Jenna spent her teens and early 20’s living, studying and working in New Jersey (USA). She studied Psychology and graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey although she flopped around from school to school a bit, also studying at both Clemson University and Montclair State. When Jenna returned to the UK in 2012, she was unsure of what her next career move should be – graduate school or full time work?
Jenna had always been physically active and liked the idea of an adventurous life so she strongly considered joining the army. Her army recruiter suggested she tried CrossFit for strength and conditioning. So she did. Having bounced around in all sorts of sports growing up, from Karate to Swimming to Ice Hockey to Gymnastics (just to name a few!)…but nothing stuck quite like this. It transformed her goals, how she saw herself and who she wanted to be. Not long arefter Jenna joined she completed her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification and quit her day job to start interning under Brian and some of the other coaches, most notably Duncan, Karl and Matt.
I started Crossfit at the end of 2012 however after suffering a back injury in 2013 I was left with limited mobility and was in chronic pain for about 10 months. Although working through this was difficult both physically and at time mentally, through the loss of movement I realised just how passionate I am about coaching and training and began to make plans to make my goals a reality. I spent the rest of my rehabilitation period interning to be a coach at a busy central london crossfit gym and I began coaching full time in December 2014.
Once my injury healed I was able to train again, and I did so with vengeance. I trained everything – Crossfit, Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Track, Swimming, Rowing – I wanted to be well rounded. I found my biggest chink in my chain was my weightlifting. After competing at Battle of the Beasts in 2014 I realised that a light athlete I needed to get doubly strong to keep up with the strong girls in Crossfit so I focused in on weightlifting for a while.
I competed in my first weightlifting competition in July 2014 for a bit of fun with very little knowledge of the sport (I actually brought my Speedo swimsuit instead of my lifting singlet but luckily I was able to borrow a mens XL lifting singlet from one of the coaches) I fell in love with the sport and continued competing, gaining both strength and knowledge. I swapped my Speedo for a singlet and upgraded my Nano’s for weightlifting shoes. The following year I took Gold at regionals at the 2016 national weightlifting championships I took home the Bronze which is my biggest athletic accomplishment so far.
Although I love weightlifting, my heart really lies in Crossfit and competing as part of a team which is what I will be focusing on in the coming future.Jenna currently holds the following qualifications and certifications: