Jess Newell

Jess Newell


1k row: 3:30

5k row: 19:10

open ocean mile swim: 21:00


I am a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer.

About Coach

I began Crossfit 5 years ago to help build strength after having several injuries playing water polo. The skills and mobility I’ve gained in CrossFit allowed me to play water polo for a Top 10 Division 1 program at UC Irvine. Now, I’m an ocean lifeguard for San Diego and like to hone my ocean skills by doing surf lifesaving exercise events and competitions. I’ve always been active: running half marathons, competing in track and cross country in high school, competing in a competitive high school league for swim, and doing anything in the ocean! I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences while coaching.

Turning Point

I was beginning the college athletics recruitment process my junior year in high school when I began to have intense shoulder and knee pain from playing through injuries. I was seeing a physical therapist who told me I had to put in serious work (rehabbing and strength building) if I wanted to be healthy enough to play at the collegiate level. It was that or possibly never play again. I felt like the dream that I worked so hard for was slipping out of my grasp. I felt very defeated, just being in so much pain and still trying to perform well in my sports. When I started my strength training and my Crossfit journey, the voice of doubt in my mind got quieter and I began to fully invest in my growth as an athlete. It required patience I didn’t know I had but it was worth it in the end, after all the tears and times I thought I would give up. When I signed my commitment contract to UC Irvine, I felt so proud for pushing through the tough times and for building a future for myself where I can move without pain.

Motivation & Passion

I want the members that I teach to know just how much I care about helping them be the healthiest versions of themselves so that they can accomplish all of their goals inside and outside the gym. This is a powerful community, and I want to be the best supporter in everyone’s journeys to achieving their goals- all while doing a ton of burpees.

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