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Personal Trainer

Jen Besten


Results come when you get comfortable being uncomfortable.

— Mike Tyson

Jenifer Besten relocated from Chicago, IL where she worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for World Gym.  She received her personal training certification from International Sports Science Association and her running certification through USA Track and Field.  Jenifer is a competitive runner who has placed in many races and qualified for the Boston Marathon a total of 10 times. This past fall she placed in the Steamtown Marathon, the Baltimore half marathon & ran the New York City Marathon.

Jen’s specialty is in Competitive Running. She works closely with her coaching clients to help develop their individual running goals.  She believes runners must cross-train and do sport-specific exercises to help prevent injury, especially as they get older.  Jenifer has coached many clients from beginner to Boston qualifiers.  Her focus is on working with the athlete to develop an individualized plan that fits into the person’s life and results in running success.

Jenifer graduated from East Stroudsburg University.  Prior to working in the fitness industry, she worked for six years in the advertising field and four years in legal real estate.  Now a mother of three, she devotes her time to school, coaching & trains for the Boston Marathon.


  • B.A. Political Science and Criminal Justice

  • USATF Coach

  • NASM Small Group Specialist



  • Method CRA-Test certified

  • FMS

  • Power Plate


  • Run coaching

  • Small group training

  • Speed and pacing

  • Strength Training


By race day, I knew that there was nothing more that I could do to prepare. Jen and I had met to talk race strategy (which boiled down to “Don’t get all excited and go out too fast!”), pre- and post-race nutrition, pacing, hydration, when to fuel on course, and what do if I hit “the wall”. She was there in Philly, running the 1/2 Marathon. She gave me a hug and we parted ways to our corrals. The 2015 Philadelphia Marathon was an unqualified success: I finished in 4:19, almost an hour faster than I had in 2014! That was possible only because of Jen’s coaching, her training plan, and her constant, unwavering support. I had finally had the marathon experience I was looking for! Hiring her was some of the best money I have ever spent.

— Susan Kalet

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6 Partner Exercises For Couple’s Fit Fun

People who sweat together stay together! Spice up your date night or grab a friend any day of the year for this partner workout by Personal Trainer Jen Besten.

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