Avid athlete and endurance sports enthusiast. Swimming since I was four years old, and never looked back! Everything from ballet to marathons, my athletic career has just begun! Graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology and Coaching. High School Girls' swim coach for North St. Paul, swim coach and personal trainer for Life Time Fitness-Plymouth since 2007. My passion and ambition is to help others achieve their goals to the best of their ability. As the late Steve Prefontaine resonates in my heart, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift."
Current certifications and accreditations:
- Level III Personal Trainer, Life Time Fitness
National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer
USA Swimming coach
Certified New Leaf Metabolic Testing Technician
Participant and finisher 2008 Grandma's Marathon
Finisher of Chicago Accenture Triathlon, Vacation Sports Square Lake Triathlon,
Life Time Fitness Relay, University of Minnesota Tri-U-Mah, St. Paul Triathlon, Medtronic Twin Cities 10-miler
"I was introduced to Sarah Hankel about a year ago by a fellow trainer with whom I had strength-trained for over 3 years. I was looking to add swimming to my repertoire as a means to balance the stress across my joints at about the same time that I took up spinning/cycling. However, it was obvious early on that I could not take the skills and training from my sport, soccer, nor from cycling for that matter, and apply them to swimming. Swimming was clearly a discipline where I truly was a 'fish out of water.' I felt out of my element and no matter how much I tried on my own, I couldn't make progress. But with a perseverance and passion, Sarah began to mold me into something of a swimmer over many months. She found a way of re-igniting a competitive spirit in me that had become almost dormant when I hung my cleats up for good. As a result of Sarah's prodding I am now embarking on my first year of triathlons, both individual and team, with great enthusiasm.
-- Dr. William Garvis
"I have been working with Sarah for over a year in the areas of swimming and strength/core training. With Sarah's extensive knowledge and experience in the pool, she has been able to help me improve my stroke to become a faster, more efficient swimmer. Sarah has given me the toolset to build on my swim training. Sarah also brings the same knowledge and experience to her personal training. She is always focused on my goals and helps guide me to achieve them. Sarah's education background in kinesiology gives her a depth of understanding when it comes to training the body but she also has the personal experience being an athlete herself. I enjoy and always look forward to my training sessions with Sarah. She brings something new to each session, educates me on why we are doing it and how it will benefit me and then kicks my butt!
-- Molly Moore
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