May 2021 Athlete of the Month, Linda!

Published May 3, 2021


Linda Melvin


1. What was life like before you became a member?


My life was sort of the same as it is now except, I wasn’t participating in any organized activities.  I did yoga. I skied, swam, and hiked a lot. I tried to watch what I ate but my physique was going downhill.  I still do those activities, but they were a lot harder before I started CrossFit.

2. At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness? 

I grew up involved in athletics. I played football till I was told girls don’t play football. I was a distance swimmer in high school and college.  After college, I’d spent a huge portion of my free time skiing, swimming, hiking and martial arts. I worked out at home using Jane Fonda videos and I learned yoga at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale.  I tried bicycle touring but drivers around here were crazy, and dogs always chased me so I didn’t feel safe and quit that.  I even tried Mountain Biking but that lead to knee injuries, so I quit that.   As each decade passed, business and family took more and more of my free time so I wasn’t as active as I wanted to be or thought I should be.  


  1. What originally prompted you to seek us out?  

Norma Kanavy invited me to a class.  She said all I needed were sneakers and gym clothes.  I’d never heard of CrossFit, but she said I’d like it and I’d noticed its effect on her so I thought I should try it.  


4. What was your goal when you originally signed up? 

I was at an age where I figured if I didn’t take care of myself, I'd get weak and unhealthy.  My weight had been creeping up but the flab gathering all over my body was worse.   I didn’t want to be one of those scrawny old ladies pushing a walker. I wanted to get back in shape and improve my strength, but I was having trouble motivating myself.  My first class was fun and extreme, so I figured I’d see what happened. 


5. What have you liked best about working with us? 

I love the challenge and the energy that surrounds me every time I come to the Box; my fellow athletes are inspiring and very humorous so it’s fun to be there.  Being with so many positive people is a joy and very motivational. Tim helps me make good choices and I enjoy learning from him.  I’m a knowledge junky so it’s fantastic to have a coach who likes to fill my knowledge quotient every time I need a dose. 

6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?  

I’m proud that I’ve persevered mostly.  Everything else is gravy.


7. What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?   

Because I’ve been athletic most of my life, I think it was fairly easy for me to step into an extremely challenging sport like CrossFit, but age certainly is a factor in one’s capacity.  CrossFit brings that home to you clearly while at the same time, freeing you from the stereotypes of aging.  All of what we do at CrossFit was completely alien to me when I started. I wasn’t sure where I was going with CrossFit.  So, I made up my mind to do it and tried to learn as much as I could as fast as I was able with no end game in mind.  After about a year, I could remember what each lift involved (I still have to look up some of the lifts before I get to class) and I finally started remembering the meaning of the abbreviations on the white board.   I keep track of the warmups, WODs and lifts in a notebook so I can see my progress. I find that motivational even if improvement is tiny.  I have to admit, there have been times when I was so sore, I wondered why I wanted to go to the Box but I enjoy the Box so much that I never think about quitting, even during Nancy.  So, keep coming to the Box even when you’re sore.  Try as hard as you can so you go to the shower feeling satisfied.  I show up twice a week religiously.  I trust Coach Tim’s instruction. I do stuff at home too so I can keep up better in class.  My goal is to bring balance between my workouts and life so that I can keep participating.  I figure when it isn’t fun anymore, it will be time to stop. 

8. Do you have any special moments/memories?

I remember my first class like it was yesterday.  We had to run and do what felt like a million wall balls.  Tim set me up with a wall ball to throw and a wall ball that I could bounce my butt off of.  People didn’t know me but they cheered me on anyway.   I remember my first CrossFit open; we did snatches at increasing weights and I had a PR. It was so exciting that I surprised myself. I really appreciated the COVID-19 home workouts. I decided to do them every day till we got back to the Box so I wouldn’t have to start all over again.  It was fun and I’m very grateful that Tim put that extra effort out for us.


9. What is your favorite movement/lift?

I would really like to learn to do a snatch. When I watch Jess Best do one, I get all motivated even though I suck at it.  If only I could get the squat thing right.  

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