KATHY MURRAY IS A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER WITH THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS. SHE SHARES OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY. KATHY IS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE FITNESS INDUSTRY FOR HER ABILITY TO MOTIVATE AND ACHIEVE RESULTS.
Gloria Keeling, founder of the Strong, Stretched and Centered mind-body training program and now owner of BeFitAfter
Fifty.com, a personal training business, says, “I work with a lot of clients in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, and I see that wellness is about doing the best [you can] with what you’ve got at the moment. For younger clients, wellness might be more about goal setting and ambition, but it changes with age. Some people in their 80s run marathons; others are happy to walk a few blocks. But few people get through that last third of their lives without some major health challenges, even if they’ve taken good care of themselves. Wellness is learning how to reach past the challenges and limitations and find the joy. It’s amazing to watch what people go through and see them come out the other side. A lot of wellness is about the tenacity of the human spirit.”
From New York Times best-selling author of Lilac Girls Martha Hall Kelly and coauthor Kathy Murray comes a novella based on Murray's true underdog story, following her time coaching a German cheerleading squad and ultimately inspiring a group of young women to reach new heights in their sport.
It’s 1997, and Kathy Murray, desperate to leave her medical sales job and pursue her passion, accepts an offer to teach aerobics in Germany - as a former elite athlete, she’s confident she can handle whatever comes her way. She quickly realizes, though, that her leap of faith may be more challenging than she thought, struggling with the German language and the overt racism she constantly faces as one of the only Black people in her new community. But that doesn’t stop her from taking on her biggest challenge yet: coaching a cheerleading squad of disengaged teenagers with only weeks to prepare for their championship competition.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Annika Jensen is a gifted gymnast, but when she arrives in Munich, she’s still haunted by the troubling memories of her previous cheer squad and has no interest in revisiting the sport. Can the Munich Cowboys Cheerleaders and their fearless new coach reignite Annika’s passion and rebuild her confidence?
Told from Kathy and Annika’s perspectives, The Munich Cowboys Cheerleaders is an uplifting story of friendship and conviction in the face of adversity.