"Lightning" Lynda in a GEM! Seriously one of the most thoughtful and encouraging people you will ever meet! She is committed to her health and fitness and will be seen doing aerobic capacity during the noon class, then come back later for class WODS! She supports her family in everything they do! Her and Frank come to all the competitions where coaches and Sam are present, and Frank is the photographer behind all our in-home comps as well as any comp away. You could find them working together every weekend at the Farm before it opened.
Tell us a little about yourself and family- Hobbies, interests, where you grew up, occupation, etc.
I am a native Oregonian; who lived for about 8 years in California. I was born and raised in Lebanon, Oregon. I went to college at Oregon State University, receiving a BS in Corporate Fitness. I worked as a Fitness Director at a large corporation in the Silicon Valley for a few years. Returned to Oregon and spent several years as a stay at home mom. I have two sons. Luc is 26 and lives in Beaverton with his wife Cassie. Sam is 19 and is currently a student at U of O and coaches at BCF in the summer. I have been married to my husband Frank for 34 years. I am currently working at Banks Elementary School as an Instructional Assistant in Title 1 reading. In the 27 years that we have lived in Banks I have done a lot of volunteering. I have volunteered in the schools and currently at Banks Food Bank, Banks Public Library Board, co-director of Banks Linear Trail Brave Run and I ride and raise money for multiple sclerosis in a bike MS event(22 years and counting).
How did you hear about BCF and what made you want to join? How long have you been with BCF?
My son Sam has been a member of BCF since he was 14. Over the years he encouraged me to join. I was a tough sell. I would ask him, " you do what for how many repetitions?" I thought it was a little extreme! I was developing osteoarthritis in a few joints and felt I needed a new way to move, so eventually I decided to give it a try. Surprisingly, the first few weeks I was known only as "Sam's Mom." Sam is like the poster boy of CrossFit and I think the expectations were high for me - LOL! Honestly, I did not like CrossFit at first. I was truly out of my comfort zone. I stuck with it and now, 2.5 years later I really enjoy the challenge and continue to learn so much! I especially enjoy the people and we have such amazing coaches.
What are your goals? Personal, professional, and athletic?
I have been a cardio athlete for 40+ years(run, bike, swim, triathlon, ski, hike, etc.). It has always been my lifestyle, I enjoy the process and it's fun! As the aging process marches on and as a masters athlete, my goal is to maintain muscle mass, mobility and my active lifestyle for many years to come. CrossFit will help to attain this goal. As a bonus, this cardio junkie is learning to move "faster" and move differently........that's why I have the nick name "Lightning". I am sure those lightning fast, fast twitch muscles fibers are in me somewhere!
What is your favorite movement? Non-favorite movement?
I like any WOD that is 20 minutes or more. The movements that I am currently working on are DU, rope climb, GHD sit ups, toes to bar and.....those darn pull ups! One of my favorite things about CrossFit in general is the scaling. All abilities can do this sport.
What is 1 thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I was a synchronized swimmer in high school before it was a big time sport as it is today. It is a very unique sport!
What is your biggest motivation in life?
"A family that sweats together, stays together!" Enough Said!