It was a dream decades in the making for John Hanrahan. The former world class wrestler envisioned himself standing atop a podium in a foreign land, the American flag being raised, the national anthem playing and the gold medal placed around his neck. The dream became a reality last October when Hanrahan of Milton GA, pulled off the stunning upset at the United World Wrestling Championships in Poland. The 56 year old swept the competition, including the reining World Champion from South Africa, to capture the veterans division (over 35) Freestyle world championship.
The dream had eluded him following his years at Penn State. A two-time All American, he fought for an Olympic birth that never materialized. While competing on a televised event he was discovered by a top agent and began appearing in the pages of GQ, magazine covers, and in print and television ads.
“In 1985 I suffered a terrible accident and had a near death experience that changed my life.” He says; “ I changed my life and began to utilize my background in exercise science. I became a trainer as a way to help others fulfill their goals. I soon established a high powered client base in Hollywood, training stars and moguls and was recognized as the best trainer in LA by Allure, GQ and other national publications. In 2006 I relocated to Alpharetta to assist in opening the first Life Time Fitness club in Atlanta. I currently run my own business conducting personal training and corporate wellness programs.”
John has recently completed his non fiction true life story to shed light on his near death experience encounter. He says; “how I died and where I went is all depicted in this book. I came back for a reason and part of that is to share my story and help inspire others.”
Last week he again reached the finals of the United World Championships held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the oldest city in Europe. Competing in the sport heralded as the oldest in history, Hanrahan defeated four international opponents in route to reaching the world finals; including wins over Russia and Iran. After a hard fought battle in the finals, he came up short against his South African rival and took home the World Silver medal.
“I’m officially retired now from competition” says Hanrahan. “I’m a health and wellness professional and I wanted to inspire others that your body and mind can preform over the age of 50 at an elite level with proper conditioning and training which includes a comprehensive approach to a sensible work, rest-recovery and nutrition equation .” The good news is he is currently available to work with new clients at his private training facility in Alpharetta, for info on how to get started go to PrivateTraining.com