When fitness saved her life

Sarah Fechter is a name-brand in the Great Lakes Bay Region, where she has built a passionate following among those whose lives changed when they set foot in her place of business.

Clients sport Sarah Fechter Fitness T-shirts and bumper stickers with the company’s logo. Billboards — often featuring images of a well-toned Fechter, mid-exercise — offer the promise of a healthier lifestyle for those who seek her help.

But Fechter’s rise as an exercise advocate and business leader in the community wasn’t easy. Her success was the product of perseverance following a family tragedy.

In the following video essay, Fechter, who received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Saginaw Valley State University in 2007, discusses her life, its challenges and all the lessons she learned along the way:

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