Athlete of the MonthMarch

Linda Brown

Career: In-home personal trainer and mom

Years at CrossFit Kennett Square: 3

"I am definitely stronger - my endurance, mobility, and flexibility have really improved, and honestly my daily activities just feel easier."

Hometown: Village of Springdell, PA

Age: 52

When did you first start training at CFKSQ? I believe the fall of 2019

Favorite WOD: I enjoy a good cardio WOD and deadlifts!!

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with thrusters or overhead squats.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I grew up riding horses, showing as kid and transitioning into racing at age 19. I trained racehorses and rode in a few flat races. In high school, I ran track and continued running as an adult. I’ve competed in many half-marathons and ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2014. 

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? My softball family Sharon Iacoangelo and Leigh Castle invited me to Bring-a-Friend Day. I don’t remember my first workout, but I do remember how exhausted and weak I felt.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  Before starting Crossfit I was in an exercise funk, I found myself mindlessly going through the motions of a workout with no structure or inspiration. Fast forward to now, I am definitely stronger, my endurance, mobility, and flexibility have really improved, and honestly my daily activities just feel easier.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? CrossFit has truly taught me to fuel my body properly, and that timing is everything for a workout. I go to bed earlier, and drink more water.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFKSQ moments: I’m not sure I have a favorite moment yet. I enjoy my time at CrossFit; love all the coaches. I’m grateful for the support. I always walk out in a better mood than when I arrived.

Any advice for people just getting started?  Most importantly: show up. Leave your ego at the door, listen to your body, be coachable, and keep going. If you have injuries or other restrictions, let your coach know– there is a modification for every exercise.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love music, reading, spending time with friends and family, playing the violin, and hanging with all of our animals, of which we have many