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.”