Linda was introduced to us by her daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Stew (both long-time members and former Members of the Month!). She started out by doing personal training for about a year and then transitioned to our group classes where she is a regular at the 9:45 am class. Linda is a great example of what it means to be “fit for life” and we’re so excited to celebrate her this month! Read on to learn more about Linda.
science educator (retired) and chemistry tutor
When did you start at Kanna?
What are your favorite numbers and why?
12 &k 24, because they have a variety of factors.
What movements do you like?
dumbbell snatches, kettle bell swings, hanging knee raises, dead lifts, sit ups, air and goblet squats, wall balls
What movements do you dislike?
overhead press, back squats, lunges
What sports or fitness things did you do before Kanna?
jogging, hiking, golf
How did you find Kanna? What was your first workout?
My son-in-law and daughter (Stew and Heather Greenleaf) introduced me. In first workout, May 2021 with Steph as my personal trainer, we did goblet squats, ring rows, medball slams, and step-ups.
What’s your “why” for working out?
people my age lose muscle mass at an increased rate. At the least, I would like to prevent this loss of muscle, but hopefully I can slowly increase my muscle mass.
What’s your favorite thing about Kanna?
The class camaraderie during the workouts, the variety of the workouts, and the support of the coaches – especially in helping me scale my workouts. (sorry, can’t choose just one!)
What are your hobbies?
reading, traveling, puzzle solving, forest bathing, film and theater
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
During my career I was awarded “Chemistry Teacher of the Year” by the American Chemistry Society and named “Outstanding Science Teacher” by the Montgomery County Science Teachers Association.
What PRs or accomplishments (fitness-related) are you most proud of?
Showing up twice a week for workouts, occasionally completing a workout in the orange level, and accepting that I got a late start and I will never be as strong or skilled as the younger folks in the class.
What’s on your fitness bucket list?
Level up to orange in all categories
What’s on your general bucket list?
I want to live long enough to see my five grandchildren mature into their 20’s (at least!), and continue to travel world-wide
What advice do you have for people new to Kanna?
Enjoy the variety of the workouts, take advantage of the expertise and personal attention of the coaches, and compete only against yourself.
Anything else you’d like to mention?
I’d like to thank my daughter and son-in-law for encouraging me to try something that I initially found very intimidating. And thank you to the coaches for their warm acceptance and expert support.
***Kanna members: The MOTM custom workout is TBD***
How does one become Member of the Month? By embodying the Kanna ideals of Learning, Working Hard, and Having Fun. By contributing to the community and supporting others in and out of the workout. By being open to coaching and improving oneself for the sake of being better, not to “win” the workout. By just generally being a good person and having a positive attitude. And a lot more, but you get the idea!