By: AMFC Staff
A native of northern Minnesota, Sara Pankonin has been an active, athletic, teamsport
person since her childhood. She joined AMFC — her “place of balance” — 2007.
Sara left her full-time job as a civil engineer to be home with their sons, Chase (1),
Bret (5) and Tyler (7). Because it’s so close to their home, they are able to walk to
AMFC where she challenges herself with well-rounded workouts knowing her kids
are happy, engaged and safe at FitKids. Occasionally, she and her husband Dan
enjoy “date night” together at AMFC.
“I need people. I love connecting with friends as I work out,” she says, admitting
that the step mill is more fun while she enjoys a conversation with the person on
the next machine over.
According to her friend Rose, Sara enjoys sharing encouragement, optimism,
friendship and connection with the people she meets in the AMFC community.
Her commitment to building and maintaining whole-health is uplifting.
Rose shares, “Sara is one of the most genuine, pleasantly outspoken people I’ve
met. We met at AMFC six years ago and we’ve been kindred spirits since. When life
throws me an obstacle, Sara shows up with whatever I need, from fitness partner
and fellow mama to salad chef and spiritual guide. I am blessed to call her friend.”
A math whiz, Sara recently began substitute teaching. “It’s really a way for me to
give back. Yes, it’s a job; I’m compensated, but mainly for me it’s a way to engage
and share what I know and love. Lots of people are afraid of math and it’s fun to
help them break through that,” she said. But it’s not all fun and games. When she
comes home with a stress headache, she heads for the fitness center to stretch,
rest and work it out.
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