047. Lynn Jung: Training, recovery, and goals

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Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do and why they do it.

Craig: In this episode, Lynn Jung discusses Brighton, what it means to her and how moving there affected her life. She unpacks how she approaches training, her movement background and her journey of injury and recovery over the past few years. Lynn shares how she came to Freerunning, her current projects and her involvement with Storm Freerun and XDubai.

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Lynn: Hello.

Craig: Lynn Jung is a professional Parkour athlete and coach, and the sole female member of the renowned Storm Freerun. Originally from Luxembourg her diverse movement background includes gymnastics, dance and circus, in addition to parkour. Lynn performs and competes around the world and is a sponsored athlete with XDubai. Welcome, Lynn.

Lynn: Thank you.

Craig: Lynn, I had a chance to see you and some of your friends on the beach a little bit and some of them were working on flips and things, and it was really, I think it’s a privilege to go and visit people that we interview, and I’m wondering, can you share a little bit of how you think of Brighton and the people that you train with? I know you have a close-knit group of friends. Can you just unpack that for people who are listening to get a feel for what is Lynn doing on a daily basis?

Lynn: Brighton for me pretty much means now my second home, or maybe even my first home. It’s a place I come back to after traveling or after working abroad. That feels very much like home because I have a group of friends here that I really enjoy hanging out with and those friends mostly happen to be Freerunners as well, so they have exactly the same lifestyle as I do. Their schedule is very flexible the same way mine is, so we actually like to hang out during the day and come up with some stuff to do, especially today, the weather is so nice, so it’s just like a very normal thing to go into the beach or hang out and see where the day takes us and where we end up.

Lynn: So, Brighton, very much is a place where I feel super comfortable and just know that I’m around people that I like being around.

Craig: I think on the other side of that there would be, I’m guessing, sort of a more hardcore Lynn, or how do you train when you know you have a specific goal or project coming up?

Lynn: Normally I always have goals, some are more short term, some are more long-term, and I usually don’t even, during those periods, it’s not like, “Okay, now I’m just going to work for this goal to reach.” It’s always still like a fun side to it. I do have a routine, though, I’d say in Brighton where I get up in the morning, I get my stuff done out of the way that I need to do, email work, whatever I have to do. I do go to gym as well because I am currently recovering from an injury so going to gym and actually working hard in gym is not actually the most fun thing to do. I still enjoy it but it’s like the work, work side of it. That is, at the moment, that’s my goal pretty much is to recover from my injury, get strong, and work really hard towards it, but that also means that the people I hang out with might have similar goals so we can go to gym together as well.

Lynn: So it’s not a thing that I do on my own. It’s a very personal thing and it’s very, I think, individual, especially an injury. You struggle with that injury on yourself, alone, but at the same time I’m surrounded by people who might as well have a goal where they need to go to gym to.

Craig: Is there anything that you are currently struggling with, and I mean that in a very broad sense. It doesn’t have to be like a physical challenge or…

Lynn: I’d say looking back on the past year since moving to Brighton I struggled with a lot of things. First when I moved here I didn’t really like being here. I lived in Austria before moving to England and Innsbruck, the city I lived in, was pretty much the most beautiful place I could imagine living. The weather is always nice or mostly nice, even if it’s winter and it’s cold, the sun is still out. You can go snowboarding, skiing, whatever you want. It’s a very outdoorsy city.

Lynn: Then I moved to England where I didn’t know anyone other than my boyfriend which I think is a very hard situation to be in because you don’t always just want to spend time with one person. You need to have a broader network of people which was hard to build up first. Also because I’m not the most outgoing person, I’m quite shy. Very talkative once I know people, but if I don’t know people, I might seem a little bit distant. So building a network in Brighton was actually hard, and to be honest I did struggle a lot with the weather. It was very, very rainy for the first six months and all I wanted to do was train, and there’s no indoor gyms for Parkour in Brighton, so for me that was literally… that was a nightmare.

Lynn: I moved to the city to train and progress in my sport and I can’t do any of that. And then eventually got used to being here and now I really love it, but then I had new struggles coming up, as I got injured. So I got injured and that kept me from actually training, and the injury that I had is called a anterior tibial cortex fracture, which means that the front of your tibia is broken but only halfway through. It’s a very… it doesn’t sound all too bad, it’s just a stress factor, but other than most fractures, those fractures are very high risk and prone to not heal, or partially heal, so that took me about two years. I actually got my new test results last week saying that clinically I’m actually fully recovered from it.

Lynn: I still feel pain but it’s something I can now work with at least, so that was a massive struggle that I had over the past two years while living in Brighton, but also brought really good things. It forced me to be a little bit more open to other things, other than like, not just Parkour, because I was very focused on Parkour. It was my life, it was what I wanted to do. It still is, but this forced me to start yoga, go diving, enjoy days on the beach, because before that I didn’t really, before moving here, I was so focused on training that going to the beach would have been a waste of time and a little bit. So, yeah.

Craig: I think you are a particularly good person to ask for little details of like, do you keep a training journal, or how do you keep track of what you’re doing, because there are a lot of people who don’t have access to high-level athletes and they’re wondering like, “Okay, I’m weight lifting and I’m running,” and they’re just trying to figure out, like, “How do I program this stuff?”

Craig: Do you do your own programming? Do you do programming, or do you just go out and do what moves you, or… I’m just like, can you unpickle that, or how you do training?

Lynn: I’d say, looking at my background where I’m coming from, I was born into a family of athletes and gymnasts. My mom was a gymnast. She was my coach. I’ve trained at a high level from a young age, up until the age of 11, so I think body conditioning-wise, like body-weight exercises, I have a good knowledge of what I need to do to get my body strong in order to take some certain impacts or to get to reach a goal where I want to go if that’s flip-wise or whatever. Anything that I need to learn.

Lynn: I think I have a good understanding. Body awareness comes with the experience of dance I think I’ve done, but really, only the past two years I’ve actually thought about my training in a different way where I want to supplement it with lifting and strength training, specifically to increase powerful parkour, which seems to be a very weird place to start because I had a broken leg and it’s not very easy to increase your strength while having an injury. So I had to work around that a lot.

Lynn: I also had a lot of pain so I couldn’t actually do anything with my legs and I could only work my upper body so I did do my own programming which was basically just from own experience but then also there’s so much information online. There’s so much crappy information you can find online but if you have a basic knowledge I think of movement and your body, I think you can maybe find the good sources. So that’s what I worked with.

Lynn: I also started yoga by myself, so I bought an online yoga course then started going into courses and so on, but it only worked like a year and then I thought, “Okay, maybe I actually need to work with someone who has a better idea of how to now get my leg stronger again,” because I could start to do lifts and actually carry weight. So I got in touch with a guy called Tom Taylor from xStep. He’s a friend of mine so I actually knew him before and a lot of parkour athletes work with him. He’s specialized in weight training specifically to increase power for athletes, but not just power, also actually the ability for your body to take impact, so it’s like very much-

Craig: All the sides, right? Both, the expansive and contractive.

Lynn: Exactly. So it’s not just, “Okay, this is going to get you powerful.” It’s like, “This is going to get you powerful but also safe,” which seemed like a very good way to go. So beginning of this year I started doing that program. It’s not the only thing I do. I still keep doing whatever I think or I feel is right for my body, supplementing with his program, and I definitely do see the difference now. I think it’s much better to have someone else do a program for you because you don’t really have to think about it. You just go to gym, or wherever you do your training, and you just, kind of, without having to think about it and think of, “Oh, is this right what I’m doing?” You just trust another person. You trust the process, and I really do enjoy that.

Lynn: It might not work for everyone to work like that but I find for me it does work, so I have a fixed routine at the moment of going to gym at least three times a week to do that program. And when it comes to Parkour training I just… I have goals that I want to reach, so I have things… I get very stubborn about things. If I have a challenge in mind I don’t want to do but I can’t psychically do it or mentally, I will prepare myself to work towards that goal, but still in a fun way so it’s not like, “Okay, I’m going to go out there and just train to get that goal.”

Craig: [crosstalk 00:10:54] that way.

Lynn: Yeah. It’s still, like I’m going to do other things but I have my mind set to it very strongly. I’m not the type of person who like forgets about it. I’m still going to be like, “Okay, at some point, I’m going to get a challenge but I know I’ll have to work hard for it,” and I will find ways to get closer to being able to do that, I think.

Craig: I really like your perspective on that, looking at all the different things and then finding, “Oh, here’s a piece where I need help,” and then seeking specific assistance for that. I think that’s a very wise way to do things. I’m wondering, hypothetically, if you could go back five years and give yourself advice, what might you have said to the five-year-ago Lynn knowing that the injury was coming and that the move to Brighton was coming, and all. Like knowing everything you know now, what might you have said? And also, would you have listened, I would also like to know.

Lynn: Yeah. I probably would never listened. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have listened, but I’m pretty happy with how everything turned out after I took the decision to move to Brighton. The way my career went, I mean, professionally I make a living from Freerunning, even throughout the injury and everything, so I think that is going really, really well. An advice I would give to myself would be to rest. I’ve been given that advice by close friends and people that know me and have seen me train, and I had trouble knowing when to stop and when to take a break.

Lynn: I would often train through pain and injury, maybe because that’s what I knew from gymnastics and dance, and my injuries have never been that bad that I had to completely stop. So, definitely, knowing how important rest actually is for your body, and how beneficial it is, and it’s not like, “Oh, now I haven’t done anything today so I feel guilty because actually I should have used that time to train and become better.” And now I see rest is something that’s kind of beneficial and very important and I do enjoy it now, but five years ago I did not enjoy it so much. So, I didn’t do it.

Craig: You clearly have a very long and varied background in movement, and we’ve touched on it a little bit in the intro, and I’m just wondering, can you tell me a little bit about maybe some of the advantages that you see has having had that really deep gymnastics background and then moving through a little bit of silks and things. Can you just tell me a little bit what you think you’ve gotten from all that, and maybe, if you can share some shortcuts for people who have been listening, so somebody who missed the chance to start gymnastics at six.

Lynn: I did start training at a very young age, actually before I even remember, so I pretty much grew up in the gym, which I think had a lot of benefits. It has its downsides, but one of the benefits definitely is that you develop a certain awareness of how your body moves. You also gain knowledge on how to train your body purely, just literally, “What do I have to do to become this strong or what do I have to do to be able to take this impact and not injure myself.”

Lynn: I moved from gymnastics into dance purely because I didn’t like the… maybe not the discipline you need to have in gymnastics, but just, it got to a point where I wasn’t in the Luxembourgish national team and we would have to go on a scale every time, get our weight taken before training, which I think if you’re 11-years-old is very damaging and it was for me, as well. You start having a very twisted relationship with food at a very young age, and I think a lot of people who are in that situation actually struggle with eating disorders later on.

Lynn: I think I quit early enough for me not to be affected very much, but still, training gymnastics is very different from what I do now and how I enjoy movement now. I did go on to dance afterwards which was out of choice but also had a lot of other things that I wanted to do at that age, that my mom just wouldn’t let me. I wanted to play basketball, I wanted to go boxing, and my mom thought they weren’t the right sports for me, so when I picked ballet which was also on my list of things that I wanted to try, she was really happy about that and gave me the okay to try that. I stuck with it. Just dance in general fascinates me. I wouldn’t call it a sport, even though everyone who’s a dancer is an athlete, but we call it more like an art form.

Lynn: I do love art, but I’m very untalented when it comes to anything, singing, drawing, creating stuff, but when it comes to moving with my body, I think I’m all right, or at least I enjoy it enough to put in the effort. So I did that for… actually, until I started Freerunning I kept doing it even when I started my Freerunning training as well. But while I was a dancer, I wouldn’t have considered myself as an athlete because I was incredibly weak. I lost all the strength that I had gained as a gymnast. I also wasn’t very interested in training my body properly the way an athlete would train their body. I was also a teenager, then I went to uni, had definitely different priorities.

Lynn: So when I started with Freerunning… because it also sounds… If you grow up doing so many different sports, people just assume that you’ve always been strong and you started somewhere very high up, but when I started Freerunning I couldn’t do a single pull-up. I was very weak. My body still remembered how to do most flips so I could chuck my body into a foam pit and somehow kind of land on my feet and feel great about it, but I wasn’t actually fully in control of my body. But I think that body awareness that you learn at a very young age is still there and it’s easier to get it… like, actually properly back again and to train your body again to use all that information that you’ve gotten as a kid.

Lynn: But there was a time, definitely, where I wasn’t really into sports and even, I think as a dancer, you are an athlete but only if you train like an athlete. When I was at uni I would go to dance classes twice a week, maybe none if I was too tired or just had something better to do. So, yes, it’s only when you’re done get back to training. It was a very conscious decision of, “Okay now, I want to train as an athlete again,” and even my first two years of Freerunning were more like just showing up and doing flips into the foam pit. It’s not that I didn’t want to put in the effort but I just maybe was lacking the motivation and had to see other people put in the effort, and then think, “This is what I want to do,” and then I actually took the decision to train differently and I think I forgot what the initial question was. I hope I didn’t take it too far.

Craig: Perfectly fine. No, it’s perfectly fine. I’m going to ask, of course, who was the person or the people that you think… Who were the guide stars that pulled you out of, and maybe it was a confluence of leaving uni and not having a ballet school, but I’m just wondering, like, okay, so what was it that pulled you in the direction of Freerunning? Was it certain people?

Lynn: It’s a very emotional story actually that pulled me to Freerunning. I used to be more drawn to dancing. I liked going to my dance classes, and then lost my dad to illness and I didn’t want to continue dancing. I was just too emotional, especially the type of dance I was doing was like contemporary dance, lyrical dance, so it’s very kind of expressing your feelings through movement, and I couldn’t really handle all that grief in that way.

Lynn: Going to Freerunning classes was completely different. It was more like, I’d go there and I could get away from all the emotions I had and be surrounded by people that had a very positive attitude and just look on life. So I made friends there really quickly and it’s also easy to make friends in Freerunning because if you go to dance classes, you go there, you don’t really talk to anyone because the music starts and maybe in between there’s two, like, where the music stops and then a new song plays during the warm-up, you can catch-up really quickly on what happened on the weekend for like a minute, and maybe be shouted at. Or not shouted at, but probably shushed.

Lynn: And then, that’s it. It’s not very social, but going to Freerunning was a very social experience, so I would even go there on days that I didn’t fancy training but just to hang out and be around people. The first few years, as I said, was very just kind of for fun, and I was doing both at the… So, as in time-wise, I started Freerunning before I lost my dad, but it was more like a thing I did for fun with friends but not really seriously, and then afterwards I found that it was the best way for me to deal with grief.

Lynn: I shifted away, which is also what explains maybe that I took this on as my career, because I was at uni at the time and I was very ambitious, I was a very good student, and uni and my grades were really important to me. After my dad died it became very unimportant. It’s not that I thought it was not important, but it was just something that didn’t seem as good as doing movement. Movement just felt like this is what I need to do in life because it feels right for me.

Lynn: So I shifted my focus from sitting at a desk and doing research to going to training and then eventually meeting my boyfriend through parkour as well, and he was already making a living from it, so that’s how I realized that it was possible, because I didn’t even know it was possible to make a living from it. But once that idea got stuck in my head that actually this could be my career and this could be how I live my life for the next maybe 10 years, I actively started working towards that goal which is also one of the main reasons why I moved to England.

Craig: Lynn, are there any projects that you’re working on now, either professionally or just passion side projects? Let’s kind of get a picture of what you’re doing today and over the next six months.

Lynn: I think for the next time, or maybe summer, I want to focus a little bit on being in Brighton and getting back into training properly and enjoying a summer in Brighton, because it’s very, very lovely. I do have some projects coming up, this month actually, and next month as well which are like shows and commercial work in Europe, but I might be going to America in June. It’s not 100% confirmed yet but that would be a mix of training, going to events and also work out there, which I’d be very excited about. But as is usual for this job, until you actually have your flight tickets, nothing is actually happening, as I was meant to go to a trip through South, well not South Africa, all of Africa and ending in the South Africa, starting beginning of June, and that just got canceled three days ago.

Lynn: So that was my plan. That plan did not happen, so now I feel like it opened up to like… I can actually use this time and train. I still have to take it really, really easy with training but it is my main project is to get back into training. I really want to learn how to film and edit this year. My side hobby, or one of my biggest hobbies, probably, is photography. I do enjoy photography and sitting down and editing photos, but I’ve never actually taken the time to learn how to actually film clips in a nice way and then edit them, which is my big project for this year, and we’re half-year in 2019 already and I haven’t done so yet. But I will, hopefully, before Christmas, have a little project that I’ve actually filmed and edited

Craig: I think people will be really excited to see that. And so I guess, that’s like six months a year maybe. Where do you see yourself in five years or 10 years or 15 years? And how far out can you see?

Lynn: That’s so hard because I can’t really see that far. I mean, it’s a very common question especially for people who do have I’d say a normal job, like a very secure, safe job, which they can do up until a high age. They usually wonder what are you going to do once you really can’t do this any more? For now I think… I mean, I haven’t been able to train properly for the past two years, and yet it’s still my job.

Craig: And that’s worked out very well.

Lynn: It worked out really well, I don’t know how I managed to, but I’m not complaining. I’m very happy about it. I do know, though, that there’s like an end date to being a professional athlete the way I am now. I do think I will always be involved with movement. My main income comes from commercial work. I know that it is a good time at the moment to be a woman into sport if you want to pursue it as a career because it is very in fashion to book a female athlete in a sport that’s male dominant because it’s just, the time we’re living in, like, “You can do this girl.”

Lynn: So it’s fortunate for me but I do know that when I maybe turn 35 that maybe my look is not going to be what commercials want to see or what people want to see in commercials.

Lynn: I don’t have a very precise backup plan. I’m not sure exactly where life will take me. I don’t even know if I want to live in Brighton for ever, even though at the moment it looks like I’m actually going to settle down here for a bit, at least. I’ve always thought I wanted to open a gym at some point in my life, and just coach and just run, or maybe, even if I don’t coach but run a gym ideally which is very costly and very scary, as well, because renting a warehouse to build a parkour gym is a little bit different to renting a little studio to do yoga, which is also one of my list of things that I would I think really enjoy doing. Through this injury I got into yoga and I’ve seen benefits, maybe not to my health, but just like my mental well-being.

Lynn: I could actually see myself at the age of 40 or 50 just being dressed like a hippie in a little studio teaching yoga to kids maybe. I don’t know. I’m very open to other things. I could also see myself doing something completely different but it would never to be a desk job. I’m very certain about that. I also know that what I studied is not going to really ever be used in my professional life.

Lynn: I think I was aware of that before I started studying, I just purely did it out of curiosity, but I don’t think I would ever put it to use, which is very sad for my mom because she was really hoping for me to maybe go a little bit of a different career path than what I’m on right now, but, yeah, so I’d say those are my main maybe kind of plans, but they could always change, and photography is a big hobby of mine. I’ve been asked to do some photography jobs in the past, and I’ve always said, or most of the time, said no to it because I don’t want it to be my job, I want it to be my hobby. But if it was to become my job, then that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, I think.

Craig: Lynn, is there anything else that you want to talk about? I know we haven’t even touched on Storm Freerunning specifically. We’ve mentioned it very briefly, but is there anything else you want to share?

Lynn: Yeah, sure, I mean, Storm is such a big part of my life, has become over the past three years. I moved to the UK and wasn’t part of Storm yet, so when I moved here I was… I moved here as this individual athlete, and then shortly after I got asked by the team if I wanted to join them. I was friends with all of them beforehand so I knew everyone, but still I was very happy to actually be officially part of the team, as it’s one of the teams that I used to watch the videos of, with my sister, and be very inspired by the athletes.

Lynn: I loved how they made theor video stuff. They’ve had videos were also really progressive, not just in terms of the movement but also how they were made and how much effort went into the filming and editing, and now it’s actually a big, a group of friends, we’re not all based in Brighton. Three of us are based in Brighton, a few are based in Exeter, and a few are based in London, Cambridge, but we do get together quite regularly and we do travel together. So often we have projects. The latest project we had was Storm Madrid where in total five athletes flew to Madrid for a filming project. I was just there because I wanted to be but I wasn’t actually doing anything in front or behind the camera other than taking a few photos.

Lynn: But Kie was filming and there was Ed, Joe and Tim that were the athletes of the video and it was very inspiring and motivating to see them create lines for the video. And I think if you watched the video, it is amazing, but if you’re actually there and you see how much effort goes into it and how much emotion all of the athletes run through before and during filming, those lines, and how harsh they were on their bodies, that sometimes is actually incredible, and it’s just something I’m very proud to be a part of and involved with, and every athlete in the team brings something so distinct, very special to the team. Like we work hard to create a clothing brand and that is so much work and it’s hard just to I mean come up with the idea of what type of clothing do you want to have for the next say winter or summer line? How many of those do we have to, or can we produce even? Who would buy that?

Lynn: Just going through all of the things that you’d have to think about that are like business side of the team. It’s very interesting and I’ve grown a lot. I started my own little project within the clothing side of things which was Storm Women. In times of injury because I thought, “Right, I’m given something to do and something to work towards,” and we didn’t have any clothing specifically for women, even though most is unisex. But if we say unisex, we all know that is actually made for men and women also fit in it because they’re small enough to.

Lynn: So I thought it would be nice to have a line just for women, even if it was really small, just to show appreciation for all the women that are actually into sport because I think, even though it’s a very welcoming community, it’s actually hard as a woman to be in a sport that is so male dominant, so I did that. And Storm gave me all the freedom to work with that which was great, and then I learned so much in terms of camera and even photography, just everything really. Like creating art, because it’s not just about the movement, it’s really about creating something that is so pleasing to the eye, regardless of what the moves are that are in the video, which I really enjoy, so it allows me to combine things that I’m passionate about. They’re all so different and yet work together so well in the team and I hope I can bring something to the team as well, so I’m very happy to be involved in… I think we have a good team of athletes and I’m very excited that we have more projects coming up this summer.

Craig: Lynn, before we wrap up, I mentioned in the introduction that you’re, I don’t know how to put it, like working for or part of engaged in the XDubai project, and I don’t know that that’s really gotten as much awareness and visibility that it should have gotten, so can you give me just like the 30 thousand foot view? Like, what is it? And then dive down and tell me what you’re actually doing with it?

Lynn: Okay. So, XDubai is pretty much a… I want to say company, who works to promote Dubai as a city of action sports, so they try to get people interested in coming to Dubai because in Dubai you can actually do anything you want, and they have a lot of… They have the XLine which is like a zip line through the city. They have the human sling shot, like a… like you sit into, strapped into a harness and-

Craig: [crosstalk 00:31:03] indoor skiing

Lynn: … catapulted into the air. Yeah. So indoor skiing might not be XDubai, but I mean they do a lot of things, and Dubai is, as a whole, you can… I mean, skydiving is part of it… You can do anything in Dubai, really, and XDubai is just a company, kind of promotes the city and they… I was lucky enough to be asked to be one of the sponsored athletes which seems a little bit weird because I don’t live in Dubai, but they basically reach out to athletes all over the world, that they just have been following on social media maybe and found that interesting to get on their team, and they get us out to Dubai regularly to just do fun projects.

Lynn: Sometimes their commercial work for like a specific part of the city because Dubai is always growing, so there’s new part of the city, and then we do a promotion for it. When I say “we” it would be Kie and me. Kie, my boyfriend, he’s sponsored by XDubai as well. And it’s just a really, really fun company to work with. I really couldn’t ask for a better sponsor. They sponsored me in 2016 just literally like a couple of days before right a lot of motion and what seemed like a very, very good start for me. I took home like best female award that year, just got sponsored by XDubai that year also, joined Storm Freerun, the team in London here, but then, got injured relatively quickly afterward, I think beginning of 2017. And XDubai has been having my back since then through all of the injury, which I think is not something to take for granted.

Craig: Right. That speaks highly, right?

Lynn: Yeah. And I like really enjoy working with them. We’ve had some projects that haven’t always been just Freerunning. Once they got me out for a project where they got out Kie and me, Damon Waters who’s like a stunt performer from the UK, also sponsored by XDubai, a wakeboarder and a couple of other people, and they got us to do things that, well, at least, I normally don’t do, so we jumped off Tolerance Bridge, but it was like a swing, like a bridge swing, which I’ve never done before, and it was five meters high up. Very much out of my comfort zone.

Lynn: It was very safe, because, I mean, we had people around, like the whole river was blocked off then. It was people, safety people, divers-

Craig: It’s on a rig, right, professionally rigged?

Lynn: Yeah. I mean it was still scary to do and I failed the first attempt so I went straight into the water because I didn’t hold on to the sling, like the handles, because the force, the anchor point was actually above where we were… no, below where we were jumping from, so we jumped and there was like a moment of no…

Craig: [crosstalk 00:33:59] freefall.

Lynn: Yeah. And then the initial impact, I just couldn’t hold on and I just went straight into the water. I wasn’t the only one, but I was the first one who did that. So that was really fun. It’s like something… It’s definitely a memory that I’ll always have. Like that moment of just doing something I hadn’t done before and I don’t think you’ll ever get the chance to jump off Tolerance Bridge other than if you get permission from the city of Dubai to do that.

Lynn: They’ve also surprised me with skydiving. I think about just really nice things when I go to Dubai that I get to do, and there’s a few projects coming up in the future that I’m looking forward to as well, which I can’t talk about too much yet. But it’s just such a fun company to be involved with, and just knowing that they have my back through all of the injury and get me out to Dubai for treatment, or just…

Lynn: Like I recently took part in the government games in Dubai, which is a very weird… If I had to describe it because it’s unlike anything I’ve done before but I describe it as a mix of ninja warrior or cross-fit, mental-like team game challenges, where you just basically compete against other teams. It was six women in our team, and it was just a really, really fun experience. I had a whole month in Dubai of training with other athletes. They weren’t Freerunners, they were like cross-fitters and just some were trail runners, so just a mix of different people, and a different experience altogether, and just training with Freerunners. So I’m grateful for that opportunity and very much looking forward to more projects in the future.

Craig: I said it before, I’ll say it again. I love to collect stories because the type of story that people pick and how they tell the story, the passion in their heart comes through, and that’s part of what I really enjoy most about this is hearing people tell their stories. So, Lynn, is there a story that you’d like to share?

Lynn: I think there’s a lot of little stories, but one that I think about sometimes and it gets me to giggle, orI think of myself as like having been so cute where I started parkour, looking up to people. They eventually became my friends and still are my friends. I remember looking up to people like Shirley and Fizz from the UK, they had a video coming out that was called Movement of Three, which funnily I only remember the two of them in there, maybe because they are the two that I met in real life as well, early on in my training, and then I was a big fan of Lucy.

Lynn: She was at the time maybe the only one who put out regular videos or regular-ish videos, and I would look at them and I watched them with my older sister who was also doing parkour at the time in the local gym in Innsbruck, just like for fun, nothing serious, she never actually got into it properly. We watched these videos and I don’t know, it was just so out of reach, everything Lucy was doing was just amazing, and I actually met her the first time. I mean, I say met her the first time, I saw her the first time, she did not see me, when I was in America, and I was really excited.

Lynn: I was like, “Oh, my God, that’s Lucy,” and I got to see her train a little bit, not too much because she was actually doing work. She worked as a stuntwoman already, which I didn’t know at the time, so she wasn’t around all that much, but I did see her. And then I went to visit Pam Foster from Vienna, like I don’t know, a couple of years later. Maybe not even a couple of years later. Just, maybe a year later, and trained with her, and then it just happened that Lucy was doing her Europe tour and she was in Vienna at the same time I was. So I was like, “Oh, my God, maybe I’m getting to see her again.” And then I actually bumped into her on the street and she hugged me and said, “Oh, hey, Lynn, how are you doing?” And I was just blown over. She knew my name. So that’s something that I think about sometimes, and like, oh my God, she was actually…

Lynn: I mean, now we’re friends and I look at her I start… When I meet her she’s just normal, but at the time it wasn’t really. I was like, she was such a big idol to me, and she was probably the reason why… Like not the reason I started Parkour but maybe the reason why I had goals I wanted to reach because she gave me something to be like, “Oh, I want to be able to do this.” Not that I ever thought I could, but it was like, “Oh, that would be cool. So cool if I could actually do this.” So, yeah, that’s something I like to think back and then especially if my people maybe text me or at jams come up to me and say that maybe I’m that person for them, that makes me very happy that I maybe inspire someone to get into this sport or maybe just try the sport in the first place.

Craig: And of course, the final question. Three words to describe your practice.

Lynn: I’d say patience, it’s the first word that comes into my mind after two years of struggling with an injury. I did learn how to be patient. I had no choice.

Lynn: Then I would say passion. I’m very passionate about what I do. I do believe that if you’re not passionate about something, it’s impossible to stick with it and do a good job. I think you only do a good job if you actually do it with heart. So I think I’m very passionate about what I do.

Lynn: And the third thing, how would I describe my practice, I would say it’s very social. Even though I’m a very individual person and I do like my quiet, I think my practice most of the time is very social. When I think about training it usually comes with thinking about hanging out with people that I really like, so, even on days I don’t train, I still join that practice maybe to hang out. It’s just my… pretty much my whole life evolves around movement and I’m very happy that that’s the way it is.

Craig: Thank you very much, Lynn. It’s been a pleasure.

Lynn: Thanks for having me.

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