Jess has always had a thirst for an active lifestyle. She started her athletic career in middle school, by dipping her toes in various sports, such as horseback riding, volleyball, and field hockey. In high school, she ditched the team sports and focused on track and field. Her favorite event, sprinting, followed her to Oswego State University where she earned a degree in Human Development. Her sprinting skills were noted by the collegiate rugby club ,and she was recruited to play for their team. Rugby has been a passion of Jess’s that has stayed with her up until today. She has coached at the high school level, has captained several teams, and has even had the opportunity to compete with nationally recognized women on international soil. Through rugby, Jess stumbled upon CrossFit, which strengthened her endurance, stamina, and strength on the rugby pitch.
Coaching rugby has been a positive influence on Jess’s ability as a CrossFit Trainer. She creates a friendly atmosphere where people feel motivated, yet reflective on their accomplishments. Clients often comment on her ability to give positive feedback that will improve their fitness and help them achieve their goals.
Jess’s goals include muscle ups and becoming more efficient at box jumps and toes to bar. She understands the frustration people often encounter when they’re struggling with a movement.
“I’ve been face to face with challenges that, at the time, appeared impossible to overcome. There are so many emotions that surround the possibility of defeat, but it’s important to keep your goals in sight and set your ego aside. Some of these complex and/or seemingly simple movements can be quite humbling though absolutely informative of what your body needs in order to perfect your performance.” – Jess
When Jess isn’t training, you can find her working in the city schools as a school psychologist or practicing myofascial release work as a licensed massage therapist. She enjoys paddle boarding, skiing, reading, escaping to the Adirondacks or Canandaigua Lake, and writing inspirational articles on her website www.jessica-hayden.com