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‘My happy place:’ Vet turned fitness coach uses fitness to benefit people in Fayetteville area – The Fayetteville Observer

Posted: October 20, 2020 at 5:51 pm


Akira Kyles|The Fayetteville Observer

Ruby Murray served her country for years, and from that she learned the importance of fitness. Shenowuses fitnessto benefit her communityand spread awareness abouttwo causes dear to her.

Murray joined the Army in 1989 and served for more than26 years. At one point in her military career, Murray found herself in need of losing weight to keep her job.

I started teaching fitness about 18 years ago, and it literally started whenI ended up becoming pregnant with my daughter and I had to lose almost 70 pounds," Murray said. "At the time serving in the United States Army,I had to realize that I had to lose that weight.

I knew that I had to go and hire me a personal trainerin order for me to stay inthe military, which was my way of living and to also provide for my family.

After losing weight, Murray ended up falling in love with fitness and started getting certified in fitness training.

I have a total of 13 certifications, and fitness just became my baseline, said Murray. I felt that was my happy place of just basically physicalfitness and also just helping others find their happy place.

It was through Murrays newfound love of fitness that she started postpartum fitness training for Fort Bragg, which she ran for nine years.

Through her platform as a personal trainer, Murray became anadvocate for bringing awareness of domestic violence and cancer.

On Saturday,Murray held a Turn the Park All Colorsprogramat Hope Mills Park to raise cancer awareness. This was her ninth cancer awareness event, which she usuallyholds on Fort Bragg. She had to move it off base because ofCOVID-19 restrictions.

It says something because I've been fighting a lot for my friends, which I do have a lot of friends that are cancer survivors. Family members are cancer survivors. But I hold cancer awareness very dear to my heart because it's like it's hitting different angles, said Murray.

Murray used Saturday to showcase different types of cancers people may not know about.

This year, I wanted to use the message of turning the entire park different colors of ribbonsbecause different colors or ribbons are existing now not just for cancer, but colon, throat, skin (cancer) I can go on and on and on, said Murray. As I started learning more about the different types of cancers, that really (was)mind-boggling because I was like, well I never knew that we had that many types of cancers.

At the park, Murray also collected clothes and toiletries for homeless veterans. She had vendors with informational literature on cancer and healthy food samples.

Murray plans to sponsor another gathering on Fort Bragg whenit full reopens that will focus on fighting cancer.

It's all dealing with fighting. How can you fight something when somebody is watching you and they see you as perfect but really you're fragile and you're broken? said Murray. So it's about taking that mended vessel and allowing that vessel to be whole again.

Along with her military background and platform as a fitness coach, Murray is also a JROTC instructor at South View High School, teaching students in grades nine to 12. In her second year teaching, Murray was the teacher of the year for the 2017-18 school year, she said.

Murray said she is a big giver in her community and currently has logged more than 3,500 volunteer hours.

I just always liked to effect change and make a positive outcome on one person's life. And I feel that if I make a positive outcome on one person, like, I have done my job for the day, said Murray.

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