This week we are featuring a young, driven and upcoming superstar. Madison Murray is a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and Manager at Scottsdale BODI as well the owner of MadFit, her own personal training and nutrition business. Learn more about this beautiful and inspiring 24-year-old…
Hometown: Originally from Kaysville, Utah I am currently located in Scottsdale, AZ
First job: My first job was at Hollister. I worked there for a few years. It was a great first job but I am so thankful to be in another industry and doing something that I am passionate about!
Favorite AZ restaurant: My favorite restaurant would have to be Farm & Craft. It is a healthy, fast casual restaurant located in Old Town right near my gym. I love all of their salad options and healthy bowl options.
Person who has impacted your life the most: My boyfriend, Dustin Gray. I know that seems really cheesy to say but its true. He is the one that helped me take the plunge from a full time desk job to full time training. He motivates and encourages me daily. He is the reason that I have all of my valuable certifications and the reason that I was able to start my own business. He is also a trainer, so he understands the dedication that is required to be in this industry. There are so many people that have impacted my life in a positive way, but he is there day in and day out for all of the good and all of the bad. I wouldn’t be nearly as successful if it weren’t for him!
Your biggest accomplishment in your eyes: My biggest accomplishment was when I moved to Arizona all on my own to pursue a career in dance. I had just made the Phoenix Suns Dancers, but that is all that I had. No other job, no place to live and no money. I was literally living on a prayer! It was the scariest most thrilling experience of my life. I am so thankful that I had the courage to do it because it changed my entire life. I would not be doing what I am doing now if I didn’t take that leap of faith and make the move. I have had other important accomplishments that have put me where I am today, but that was by far the most impactful.
The biggest obstacle you have overcome: Making the decision to stop dancing and pursue a career in fitness. It was more of an obstacle that I had created for myself, but it was, and still is, one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. I was deciding if I wanted to give up something that I had done for 20 years, for something I had no experience in. It was a huge obstacle for me to get past, but again, if I wouldn’t have had that courage to make that change I would not be doing what I am doing now.
Someone who inspires you: Nikki Metzger! She is my mentor and boss and I owe a lot to her. She took a chance on me and helped teach me everything I know.
Favorite quote: “And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” -Shanti
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Intern and shadow someone! Books and certifications can only teach you so much. Yes, they are necessary but the most valuable things I have learned have come from my mentor and on the job experience.
What makes someone fabulous: knowing exactly who they are and rocking it in every single way!
Learn more about Madison Murray and her business MadFit at madfitaz.com.