Client Stories

“Totally changed how I look at meal prep and eating!” Caitlin Kane

Caitlin recently completed on last nutrition challenge and lost 8.3 lbs and 5.75 inches. When asked what her favorite part of the challenge was Caitlin stated it was how quickly she felt progress. See her full story below!

You’ve been a member for some time now and you just completed the five week nutrition challenge. Why did you sign up for the nutrition challenge?

“I signed up for the nutrition challenge because I had been in a really good routine working out consistently and I felt ready to take on the changes that I needed to make better nutrition choices.”

Tell us a little bit about the successes you have had over the last five weeks.

“Over the last five weeks I have totally changed how I look at meal planning and what I’m eating. For me, a big thing was learning about meal prep, what choices were best and why. Over the last five weeks I’m eating cleaner and feeling better just by what meal choices I’m making. It’s been eye opening to what meal choices I was making before and not really conscious of it. That was a big thing for me.”

What was your first sign that you were making progress?

“First sign of making progress was how clothes were fitting. It came quicker than I thought it was going to actually. “

Were there any results that you got that maybe as coaches we wouldn’t have noticed?

“It impacted how I was sleeping. Because it’s impacting how I’m able to workout, which you may be able to see in the gym but not on paper. Its made a difference in performance and in my sleep routine and habits.”

What was a big obstacle that you faced that we helped you overcome during the challenge?

“A big obstacle for me was being more organized and planning in advance. I was looking forward to the challenge for the right tools for prep and being accountable. Prepping and making those choices. The challenge helped me get more organized. I quickly learned that the “stress” of taking a day and prepping meals and getting those good options easily available was much less than the stress of not having meals ready or good choices ready. That’s the biggest take away for me and knowing that I’m going to continue doing this because it’s changed my whole mind set. Its much easier to just take the time to make good things easily available. That’s less stressful than floundering trying to make good choices on the fly.”

You had good success, what were the top contributing factors?

“I loved the community aspect of it. Yes you earned your point checking in with people or using the Facebook group. It really did help get ideas from how other people are trying new recipes or what other people are struggling with, in the beginning, getting things going. It really helped a lot that you had this small group with like minded goals and like minded struggles at first. During Covid we couldn’t all necessarily be together, but it was something to look forward to connect and share, bounce ideas off each other. That was really big for me.”

If someone else was sitting at home, as the same person you were five weeks ago, what would you tell them about the nutrition challenge?

“I would tell them that the nutrition challenge is an important first step to take. Because I know five weeks ago, I thought – oh yeah I know I need to make better choices, I need to make some changes. The nutrition challenge helps you realize its just small changes that are very realistic, but if you keep them consistent and you’re held accountable and with like minded people, you realize that it’s not some broad big jump to take, its little steps that make a big difference over time. Five weeks ago I thought I had an idea of, okay yeah eat better, eat cleaner, but the challenge makes it realistic and is the perfect guide to make it realistic for your everyday. “


Chase Goals, Not Butterflies

This is why you have (or should have) a coach:

There’s too much information out there. You know you can’t do, research, and filter everything. A lot appears to be good, certainly sounds good… so what should you do?

There are a million meal plans, fad diets, fly by night ab programs, legititmate programs, scam products, supplements, equipment you name it…

You can’t do it all, you shouldn’t do it all and doing more than you should only overwhelms you. I was as guilty as anyone has ever been 7 years ago…

You’ve heard of overtraining, you certainly don’t want to get hurt. What is lesser known is there’s a minimum, optimal and maximum amount to workout for each person. Just like there is optimal amounts of food to eat.

Too little, and your progress will be slow. Doing too many workouts can have the exact same effect or worse.

We choose CrossFit for our group training because it’s a great balance: It’s not too little of any one thing and it’s not too much of any one thing. Sometimes you’ll be attempted to do extra… the same WOD twice in one day even. This is NOT the path to success.

For a big portion of the general populations more is better, but not because better but because something is better than nothing… More is NOT better. Better is better. 1 is better than 0 but 7 is not necessarily better than 5.

You have a coach. That coach is your filter.

Your coaches are here to tell you what’s optimal, not what’s minimal.

At CrossFit Jungle Gym, our coaches want to talk to you every 3 months. One-on-one, in person. We want to put you on the InBody, ask about your goals, review your progress and then give you the best possible prescription.

E-mail [email protected] to book your goal review. It’s part of your membership!

There is no need for you to guess what you should do…

We don’t want you wasting time on fad diets, just because a paids spokesperson said you should. We don’t want you wasting a year of your life and effort trying to solve problems we’ve already solved before. We don’t want you doing something just because your gym buddy is either. We want you on the right plan for you! Your goals, your budget, your obstacles, your life all affect your plan. Do you need group training to accomplish your goals? Do you need a better nutrition plan? Tell us what you want to do, we’ll tell you how to get there the best way that fits for you! That’s what our coaches do.

You have a coach.

They’re a filter. Taking 100 potential solutions and boiling them down to the 1 that will work for you. You don’t need to get the 4 year degree, the 12 different certifications, the 1000’s of hours of experience, you need those people to assess your position in relation to success, then point to your next step.

Next time you see a supplement, diet plan, shoe, or “spicy workout” and think “I NEED THAT” ask your coach if it fits your goals. Take it from me… I was a test dummy for all the things you think you should try… so were the other coaches. Pull from their experience… your results will come much faster than ours!

Brian Zimmerman

Inspiration provided by Chris Cooper at


Setting Yourself Up for Success

Setting Yourself Up for Success

We don’t rise to the level of our challenges; we fall to the level of our preparation.

“Commitment devices” set us up for long-term success: using our bodies and brains in the way they’ve evolved to be used.

Our bodies are optimized to save energy. We’ve evolved for thousands of years, our brains and bodies seek the path of least friction. AKA, we take the easiest route. We’re pretty good at it.

Scrolling through Facebook is easier than getting out of bed. We put off our lunch because it’s cold outside … and then grab the kiddos cookies off the counter because it’s convenient.

Making good habits is not simply overcoming bad ones or continually creating lots of effort to keep up our motivation. That kind of effort is not sustainable. Instead, we need to leverage our natural defaults to succeed.

Setting defaults is a choice you make NOW that will control your actions in the future. For example, if you make an appointment with your personal trainer, you’ll show up at the gym. If you join a soccer team, you’ll show up for the games. And if you prepare your lunches in advance for the week, you’ll eat them.

Here are two very simple defaults you can set up right now:

  1. Book your appointments for the week (this has been a secret benefit of the COVID regulations!)
  2. Write down what your lunches will be for the week.

To make it easy, either eat the same thing every day OR plan your dinners for the week and carry the leftovers over to the next day’s lunches.

  1. Write up your grocery list.
  2. Go to the store.
  3. Buy the groceries you’ll need for all of your lunches.
  4. Set aside one hour for food prep TONIGHT.
  5. Chop up your vegetables, proteins, nuts and seeds.
  6. Put them into separate containers.
  7. Make enough for the full week.

What’s it look like? Here’s Cherie and Matt Chan doing meal prep.

You don’t need to get fancy:

Most of us already have defaults… we eat the same thing most of the time, and that’s just fine. Save your variety for dinner.

Having defaults removes friction and the burden of choice. Do your future self a favor: Make positive defaults in advance!

Make CFJG your default…

If you’re not a current member, that means you don’t already know about how a coach dedicated to your success is the ultimate positive default… so book your Free Intro Session here to find out why!

Brian Zimmerman

Owner- CrossFit Jungle Gym

Inspiration provided by Chris Cooper at