Step Into Fitness (February 2008)

“The single most significant step in your entire fitness program is that very first step.” — STS Fitness & Health Center website ( 

The Sons of Norway recognizes the importance of healthful physical activities to prolong and improve the quality of our lives. The organization has established a sports medals program to encourage physical fitness among our membership. Our new lodge president, Rick Nelson, will kick off our February program by reviewing the Sports Medal Program and sharing his personal experiences in earning sports medals. Sports medals can only be earned by SON members. Come and learn how to earn your own sports medal. 

Our featured speaker for February is Linda Rudd, a personal trainer and co-owner of STS Fitness and Health Center. We asked Ms. Rudd to be our speaker in February because: 1) February is American Heart month, and 2) most Americans do not engage in the recommended weekly physical activity. Ms. Rudd will share tips to help you get started with and maintain a fitness program. She promises to share some activities that we can do sitting down and some that can be done with common items found in our homes. Come and learn from a fitness pro! 

—Kristin Stone, Program Chair

Meet Linda Rudd

Linda Rudd has been a personal trainer since 1996, having focused on in-home fitness for many years before purchasing STS Fitness and Health Center with her husband, Jim, in 2005. She has a Physical Education degree from Syracuse University and is certified by ACE as a personal trainer. She is also an ACSM designated Health Fitness Instructor. Ms. Rudd sought this designation when she began seeing clients with a wide variety of health issues. 

Born and raised in western New York State, Linda worked for United Airlines as a flight attendant and in management positions before resigning from United to be at home with her daughter. She volunteered in the Junior League of Northern Va. serving on the board of directors in various positions. 

Linda applies the fine art of customer service in her approach to personal fitness training and ownership of a fitness studio. Putting the customer first and treating every client individually is her trademark. She sees clients from 29 to 70 and loves the challenge of working with and helping them achieve their goals. She recently obtained a Moms in Motion pre/post-natal certification and provides up-to-date, safe, and effective exercise programs for moms-to-be and new moms. She enjoys working with a wide variety of clients including older adults with health issues as well as helping prospective brides get into shape for their wedding day. Linda really enjoys providing challenging, appropriate, enjoyable, and varied workouts.

Her hobbies include walking, running, working out, and playing tennis. Linda also enjoys spending time with her family and friends and living in Northern Virginia.