Client Stories

Sam “I was looking for something more exciting”

Coach James recently sat down with CFJG athlete Sam to discuss what first brought her to CrossFit 2 years ago, how she stayed motivated during quarantine and what goals she wants to accomplish next.

What made you come to CrossFit Jungle Gym?

“I had been doing a lot of work with a personal trainer for a while and I was doing a lot of circuit training, which was good, I built a lot of strength. I was looking for something more exciting something with more goals in mind, with more variety.”

Tell us some successes that you have had over the last 90 days?

“Well I have had a big increase in strength, in weight lifting, I do a lot of weightlifting. When we went into quarantine a lot of what I did was strict work and just strength work and I think that helped my overall strength. That was probably the biggest improvement for me over the last 90 days.”

So during COVID you were doing mostly strength work. You came out of COVID working on strict stuff – What was the first sign that when you got back here(after quarantine) that the strength work did something for you?

“I think that just starting to work with the barbell again. I started off doing pressing and even just cleans and it came back really quick. The technique was there – I got a little of technique work in during covid. Adding technique on just helped me to maintain where I was and go off from there.”

So over the last 90+ days with COVID and everything else, what is something that we helped you overcome?

“I think just not getting completely off track. We did a lot of the online programming, just keeping me on track and keeping me motivated.”

What is next for Sam?

“Definitely work on pull ups again, because those did drop off a little bit. Getting my strict strength back up with that, hopefully 10 strict pull ups. Kipping is still pretty good, hoping to get some butterfly pull ups again, which we haven’t worked on in a little while. Conditioning is pretty good but I still want to work on that a little more.”

There is a Sam at home watching this video – what do you say to the other Sam about CrossFit Jungle Gym?

“I would definitely give it a try you don’t have to have any level of fitness coming in here. You can start with the intro, the 60 day intro is great. I started just going over how to do an air squat, going over how to do a push up. If your at that level you’ll start from the beginning and work your way up. If you’re a little more advanced which I had a lot of that coming in, I had strict pull ups and stuff coming in – I was still at a point where I could go from there. Whatever level of fitness that you’re at, you can start anywhere and progress and everything can be modified. So it seems intimidating but it shouldn’t be, just go ahead and give it a try.”


WOD 8/29/2020


8 Rounds

  • 400m Run
  • 12 Alt Pistols
  • 10 Russian KB Swing 70/53
  • 200m Carry with KB
  • 8 Pike Push Ups
  • 6 Pull Ups

WOD 8/26/2020


Every 2:00 x 5

  • 4 Back Squat


  • 800m Run


5 Rounds

  • 10 Back Squats 155/105
  • 50 Double Unders

WOD 8/23/2020

Hero Workout – “Helton”

3 Rounds For Time

  • 800m Run
  • 30 DB Squat Cleans 50/35
  • 30 Burpees

U.S. Air Force Security Forces 1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton, 24, of Monroe, GA, assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL, was killed September 8th, 2009, while on a mission near Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Helton is survivedby his mother, Jiffy Helton.

The “Helton” Hero WOD was first posted on the CrossFit Main Site as the workout of the day for Friday, September 10, 2010


WOD 8/22/2020


3 rounds

9 min AMRAP

  • 7 snatch 95/65
  • 5 push ups
  • 200 m run
  • 7 backsquats
  • 5 pull ups
  • 100m med ball carry

Then1 min rest

*pick up where you left off


The Community that is CrossFit

It's not uncommon to see a supportive hug before or after any CrossFit workout.

When people come into a CrossFit gym there are a lot of differences as compared to your “Globo” gyms.  The lack of “machines”, minimal heat in winter, the opposite in summer.  But the one thing that many people see as a huge difference is the community.   

Most people that go to “the gym”, might know 2-3 people there.  You might chat real quick, maybe nod and smile, but past that, it’s pretty much it.  So why is it different at CrossFit. 

The community starts from when you first walk in, getting to know the coach, building a dialogue, and they start to get to know you.  Then you get in class, you’re now around people that are looking to get fit, same as you.  You start to talk to someone, next thing you’re laughing or swearing about the upcoming workout or the WOD you just did.  You are building a bond, you’re becoming close to that person.   


Next thing you’re doing the same thing with someone else, you’re feeling a common bond.  Closeness.  Everyone feels the same thing you’re going through, everyone is in it together.  The community of CrossFit builds the closeness….. 


Once you build the closeness….the many get built… ( to be continued: The Many).