Meet the Athletes

Lynsay Storey

One of, if not, the most driven and motivated athletes I have ever met. Lynsay is the definition of pocket rocket; explosive, focused and determined.

When Lyns first came to us at Crossfit Worksop she came with a fire in her belly, a year later and the fire is still there but the belly is significantly bigger.
However being a mum-to-be hasn’t stopped Lynsay from consistently turning up and impressing the coaches and other members with her positive attitude and ability to adapt.

One of the things I love most about Lyns is the look on her face when the going gets tough, although it hasn’t been on display as much recently- as her intensity has had to be tempered while training pregnant. When 99% of others would drop the bar and have a rest Lyns has always dug deep, gritted her teeth and held on.
She is determined to learn, to shift heavy weight and to get the best out of her body every training session.

Lynsay has attacked her weaknesses as well as embracing her strengths.
She is petite and strong and has always taken a shining to gymnastics, quickly moving off banded pull ups and flying through both strict and kipping pull-ups. She is also confident upside down on her hands and had no problems with handstand push ups and learning how to handstand walk. I’ve no doubt that once the baby is born she will want to get upside down again as soon as possible.
She also is a whiz on the rope climb with bragging rights to a legless rope climb that is potentially better than her normal rope climb!
While her confidence and willingness to try anything in gymnastics is both respected and admired, it is the time she dedicates to her weaknesses that impresses me most.

Lynsay has always worked hard, she has done weightlifting sessions to improve her lifting technique, she has worked on her mobility to improve her squat and overhead mobility and she doesn’t shy away from trying to increase her strength.
It is fairly common to find the smaller, faster, more gymnastically inclined ladies (and sometimes men) sticking to the lighter weights, allowing them to move quickly through the workouts, often finishing first. This has never been Lynsay (even now whilst pregnant we have to remind her to lighten the weights and decrease some of her range of motion), she has always tried to put a weight on her bar that is challenging, if it slowed her down she would simply push harder in the other components to make up for time lost.

Lynsay’s training, since becoming pregnant, has only differed by intensity. She keeps tabs on her heart rate, lightens her weights, adjusts the range of motion on burpees and squats and finds alternatives for movements as needed (eg: sit ups are now a no-no).

This year Lynsay even travelled down to Black Pool Sands and camped for three nights to watch and cheer on the Crossfit Worksop tribal team while they competed.
She brought her own porta-loo and was there supporting her team, she made an awesome cup of tea and stayed up late making sure no one got themselves in trouble.
Lynsay wants to be on the 2017 tribal team and I have no doubt she will be, that just goes without saying due to her positive, driven and determined mind set- I can’t wait to see it.

Lynsay is an inspiration for everyone around her and we are so lucky to have her as a member of Crossfit Worksop!

Posted: 25/10/2016 14:37:16 by Llara Romanowski | with 0 comments