October Athlete Focus: Lynne Griffith

Determined. That’s just one word to describe Lynne Griffith – she has never given up over the last 9 years with us here at Torque. Minor setbacks here and there couldn’t stop her from coming back and putting her health and fitness first in her life! It’s been great to see her journey from personal training client, to CrossFit group member, to ForeverFit leader!”
– Coach Amanda

Congrats to Lynne Griffith for being October 2019 Athlete Focus!

Member Since: January 4, 2011

My name is Lynne Griffith. I own a real estate title business and have been a member of CrossFit Torque since January 2011. I live with my hubby Paul and between us we have 7 grandchildren. I decided early on to be a grandmother that could do everything the kids love, instead of being just a spectator – so far so good.

1.       What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?

I met former Coach Kenny and he became my personal trainer at another gym when I was just 59 years young. That’s when I met Don Chace, Amanda’s Dad, who also was training with Kenny. After the gym closed, we all went our separate ways, but just two years later I received a call from Kenny inviting me to come workout at CrossFit Torque, the gym Amanda Chace had just opened up. My first response was “I am 61 years old – that place will kill me.” Of course, I joined because I trusted Kenny would keep me safe. I still was scared to join, because I knew everyone would be younger than me.

2.       What has kept you coming back to Torque day after day?

I loved the CrossFit workouts immediately! And CrossFit Torque became like a family to me. At first I was always the slowest runner, but when I saw the fastest runner finish ahead of me, and come back to run with me until I was done, I knew age was not a factor at this box. I even had friends finish the dreaded burpees with me. I knew I would be comfortable here forever.

3.       What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

I have a couple of special things that I reflect on that have made me proud. The day that I deadlifted 260 pounds, I was over the moon! I have also climbed to the top of the 15 foot rope with the best of them. And I loved kipping pull-ups, double-unders, partner workouts, and tire flips with my dear friend Valerie Grey!

4.       What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge (besides overhead squats) at Torque has always been leaving my pride at the door, so a few times I would be out for a while, because I was trying to keep up with others, instead of focusing on myself! 

6.       What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?

The best piece of advice I have (which I learned the hard way) is to leave that damn pride at the door, to keep yourself focusing on the bigger picture, and to be safe. 

I turned 70 years young this summer and I have joined Amanda’s ForeverFit class, which was the best decision I have made. With the focus on Stretching and Balancing, she still provides a great workout at the end! I will be at CrossFit Torque until I am 80 years young, as the coaches are wonderful and caring and always have my back! This is an amazing place to be. 

Thank you CrossFit Torque for changing my life forever.

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