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personal trainer

Kelly McLaughlin



With over 12 years in health and wellness, Kelly joined Empower in 2012. With a BA in Psychology and Exercise Science, she is a NASM-certified personal Trainer and Ironman U-certified coach. Kelly tailors workouts to each situation, drawing on her diverse background to empower clients of all ages. 

A former competitive swimmer, Kelly is now an elite triathlete with 8 Ironman finishes and multiple accolades. She competed for UNC all four years and ended her swimming career at the US Olympic Trials in 2000. She continues to train and compete at an elite level as an All-American Triathlete through the USAT and an All-World Athlete through the World Triathlon Corporation. She’s also an associate head coach at Patty Shoaf Coaching, training athletes of all levels. 

Outside of training, she empowers herself through swimming, biking, running, creating art for Empower’s whiteboard, and baking treats for the staff.