Despite having moved to La Jolla only five months ago, Brett and Kera Murphy have hit the ground running as the new owners of La Jolla Sports Club. Already, they’ve invested in new joint-friendly workout machines and implemented better technology throughout the gym. Blue Book got a chance to sit down with the couple to get the inside scoop about their experience so far in La Jolla, and their vision for the future of La Jolla Sports Club.
Blue Book: You came all the way from New York to take over the ownership of La Jolla Sports Club… And you both look like locals! Why La Jolla–what made it so special for you?
Brett Murphy: Before we got married, we came out here for a week-long vacation. Kera fell in love with everything about La Jolla: the culture, the environment, and the people. And since the weather is great, it’s the perfect place for anyone who lives an active lifestyle. When the opportunity presented itself to move out here, we took a huge leap of faith–Kera sold her business, and I left the corporation I was working at–and it definitely paid off.
Blue Book: So, when you’re not at the gym, what do you like to do in La Jolla? Where have you been so far?
Kera Murphy: We’ve been all over, especially where food is concerned: There’s so much good food here! We love venturing out to all the local restaurants. Puesto’s tacos are amazing, and we loved eating at Nine-Ten. All the restaurants on Prospect St. are awesome, too.
Brett Murphy: Because business has been at the forefront for both of us since we moved here, we haven’t had many chances to explore La Jolla or San Diego in great depth. That being said, we absolutely love relaxing at the beach. We’ll go down to Horseshoe Beach with our dog in the evenings and just watch the sun set. It doesn’t get better than that.
Blue Book: What do you want the community to know about you?
Kera Murphy: Well, we’re family owned and operated, which is very important. We care deeply about the quality of service that we give to each of our clients–both of us are here [at the club] at least 6 days a week. Soon after moving here, we quickly understood that locals expect a certain level of service, and we fully believe that our purpose is to do what it takes to make sure that expectation is met.
Brett Murphy: We seek to make any and all customer experiences personalized through communication with our trainers and instructors. It’s important to us to understand the perspectives of the people who come through our doors, so we can best work with them to achieve their goals and provide them the best service possible.
Kera Murphy: You’ll never work a day in your life if you do what you love, and we love coming in every day and making sure that we’re doing the best we can for the customers, as well as the general community. Because we own a local business, we believe in supporting other local businesses, as well.
Blue Book: Finally, what can the community look forward to from La Jolla Sports Club in the future?
Brett Murphy: Something we’re excited about is that soon, we’ll be holding a free high-energy exercise workshop for people of all ages and abilities. Our hope is to start attracting young adults–especially students–so that we can promote positivity when it comes to health and fitness. We’re also looking forward to hosting a 5-day Olympic-style boxing clinic with Norman Beck, founder of Beck’s Boxing.