When she was younger if you asked Jess’ family if she was an athlete they would look at you funny and think “Jess? Our Jess?” But, she always knew she was an athlete, maybe not your “typical” athlete but rather a person who was always active. Jess grew up dancing in everything from little recitals to Nutcracker productions. When not dancing, you could find her rollerblading, racing her friends on bikes or creating something in the kitchen. From a young age she loved nutrition and fitness.
In high school Jess tried a few different sports but didn’t really like any of them. So she joined a gym and loved it. She got her free personal training session and did that one routine over and over again. In college, she continued to workout but never ventured out beyond the machines and treadmill. “That” other section of the gym with metal plates, bars and dumbbells was so intimidating, so she stayed away.
Soon after college Jess had her first child. She was then faced with the challenge of balancing motherhood, being a wife, working and trying to maintain her fitness level. She quickly became the queen of the exercise video. After daughter #1 she did Tae bo, daughter #2 Windsor Pilates, daughter #3 Turbo Jam. She finally had enough and decided to try the gym again. With a goal in mind, she set out to be in great shape by her 30th birthday. She read everything she could get her hands on. Ditching the machines Jess grabbed the barbells and free weights. She forced herself to get over the fear of weightlifting. In a few short months her body changed and she was inspired. Soon after that Jess became a certified Personal Trainer and Les Mills Body Jam instructor. The fire had been lit inside her! She trained consistently and ran a ½ marathon in NYC. For Mothers day she asked for P90x, which she did for 90+ days. Still she craved something more and wanted to be with people who felt as passionate about fitness as she did. Thankfully a friend suggested CrossFit. During a google search she found the most amazing picture of a CrossFit female competitor running up a muddy hill with a sandbag on her back. Jess’ first thought was: “I have to do that!”
On Nov 17, 2009 Jess’ CrossFit adventures began. Her first CrossFit WOD was “Cindy.” She was instantly hooked. Today Jess still walks into the gym with excitement and she can honestly say that CrossFit has been one of the top life changing events in her life. Not only has CrossFit made her physically stronger but it has made her a better mother, wife, and person. It has taught her to not fear the unknown but to embrace it. CrossFit has taught her how to dig deeper in life and in workouts. For Jess there is no other way, there’s no looking back.
Jessica resides in Madison with her husband Alan and three daughters.
Contact Jessica at: Jessica@HammonassetCrossFit.com
Graduate from UCONN and University of New Haven
Registered Dietitian (RD)
State of Connecticut Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN)
Member of Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition practice group
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
2017 CrossFit Games Master Qualifier (40-44) 58th (Worldwide)
2017 CrossFit Games Opens Finisher (40-44) 1st (Connecticut)
2017 CrossFit Games Opens Finisher (40-44) 13th (Northeast)
2016 CrossFit Games Opens Finisher (Individual Women) 211th (Northeast)
2013 Northeast Regional Athlete—Individual Competitor
2011, 2012, 2013 Northeast Regional Qualifying Athlete
2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 Northeast Regional Team Competitor
2011, 2012, 2013, First Place CrossFit Legitimus Mom Competition
2010 Personal Trainer for NBC30 Biggest Loser
2010 NYC MORE 1/2 Marathon