Personal Trainer - Coach
Growing up, Hannah was never athletic. Her only experience with “fitness” was to do “cardio'' by running. Like many people, Hannah thought doing hours of cardio was the only way she could be “fit and healthy.” She was unaware there were other ways to work on her health and fitness until she was introduced to strength training in college. Instantly, she fell in love with strength training and began reaping the benefits physically and mentally.
Hannah graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors of Science in biochemistry. Initially she thought she would work in pharmaceutical research forever; however, she quickly realized that life in the lab was not for her. As someone who thrives on interpersonal connections, solitude in the research lab became very draining. Instead, Hannah found herself looking forward to her time in the gym more than anything else. Eventually she decided to leave the pharmaceutical industry to pursue personal training - she knew she had found a real passion.
After the major career change, Hannah learned to become more attentive to what really interested her and what she really enjoys doing. Aside from the enjoyment Hannah got from making her clients sweat, she noticed that her favorite part of each coaching session was teaching proper movement patterns. For Hannah, one of the best parts of being a coach is to see clients move effectively, efficiently, and pain-free. Ultimately, Hannah decided to further her career in health and fitness by way of physical therapy. This new goal drove her to pursue a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University (SFSU) so that she could expand her knowledge of human anatomy and biomechanics. Hannah quickly realized the symbiosis of rehabilitation and strengthening and how strength training can also impact rehabilitation.
In the process of obtaining her MS degree and pursuing physical therapy, Hannah discovered the gap which exists between the disciplines of rehabilitation and strength training, especially within the more traditional physical therapy settings. With this realization, Hannah decided to pursue the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in order to help her bridge that gap. Future professional endeavors for Hannah include attending physical therapy school in the fall of 2022. It is her goal to create and integrate a more holistic approach to rehabilitation through strength training.
Hannah says that her favorite part of any day is being in the gym, but when she isn’t, she enjoys spending her time outdoors in the mountains or by the beach. She has also recently found an interest in learning to shoot and finds it oddly satisfying when she is able to hit the center of any target. Hannah loves to learn and aims to always improve upon herself in training and in all aspects of life. She encourages all her clients to embrace the same mindset and promises to always provide support and push you in your fitness journey.