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March Athlete of the Month – Jena Bymaster

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Jena Bymaster is one of our most dedicated, early morning risers. She wins best supporting actress in her group of women because she is always showing up to encourage and support her friends during workouts and the first to cheer on others who finish after her… which is most of the gym! You’ll find her at the top of the leaderboard in a lot of workouts because of her incredible drive and work ethic in the gym. She works with coaches to get better and asks questions when she is unsure of movements. Well deserved, Jena. Congrats!

Tell us a little about yourself. 

Heather and I met at Jupiter High school in the mid-90s and parted ways shortly after graduation. I returned to Jupiter around 2012 with Luke to raise our two boys, Kaleb 16 and Owen 12. That’s when Heather and I reconnected and decided to try out CrossFit. I recently – and happily – turned 40. Luke and I have been married for the last 17 years. I crunch numbers and play with spreadsheets as a Financial Aid Officer at the Academy for Nursing in West Palm Beach.

What’s something about you that others may not know about you? 

Is it okay to call Microsoft Excel a hobby? How many words can I use to describe my nerdiness? I love spreadsheets, am an outgoing introvert, socially inept, I have a degree in environmental science and I used to be a seamstress. Oh, I know almost every lyric to every easy listening rock song known to man – not sure why.

What do you like to do outside the gym?

I love to camp, hike, travel, and clean.

Why did you decide to join CrossFit?  What do you remember most about when you first started?

Heather talked me into buying a Groupon for Cat 5 CrossFit back in 2012 or 2013. I had zero athletic experience and no idea what CrossFit was. I could barely do one sit-up on the first day. Determined to get my money’s worth, I attended class every day of the 90 day Groupon. I was hopelessly addicted to the quantifiable results from the very beginning.

What new belief, behaviors, or habits, adopted since you started BeachFit/CrossFit, have most positively impacted your life?

CrossFit has given me the confidence and willingness to take on a variety of physical activities I never would have tried and the ability to push myself past mental limitations. It has taught me how to work together as a team – how to support others and allow them to reciprocate. CrossFit, the coaches, and the community have taught me to respect my body.

What has been your most memorable workout? 

Open workouts are always fun because they evoke terror and impossibility. Favorites include 15.4 (HSPU & Cleans), Diane, Hotshots 19, and most recently the CFPB Open Tester. I haven’t finished it yet, but I will!

Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?

“Always do your best”

Have you had any setbacks since starting CrossFit, what have you done to overcome them? Actualizing the phrase “crushing it at the gym” has been the only real setback I’ve faced in CrossFit, but I can’t really call it a setback. I was having the best morning and loving the workout when I crushed my pinkie a week ago. Now I get to focus on gaining left arm strength. The setback is letting my team down. I feel bad about that, but I intend to complete the rest of the Open the best I can.

What is the most worthwhile investment you have made since starting CF

A nice jump rope

What do you do on days when you don’t “feel” like going to the gym, what keeps you motivated?

Heather’s guilt trips

What do you love most about CrossFit Palm Beach?

Two of the things that make CFPB superior to any other fitness facility are the coaches’ commitment to continued education and the holistic approach to coaching – emphasizing the importance of mental growth, nutritional education, social interaction, in addition to strength and stamina training. A stellar facility is an added bonus.

What have you become better at saying NO to, and what approaches have worked for you?

I’m still working on self-control and learning to control impulsivity.