Defined Fitness steps up to help family

Noel Lyn Smith

Kressyda Ming

FARMINGTON — Defined Fitness will offer a series of exercise classes this weekend to help raise funds to benefit the family of a cycling instructor who died in a February skiing accident.

Kressyda Ming, 34, taught a cycling class at the fitness facility for about two years.

She died on Feb. 25 from injuries she sustained in a skiing accident at Purgatory Resort, located north of Durango, Colo.

Leah Lien, assistant manager and group fitness coordinator for Defined Fitness, said Ming was always helping people reach their fitness goals as well as encouraging those who were struggling in maintaining fitness.

"Everyone misses her greatly," Lien said adding that the cycling class taught by Ming has been cancelled for now.

Kressyda Ming

Those who knew Ming also knew she was an avid runner, Lien said. She said all the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the family.

In tribute to her love for running, staff members tied shoelaces to an instructor's bike she used and shoelaces have been tied on the trails Ming ran in the Foothills area in Farmington, Lien said.

The first class to start the weekend benefit is body combat express and it will start at 8:15 a.m. Friday.

Classes centering on body pump, cycling, Zumba, hot yoga, body combat and Pilates mat will take place in the mornings, afternoons and evenings from Friday to Sunday.

Since the event is open to the public, a membership to Defined Fitness is not necessary and there will be free child care on Friday and during the Saturday morning classes, Lien said.

The cost for each class is a $5 suggested donation and donations are also being accepted at the front desk until Sunday.

Ming is survived by her husband, Cameron Ming, and their five children, all under the age of 10.

Ming family

Cameron Ming said today that his wife had a love for teaching the cycling class and for the people at Defined Fitness.

"I think it's incredible. I think it's extremely sweet. I'm grateful they're doing it," he said about the weekend fundraiser.

Kressyda Ming was born in Payson, Utah, and she started traveling at an early age, eventually living in at least 13 cities and countries, according to an obituary.

Cameron said they moved to Farmington in July 2014.

"She was a wonderful mother, a wonderful wife, a wonderful friend," he said adding the family continues to adjust as best as possible and are learning to cope "with the void in our family."

He said a comfort is the continued support from friends and family.

Among those helping is Cameron Ming's sister, Channa Ming, who has been staying with the family.

"She's a hard space to fill," Channa Ming said about her sister-in-law.

"She was so passionate about fitness. It's a part of her. You can't know her without knowing that," Channa Ming said then commended the effort by Defined Fitness, which she called "a fitting tribute."

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.