UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
WITH ALAN K. STOUT
Heather Luklanchuk is on online health and fitness coach; an elementary school teacher at the Lutheran Academy, Scranton; and a realtor with Liberty Realty & Appraisal Services, Dickson City. Luklanchuck is a native of Throop and a graduate of Bishop O’Hara High School and Penn State Worthington Scranton, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies. She also received a master’s degree in elementary education from Marywood University. She lives in Throop.
Meet Heather Luklanchuck …
Most fitness instructors work with people in a gym. You work with people online. How’d that come about?
Through a friend who does the same thing. She mentioned it to me and thought I would be good at it. Personally, I am not a gym person. I find it overwhelming, and just the time … getting ready to go there, and the traveling … I could already have my workout done at home. So I thought, “There’s got to be other people out there like me who feel the same way — who are busy — but want to be healthy and make the time to dedicate themselves to a workout.” I thought this would be the perfect avenue for that. And there’s little to no equipment. It’s very doable. You can stream it at home on your laptop or wherever. It’s pretty accessible.
How can people find your workout sessions online?
Through Facebook. It’s www.facebook.com/heatherlukefitness. People can message me there, and then I add them to the groups I run online, and they can access everything they need. It’s customized, so I want to make sure that I talk to the person first and understand what their goals are, what has worked for them in the past, what has not worked for them in the past and what they’ve had success with. Things like that can help me gear them toward the workout that I know they will be successful with and that they will enjoy doing. Sometimes people will start something, and then they drop off. My goal is to get them to start and finish the program.
What do you enjoy about it?
The community. Just the support that you give and get from one another is unmatched. They’re lifting you up. Especially women. It’s hard sometimes, because people are always beating you down or judging you. This is a group where you’re safe and everyone’s on your side and on your team and cheering for you and rooting for you. Some days, when you really feel like giving up, someone’s going to say the right thing to keep you going. And it might be someone who is doing a program, just like you, or it might be a coach. It’s just amazing to see the cohesive interaction.
What do you enjoy about teaching?
My favorite part is seeing how a child’s mind works, and over time seeing them progress through what they’ve learned, and applying what they’ve learned even months later. When you think they’re not paying attention, or you’re not sure if they understood a concept, and then they show it to you in writing or on a test and “the light bulb” goes off — it’s kind of a magical moment.
What do you enjoy about real estate?
Having the ability to help people find their dream home. I work with a lot of first-time home buyers, and it’s such an overwhelming feeling for them and they’re so nervous, and I love that I’m able to ease their fears and help them find the best place for them. And I also like working with sellers and being able to help them sell their homes.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to travel. And I like to be outside in nature as much as possible, whether it’s going for a hike or to waterfalls. I also love to read.
Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen. Those are probably my top three.
Do you follow sports?
Eagles and Yankees.
All-time favorite movie?
“The Wizard of Oz.”
Favorite TV show?
“Sex in the City.”
New York City. I like the busyness of it and that there’s something to do on every corner.
Favorite place to vacation?
Any beach. It doesn’t matter where. As long as there’s an ocean.
Favorite thing about NEPA?
I like our location because we’re conveniently located to everything. You can get to New York. You can get to Philadelphia. You can get to the beach. And we still have the hometown vibe.
Two cats: Cayenne and Grigio.
Biggest pet peeve?
When people don’t use their blinker.
Is there anything about you that might surprise people?
I’m probably more daring than people would think. I went skydiving and snorkeled with stingrays and sharks. I have a very adventurous side, and I’m an adrenaline junkie.
What, if anything, has had the greatest influence or impact on your life? Is there anything that’s happened to you that has really helped shape you or define you?
Getting into coaching has helped me believe in myself more than I ever had in the past. That was about two years ago, and it’s helped build my confidence in myself, in that I can help others and grow as a person while I’m doing that. And my mom has been the most influential person in my life. She’s always been in my corner and cheering me on and supporting me in everything I do. No matter how many different paths I take, she’s with me.
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL with ALAN K. STOUT is a regular feature in electric city, profiling people from all walks of life throughout NEPA. Reach Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
photos by emma black