150: Be in the moment - with Lynda Knudtson
About Lynda Knudtson
Lynda Knudtson has worked in the fitness industry for 27 years as an instructor, personal trainer, and educator.
Lynda has over 14 years’ experience working with clients who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s, hypertension and are pre-diabetic. She trains cancer survivors one-on-one and, in a group-setting helping them build strength, stamina, and confidence to live the life they fought so hard for. She also partners with companies to build a healthier, happier workforce, by providing on-site fitness classes and educational presentations.
Over the years Lynda has discovered that everyone shares the desire to be healthy, but we don’t always feel we have the time or should take the time, to be physically active.
Lynda helps remove the barriers, or fear factors, that prevent people from becoming physically active and healthier.
I saw on your Facebook page that you help people ‘cross the line’. What does that mean?
“I had a client a few years ago that I wanted to take form the strength training area that has carpet to the free-weight area that has the rubber tile. And as we were walking, she stopped right at that line and was terrified…”
A healthier, happier workforce sounds great. How does that work exactly?
“a lot of employers, they work on their safety numbers. And so, I go into companies and help with stretching classes or movement classes just to get people to move more ergonomically correct.”
Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?
“…I was looking for a photographer and she had suggested, you are going to love Stacy. I go, sometimes I am a little much and so I thought I’m going to love Stacy’s. and I did, I met Stacy, she did my headshot. It was so much fun it was like a party…”
How do you stay in front of, or best nurture your network community?
“I do go to a lot of networking events. And connect a little bit with them there. Go out for coffee or for lunch so it’s a one on one time, because sometimes at the events there is a lot of busyness. So, its almost like speed dating it feels like sometimes.”
What advice do you have for the professional on growing their network?
“still stay out there. And when you go to a networking event, it's not like a junior high dance, where everyone is pressed up against the wall and you are afraid to talk. Go talk to someone, anyone…”
Digital networking or traditional networking?
“I’m a little old-school so I love the in person. I have found the value in social media. So, it’s a blend for me, but my heart is really in the in person.”
If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?
“be in the moment. When you are 20-something declaring a major in college, it feels like you are making the decision for the next 40 or 50 years. And we have to reinvent ourselves… don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself over and over again.”
We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree?
“to pick one, Michael J Fox. With his work with Parkinson’s, fundraising and his personal experience I think he would be an amazing person to meet and just pick his brain.”
What book are you reading right now?
“Actually, I’m in a bible study and we are reading Genesis. And so, reading and seeing how people make the same mistakes over and over again and learning from other people’s mistakes.”
Any final words of advice for our listeners?
“if you are supporting a network, they are all friends who quickly maybe become family. And so, reaching out isn’t that hard if you are thinking of them as friends and family.”
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