Today, we received the sad news that Jenny Lynn-Powell died of a seizure last night. She was 49. Lynn-Powell grew up in Petaluma, California, north of San Francisco, and credits cheerleading with inspiring her passion for fitness. She began weight-training after high school when she was an aerobics instructor and competitor. As a fitness competitor, she earned her pro card in 2001 at the NPC USA, only one year after her amateur debut, and then competed in four IFBB Pro League fitness contests.

In 2003, the figure division was created (with a focus on less muscle than bodybuilding and without the acrobatic routines of fitness). It was a perfect fit for Lynn, who promptly won the inaugural Figure International at the 2003 Arnold Classic. That was merely the first of her 12 pro figure titles, including the ultimate, Ms. Figure Olympia, which she won in 2006 and 2007. Lynn last competed in the 2009 Figure Olympia. In recent years, she focused on network marketing and online coaching. Lynn-Powell is survived by her husband, Ricky Powell. The Barbell offers our condolences to her family, friends, and fans.

Lynn on the cover of the February 2005 Flex magazine