, support and knowledge, I placed 1st in my age group and 7th female overall in a recent sprint triathlon – something that I never achieved in college!
Joy is truly invested in the success of her clients to become healthier and reach our goals. What other trainer does races just to help motivate her client, or calls them at 5 a.m. repeatedly the morning of their race if she can’t be there in person?!?
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30 lbs lost, 5 inches down in waist
In July of 2012, I was into my second year of competing in sprint triathlons and had completed the Gate River Run in March. During that time, I developed a shin splint in my left leg that would not heal, and eventually became a stress fracture. I completed a long stretch of physical therapy and thought I was good to go, but that wasn’t the case. Within two weeks of running again, the pain came back, and I was really disappointed.
As many of you can relate, so much of being an athlete, at any level, is mental. I became demoralized and felt as though all of my hard work over the previous two years had been in vain. I am sorry to say this now, but I quit. I gave up. I thought (at age 43) I was obviously too old or just not able to overcome. So, that was it! No biking, no swimming, no anything. Then, the weight began to pile on until I was over 30 pounds heavier. I carried that weight for nearly two years until, thanks to Susan Wallis with the Hammerhead Triathlon Club, I met Joy Murphy with EnJoy Fitness.
Joy showed me a way back and helped me understand that injury is not the end of the road, but a time to change the scenery a bit, regroup, focus on another aspect of training and work to manage the injury until you are healed and back to 100%. That in itself was a game changer for me. I have been injured twice since starting with Joy, but have continued to train with her by modifying my workouts (under her direction) and adding more stretching and foam rolling to help overcome my injuries and keep moving forward. Today, I’m training for my first half Ironman! Thank you, Joy Murphy.
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I recently completed my longest triathlon to date – my first Half Ironman. After 2 years of the Sprint and Olympic local triathlons that I ‘self prepared’ for, I knew I lacked the ability to self prepare for a HIM. I needed a coach and Joy agreed to do so. While building a relationship of trust, I watched as Joy provided the workouts to grow my swim, bike and run abilities. She provided feedback upon their completion while also providing hugely beneficial feedback on nutrition. I have become a part of the Enjoy Fitness Family, which, led by Joy, is one of a true sense of camaraderie, friendship and fun. It really is the “Enjoy” part of “Enjoy Fitness”.
Whereas in the days before a local triathlon I would be nervous and filled with anxiety, in the days before the Half Ironman, I was filled with confidence and excitement. I kept waiting for the moment I would be overcome with nervousness, but it simply never happened. The only difference was the fact that I know I had Joy’s expertise behind me – that for several months, Joy fine tuned and perfected a training plan that built more than just physical endurance to complete it, but also built mental endurance to know I would crush it. I’ve never stood in the water more confidant and ready than I did that day. And the results far exceeded my expectations. I have never felt better in the swim than I did that day, and the bike portion was done at my fastest speed ever – all while saving enough for the run. It was a great day – and Joy’s plan worked. I look forward to her bringing me to my next success story – the full Ironman in October. I already know I am in the best hands possible.
When I decided to begin my journey towards becoming an Ironman, I knew I needed a coach. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I needed as an athlete and did research to find the coach that I believed would be my best fit.
I was lucky enough to meet Joy and EnJoy Fitness and I can, without question say, never once did I doubt my decision. Joy was the combination I needed: highly educated, knowledgeable, challenging, and yet, had the personal touch where she consistently proved to me that she cared for me, not only as her athlete, but as a whole person. Joy and EnJoy Fitness provided me with the tools to physically succeed, the support to enjoy the training regimen, and the confidence to know I was going to finish!
I became an Ironman! and after crossing the finish line, one of the first things I said was, “I need to call Joy!” She had become part of my family!
Thank you, Joy and EnJoy Fitness! Words can not describe my gratitude. I look forward to conquering more dreams together!