Hannah McKinley

As a teenager in North Carolina, Hannah was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome. She was warned she may not walk past the age of 16, so she underwent surgery, boots, braces, and finally physical therapy and personal training. Her physical therapists and personal trainers had a lasting impact on Hannah, helping her to achieve the miracle of walking. She decided that she too wanted to impact people’s lives, so she set out to change lives through Personal Training.

Hannah’s pursuit to help others through fitness brought her to The Perfect Workout. She saw and personally experienced the benefits and science behind slow-motion strength training and knew this was how she could help others. “It's changed my life. I'm actually strong! Living with a neurological disorder that causes muscle atrophy, I never thought I would be strong, or muscular, but I am. I never thought I could slow down this disorder, but I have.”

In 2017 Hannah began training clients in the Chicago Region at the Wilmette studio where she ultimately became Facility Manager. Within a year, she and her husband decided to transfer down to Dallas, TX where she continued to work with clients at The Perfect Workout in Flower Mound. The knowledge Hannah has gained through her Personal Trainer certification and personal experience has allowed her to help many clients make changes in their bodies and lives. One of her clients, Lynne, dropped 30lbs and several pant sizes to which she credits her training at The Perfect Workout. “Another one of my clients, Lois, has arthritis in her knees, and she's seen significant strength increases in her quads and now isn’t in nearly as much pain anymore. Her doctor said, ‘Keep doing this program! Your knees have improved so much.’”

One client success after another lead Hannah to another Facility Manager promotion and she took over the Park Cities studio where she trains and manages today. “I love this position! I get to invest in my trainers on a daily basis. They are my clients as well. I get to help them grow in knowledge, confidence, and get to know them so much more on a personal level!”

Working with clients 1-on-1 is one of Hannah’s favorite parts about being a Personal Trainer. “It provides a personal connection with my clients and allows me to focus completely on them and invest in their lives, stepping into their world for 20 minutes. I get to know them on a much deeper level, and a lot of times that reveals how I can better encourage them while they're training. It’s a must!”

Hannah is just as grateful for the team of trainers she works with. “I cannot even begin to describe how much I love my trainers. They are uplifting, they're amazing with their clients, and they never fail to turn someone's day around!” Hannah and her team are united and strong because of the passion they all share amongst themselves to change people's lives.

Outside of the studio, Hannah is always keeping active with her husband. They have recently started playing racquetball and they love to play disc golf on the many courses Dallas has to offer. As an avid learner, Hannah is also a huge fan of reading for both pleasure and growth. Her goals are to help her grow the Park Cities studio so that they can change more people's lives, to become a Certification Supervisor so she can teach more trainers the slow-motion strength training method, and personally, to continue to get stronger and be an advocate for those with neurological disorders!

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