My name is Hanna Hallman, I’m 25 years old and I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
Growing up, I was always athletic and played sports such as softball, basketball, tennis, golf, ran track and was also a cheerleader and a dancer. In high school, I was on the All-Region softball team every year and on the All-star team. I hopped around from university to university, starting out at Valdosta State University, then transferred to Georgia Tech and finally stayed put at Kennesaw State University, where I studied Exercise Science.
After I graduated high school, I decided to get back into dancing and auditioned and made a Semi-Pro cheerleading squad, the Atlanta Chiefs Cheerleaders, which I was a member of for two years. Soon after, I then auditioned and made a Pro Arena Football cheerleading squad, the Georgia Force Cheerleaders, which I was also a member of for two years. The last dance team I auditioned for and made was the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders and I was on the squad for a year. After dancing and cheering for some time, I was ready for a change and I sought out a new sport to commit to. People would constantly ask me if I compete and it was always in the back of my mind to get into the sport of bodybuilding, but I never took the initiative to begin the journey. I had always considered the sport, but wasn’t exactly sure where to start. I began researching the sport of bodybuilding and the NPC to educate myself about the sport and what it takes to become a competitor. I started to subscribe to weightlifting program channels on YouTube and found myself learning new techniques every day. I had always gone to the gym 5-6 days a week, but I felt it was time to take my training to a new level, if competing was something I truly wanted to do. I fell in love with the sport and began to take it very seriously when I was in my sophomore year of college.
After a few weeks of doing some major research and contemplating if the sport was something for me or not, I decided to take a leap of faith and begin to prep myself for my first NPC Figure competition in 2013. I learned so much about myself during those mentally and physically challenging months of prep. From the very moment I decided to take my life in this new direction, I fell in love with the sport of bodybuilding and have enjoyed every moment of it since.
I started training in May 2013 for my first show in August 2013, the 2013 NPC Coastal USA Championships. At this time, my plan was to compete in Figure. I was determined to move to the Women’s Physique division, but since I was new to the sport, I thought I should start in the Figure class and see where to go from there, based on judge’s feedback. I ended up placing 5th in Open Figure Class A. I was proud that I placed top 5 in my first show, but I knew I had greater potential. After the show, I went and got feedback from the judges and a handful of them said I was in the wrong division. They told me that I clearly have the body type for and belong in the Women’s Physique division. I made a bold decision and then switched to Physique. My next show following the Coastal was Music City Muscle in Nashville TN, which was my first show competing in the Women’s Physique division. I ended up placing first in Class A and also won the overall. At that moment I knew I was right where I needed to be and I haven’t looked back since. My second Physique show was the Kentucky Muscle, where I also placed first in Class A and won the overall. That show also qualified me for the 2013 NPC National Championships in Fort Lauderdale. Two weeks later, I traveled to Fort Lauderdale by myself to compete. My goal was top 5 in my class, considering I hadn’t even been competing for a year yet and I know that people usually compete at the national level for years before earning their IFBB Pro card. I ended up placing first in Women’s Physique Class A and earned my IFBB Pro card at the 2013 NPC Nationals.
From that moment on, I have been in constant competition with myself. I have competed in several IFBB Pro shows since turning pro in 2013: the Orlando Europa Show of Champions, the Dallas Europa Show of Champions, Greater Gulf States Pro, the Phoenix Europa, the Atlantic Pro, the Denver Mile High Pro, the Ferrigno Legacy and the Ultimate Warrior Pro. I am currently prepping for the Arnold Classic, which will be my first time stepping on such a prestigious stage. To say that I am honored would be an understatement.
As long as I am a better me each time I step on stage, no matter my placing, I am proud of and happy with myself. I have finally found my passion and love everything about competing. I have met so many amazing and inspirational people, who have each made a positive impact on my life and will become some of my lifelong friends, mentors and support systems. Competing also led me to my career as a personal trainer.
I train so many amazing people and have established such strong relationships with them over time. I have become so close with many of my clients and most of them have actually become good, lifelong friends of mine! The fact that I have a hand in bettering people’s lives and making them feel better about themselves every day, gives me life. Using my knowledge, experience, and love for health and fitness to help enrich somebody else’s life is an amazing feeling. I’ve had so many clients tell me that their favorite part of the day was our session and what a fantastic feeling that is! I truly look forward to going to work every day! Not only do I have incredible clients to train, but my coworkers are fun to be around. We have a blast and are like one big family. I believe that when you work for your passion, money will come to you. Money doesn’t necessarily have to be something of monetary value either. True happiness is the greatest form of “money,” in my opinion. No money can buy such a feeling. My clients inspire me to kick my own butt after kicking theirs! Seeing a client’s confidence change as their body changes, having a helping hand in them reaching their goals and noticing when they finally become proud of themselves, are the most rewarding things about my job. Sometimes it is hard to remember the shy, insecure, quiet, out of shape and depressed/unhappy person that first walked into the gym after working with someone for months or years and seeing them transform their body, mind and entire being! I still can’t believe and thank God every day for blessing me with the ability to play such a pivotal role in people’s lives.
As I continue on my journey, knowing that I inspire and motivate so many people each and every day, means more to me than any title or trophy ever will. I truly believe there is always room for improvement and one should never settle or become comfortable in life, because that is when your competition has the chance to either catch up to or pass you. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
The only person I wake up every day and try to be better than is who I was yesterday. She is my ultimate competition and I won’t stop until I beat her. I’m a dream chaser and I will not stop running until I catch my dreams. I put my blood, sweat, tears, and everything I have into the chase because I crave being successful. I want to inspire others the way they have inspired me. The only thing impossible in life is failure, as long as you keep trying and never ever give up. Your actions should be so dedicated that no one should have to ask you what you want.
When something is really meant for you, it doesn’t matter who is doubting, hating, or hoping you fail. You just keep on working, believing, and pursuing what’s in your heart. Obstacles are the things we see when we take our focus off of our goals. Allow what God has put into your heart to guide you more than what the world has put before your eyes. When God sees you doing your part, developing what He has given you, then He will do His part and open doors that no man can shut.