Kelly Mclaughlin


Personal Trainer

With over 10 years of experience in the health and wellness field, Kelly joined the Empower team in 2012. She comes to Empower with great background of working with a variety of clients, ranging from young children to young at heart adults in their 80′s. She believes that everyone is in a unique position with both their strengths and their needs, and she takes pride in designing individualized workouts to help her clients achieve their fitness goals. With a patient, yet passionate approach to training, Kelly wishes to motivate others to accomplish things they never believed they could.

With a BA in Psychology and a minor in Exercise Science, Kelly graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of NC Chapel Hill in 2000. She is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

“Walking the Walk” is critical to Kelly. She comes from a competitive swimming background, where she competed for UNC all 4 years, and ended her swimming career at the US Olympic Trials in 2000. She now is an age group elite triathlete, and has finished in the top 5 of her division in 3 out of the 4 Ironmans in which she has raced. She has been named as an All American triathlete numerous times, and has won a variety of NC and SC races since she took up the sport in 2001.

Most of her free time is spent at the pool training herself or playing with her young swim protégés, riding her bike, or running.

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