Gladstone personal trainer graces cover of best bods mag
BORN and bred in Gladstone, personal trainer and business owner Tamara Murphy is Australia's newest cover girl.
Featured on the front of Natural Bodz magazine and the 2014 calendar, Mrs Murphy said it was a huge honour.
"I was a bit gob smacked to be honest," she said. "It's a magazine I've loved buying for two years; I never thought I would be on the front cover."
Mrs Murphy and husband Ben are the co-owners of Australian Sports Nutrition stores in Gladstone and Rockhampton.
Additionally, Gladstone's own cover girl is the director of popular personal training business, The Ultimate Body.
Mrs Murphy tends to over 30 clients, assisting many locals achieve the bodies of their dreams, whether it be for competition training or nutritional help.
Mr Murphy said he was proud of his wife's journey.
"I see all the effort she puts into achieving her goals," he said.
"To train five girls at once and maintain her own body, it is a massive achievement. I am pretty proud of her."
Competing at the Asia Pacific International Fitness Modelling Championships, Mrs Murphy has made both Gladstone and Australia proud, placing fifth internationally, twice.
"I entered my first ever competition in 2012," she said. "I was really happy to have competed against two of my idols."
Plans for Mrs Murphy's future include taking a step back from fitness modelling, so she may impart her knowledge onto other aspiring models in CQ.
"I'd like to give locals a chance to access something I didn't," she said.
"To have a coach who can share information about posing, training, nutrition, programs and divisions is such a great help when competing."
Mrs Murphy admits she is a determined, goal-driven person, but said the hardest obstacle was the mental challenge associated with the rigorous discipline.
As well as focusing on her business, Mrs Murphy will make her debut at her first Powerlifting competition on December 1.
"This is very different to competing in a bodybuilding competition," she said.
"I have taken a step back from fitness model competitions to give my body a break from the intense dieting and to provide locals with my undivided attention."
You can find Mrs Murphy on Facebook: The Ultimate Body Gladstone. Natural Bodz magazine, with Mrs Murphy featured on the front, is available at newsagencies.