April 10, 2012

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Rest Day


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"I was wounded in Afghanistan on Aug 16, 2011. I lost my left leg below the knee, broke my right leg, broken ribs, sustained a lot of frag to my legs, and the list goes on. Its been less then 7 months since my injury and here I am completing 12.3."
- Jake Pope.

"The Pursuit Of Excellence" with Coach Glassman - video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

Posted by Pukie at April 10, 2012 5:00 PM

Incredible, way to go Jake, really inspirational. Thank you for what you've done and what you've sacrificed. Glad to see such an amazing recovery!

Comment #1 - Posted by: Nathan Seitz at April 9, 2012 5:09 PM

Jake = Awesome!! It can be done!

Comment #2 - Posted by: B. Rhaly at April 9, 2012 5:14 PM


Comment #3 - Posted by: Logan at April 9, 2012 5:18 PM

This video is amazing. After 5 years of owning my affiliates, this still rings 100% true. I can't thank Coach Glassman and the CrossFit community enough.

Comment #4 - Posted by: Jason Ackerman at April 9, 2012 5:21 PM

Jake, first comment I have ever posted in this section, and I have been visiting this site for over 6 months. You truley are a hero and a man who makes the most out of what life deals him. I envy your attitude and determination to succeed. Keep on working hard, no matter how big the obstacles.

Comment #5 - Posted by: Austin at April 9, 2012 5:26 PM

Jake, Way to go and keep pushing yourself. DE OPPRESSOR LIBER.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Edge at April 9, 2012 5:27 PM

Good on ya, Jake!


Comment #7 - Posted by: bingo at April 9, 2012 5:38 PM

Our troops are the best!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Weller at April 9, 2012 5:40 PM

Absolutely incredible!!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Mason at April 9, 2012 5:41 PM

Go Jake go. Words fail, actions shout.

Comment #10 - Posted by: matt h 50 5'11" 179# 1mar11 at April 9, 2012 5:45 PM

Never. Ever. Give. Up.....Respect!

Comment #11 - Posted by: carina at April 9, 2012 5:50 PM


Comment #12 - Posted by: Derek Robinson at April 9, 2012 5:53 PM

For all those who say I can't...meet Jake.

Love it, you are an inspiration!

Comment #13 - Posted by: KyleN (M 28/6'3''/217) at April 9, 2012 5:54 PM


Comment #14 - Posted by: Alex Lofgren at April 9, 2012 5:57 PM

What a stud! And I'm sitting here bitchen' about a little knee inury. I have got to get off my ass.

Comment #15 - Posted by: Dan Whittington at April 9, 2012 5:58 PM

You are an inspirational leader and warrior. thank you for your service!

CMSgt Alex Perry
Command Senior Enlisted Leader, JTF CAPMED
Bethesda, MD

Comment #16 - Posted by: Alex Perry at April 9, 2012 6:05 PM

Jake, you are an inspiration and a true ambassador to the sport. Keep pressing the fight.

Comment #17 - Posted by: J-Ro at April 9, 2012 6:06 PM

Oh my god. THAT's what it takes. Thank you Jake.

Comment #18 - Posted by: J at April 9, 2012 6:08 PM

Keep Doin' Jake and thank you for your service.


Comment #19 - Posted by: Todd at April 9, 2012 6:20 PM

How can they show a picture and story like that AND have it be a rest day! Looks like 12.3 today

Comment #20 - Posted by: Cuentas at April 9, 2012 6:36 PM

Bad. Ass. thank you for your service, and thank you for this incredibly inspirational picture. keep on!

Comment #21 - Posted by: donkey at April 9, 2012 6:46 PM

Jake, thank you for your sacrifice and the dose of inspiration. Keep killing it

Comment #22 - Posted by: Brennan at April 9, 2012 6:52 PM

Thanks Jake for the freedom.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Thrill at April 9, 2012 6:54 PM

You are incredible! I am sorry for your loss, but very inspired by all of your strength and courage.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Steph at April 9, 2012 7:09 PM

Jake!!!!! Absolute BADASSITY!!! Thanks for my freedom and protection. Keep kicking ass!

Comment #25 - Posted by: Trose at April 9, 2012 7:38 PM

Right on brother, get it!!!

Comment #26 - Posted by: drew at April 9, 2012 7:48 PM

THAT is inspiration personified

Comment #27 - Posted by: BL at April 9, 2012 8:04 PM

Hey kids, there's your REAL American Hero! Semper Fi, Jake, and Thanks.

Comment #28 - Posted by: ScottMacArthur at April 9, 2012 8:43 PM

Wow! Thanks for the wake up call and your service

Comment #29 - Posted by: Sean at April 9, 2012 8:55 PM

Thank for your service and your sacrifice. Incredible! God bless you.

Comment #30 - Posted by: Christie at April 9, 2012 9:04 PM

You rock the "Pallet Box Jump" Jake! I would like to see CrossFit make a separate category in the games for our injured war heros, after all look at all the WODs named after you guys.

Comment #31 - Posted by: Ryan Radden at April 9, 2012 9:41 PM

Kick ass !!! You rock man, way to stay in the fight...and never give in!!! Any one can go to Hell, but let's see who can make it back!!! You did brother, true motivation for sure.

75 RR 3 battalion Bravo company 1989-2000

Comment #32 - Posted by: Alan at April 9, 2012 9:47 PM

Hey, guys,
Where are all the great quotes you were regularly putting up on the main site?
I sure do miss them and they are definitely a signature part of the the main site.
Get them back please.

Comment #33 - Posted by: Stephen at April 9, 2012 10:21 PM

hooyah jake!!!

Comment #34 - Posted by: timmy at April 9, 2012 10:33 PM

Well in Jake, nothing can stop you with your drive to over come you will go far. Just imagine if Crossfitwas an Olympic event there would be a Gold medal awaiting you.

Comment #35 - Posted by: Livy959 at April 9, 2012 11:29 PM

@ Stephen

Here's a quote that you find to be interesting.

"Arthur Saxon, the old-time strongman, states that a man should develop strength endurance if he truly calls himself a strong man. This is best expressed in numerous explosive short-time efforts against a heavy or maximum external resistance (wrestling, football, weight lifting), the repetitious lifting of one's own bodyweight (pole vaulting, gymnastics), the continuous long-time numerous repetitions against the medium resistance of water (rowing, swimming) or time factor (440-yard run) and the short or long time sustained exertion against the strong external resistance of an opponent (wrestling)."
-- John Jesse, "Wrestling Physical Conditioning Encyclopedia" (1974)

Comment #36 - Posted by: J.T. at April 10, 2012 4:26 AM

This is what Crossfit is to me. Never giving up! when you get that feeling of stopping, and you don't. thats when you know your really living. great effort Jake . keep it moving!

Comment #37 - Posted by: madfitter at April 10, 2012 4:31 AM

Jake Pope sounds like a total badass.

Comment #38 - Posted by: Jeff at April 10, 2012 5:09 AM

That picture is AWESOME!!!!

I LOVED that speech Coach gave on being a successful affiliate!! LOVED it!

Time to kick this day in the ASS!!!

Comment #39 - Posted by: Zach Even - Esh at April 10, 2012 5:11 AM

Thanks to those of you that left comments, when me and my buddy Dave came up with the idea of submitting a pic I never would have thought it would make the main page! I guess I don't think it's that special because I deal with it every day. I want to thank Walter Reed CF for getting me back in to the sport, And thank you to all of you that left comments, I will continue to push my self untill I physically can't do it any more. And I don't see that being any time soon!

Comment #40 - Posted by: Jake "Smash" Pope at April 10, 2012 7:13 AM

This guy and that place look an aweful lot like a place i go to quite often when not deployed...

Comment #41 - Posted by: Alan Holloway at April 10, 2012 7:21 AM

It 2nd EOD Co. On Lejeune.

Comment #42 - Posted by: Jake Pope at April 10, 2012 7:30 AM


Comment #43 - Posted by: Braden at April 10, 2012 7:33 AM

That is awesome and inspiring! Great job!

Comment #44 - Posted by: Craig at April 10, 2012 7:35 AM

Coaches Prep Course at US CrossFit this weekend was awesome. Beautiful facility. Big thx to coaches , Adrian,Miranda and Eric. They did an awesome job and what a wealth of knowledge. It was also great meeting some really cool trainers from other boxes and getting their feedback. We are really fortunate to have and be part of such a talented community. I have gained so much from this cert and have already started imparting this info to all my clients. Much love CrossFit and heres to striving for excellence.

Comment #45 - Posted by: Zain at April 10, 2012 8:29 AM

Jake= BOSS!!!
Coach G thank you for pursuing excellence and encouraging others to as well.

Comment #46 - Posted by: Zain at April 10, 2012 8:33 AM

Hey Jake, I'd like to talk to you about something I have coming up at CF Walter Reed this Memorial Day if you are interested - its called WOD for Warriors, and the WOD will be "21 Gun Salute" in honor of our fallen. Doesn't matter if you are still local or not- Please hit me up at sam@teamRWB.org if you get a chance. Thanks for all you've already done, hope to hear from you soon.

Comment #47 - Posted by: sam at April 10, 2012 9:56 AM

Ran 5k...first one since last October:


Comment #48 - Posted by: GleichSTL m/34/178/5'10" at April 10, 2012 10:27 AM

LOVE this picture. You truly are an inspiration. Thank you for your service!

Comment #49 - Posted by: mjs at April 10, 2012 10:28 AM


Comment #50 - Posted by: Mike V at April 10, 2012 10:43 AM

WAY TO GO....wow You are an inspiration...Thank you for sharing and most of all, Thank you for Serving!!!


Comment #51 - Posted by: CeCe at April 10, 2012 10:53 AM

Got inspired by Jake (and Cuentas' comment, #20) and did 1/2 of WOD 12.3 as part of my warmup today:

9 min AMRAP 12.3 WOD, scaled: 15 box jumps 20" box, 12 95# pp, 9 t2b (did on ground; pullup bar in use)

4 rounds + 7 box jumps

Better pace and 10# more on pp than 12.3 wod done previously. Helped to keep breathing and stay focused. Right shoulder weakness threatened in round 1 PP, so I upped the hip explosion and all was good after that.

Great conversation before mini-12.3 with gym regular, a Vietnam vet. Haven't seen him in a while, so it's good to know he's hanging in there. Said he'd been sick with meningitis + pneumonia again ('pneumonia 7 times last year'). VA docs now think he 'picked up something over there, in 'Nam.' He has the best attitude of anyone I know, makes a point of talking to everyone in gym, brings a severely autistic kid to work out with him 2-3 times a week -- and has more medical issues than most of us want to think about (to go with serial pneumonia & meningitis, he has a huge boot / prosthesis on right leg -- I think he told me diabetes took some or all of the foot).

Got inspired by thinking about what it takes to overcome, so went for yesterday's 7x1 C&J WOD. Results over there.

Comment #52 - Posted by: matt h 50 180# 5'11" 1mar2011 at April 10, 2012 10:57 AM

...Jake flying = great computer desktop pic

Comment #53 - Posted by: matt h 50 180# 5'11" 1mar2011 at April 10, 2012 11:01 AM

Thanks for your service, Jake. You put me to shame. Thanks for the inspiration.

Comment #54 - Posted by: Samuel Downie at April 10, 2012 11:22 AM

Bad ass...get some!!!

Comment #55 - Posted by: Linds at April 10, 2012 12:07 PM

You using my damn equipment Jake??? I hope so. Looking sick bro, we will be back soon. Looking forward to seeing you.

Comment #56 - Posted by: Chris Stowe at April 10, 2012 12:24 PM

God bless you, Jake Pope!

Comment #57 - Posted by: Military Wife at April 10, 2012 1:50 PM

Haha yea Top we are, times are a lil slow in the STU so its the STU/ Gym for now. And yes I know I owe a case for this! Lol

Comment #58 - Posted by: Jake Pope at April 10, 2012 2:14 PM

'Doing WODs at a well-equipped regular gym is better than joining a Crossfit gym because you don't have to work out in a class so you can work out whenever you want and sub as you please plus it's cheaper.'

Please discuss.

Comment #59 - Posted by: Dessie at April 10, 2012 3:24 PM

...and this picture is why CrossFit is better

Comment #60 - Posted by: Derek at April 10, 2012 3:34 PM

The guy in the picture looks like he's doing a Crossfit WOD on his own time in his own space instead of joining a box.

Maybe my original post was unclear. I'm not debating the merits of doing Crossfit. I'm just asking how doing Crossfit within a box is better than doing it on your own outside a box.

Comment #61 - Posted by: Dessie at April 10, 2012 4:18 PM

I am the guy in the pic... And All I have to say is regardless if you joined a CF gym or not( I wish I had the time/ money to but don't) if u can get your hands on the equipment or you improvise like I did( the pallets) you will almost always push your self harder if you are working out with 1 or 2 partners or even 10 compairded to doing a wod on your own. It just sucks for you if the guy with one leg smokes you ;)

Comment #62 - Posted by: Jake Pope at April 10, 2012 4:30 PM

I know Jake, and he is definitely one of the most badass and inspiring guys I have ever came across. I am greatly appreciative of his time as my NCO years ago.

Comment #63 - Posted by: Kevin Wilson at April 10, 2012 5:27 PM

@Jake....are you still training with CF Walter Reed? I am the CSEL for Joint Task Force CAPMED at Bethesda. I'd like to meet you.

If you see this, please feel free to e-mail me @:


Keep training brother!

Comment #64 - Posted by: Alex Perry at April 10, 2012 5:32 PM

Hooah!!! You're my hero!!

Comment #65 - Posted by: Rasheedah at April 10, 2012 6:08 PM

Hooah! You are my HERO!

Comment #66 - Posted by: rasheedah at April 10, 2012 6:09 PM

Jake - thanks for your everything you've done for our country! You're an inspiration to us all.

Comment #67 - Posted by: Sarah at April 10, 2012 6:38 PM

Plain and simple...badass.

Comment #68 - Posted by: Chris at April 10, 2012 6:57 PM

Motivating... I have no complaints man... Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Comment #69 - Posted by: Gregg at April 10, 2012 7:04 PM


I have never been more amazed by your positive attitude and determination throughout your recovery. You are an inspiration to the people around you. You are an a terrific Marine and an even better husband and father. I love you babe.
Love, The Wifey

Comment #70 - Posted by: Jamie Pope at April 10, 2012 7:05 PM

I've never posted a comment before and have followed Crossfit.com for 3-4 years but this picture of Jake really struck a chord. This picture completely embodies everything about the great people defending our country. Thank you for your service Jake! God bless.

Comment #71 - Posted by: Logan at April 10, 2012 7:44 PM

I rarely comment here, but...THAT IS AWESOME, JAKE!

Comment #72 - Posted by: Mike in L.A. at April 10, 2012 9:03 PM

I say that CFHQ should start a new category, like the "hero" WODs, but call it something like "champion" WODs, and name them after people like Jake. That is the heart of a champion, right there. Thanks for your service and sacrifice, Jake. If more people were like you, this country would be in a LOT better shape.

Comment #73 - Posted by: Pete at April 11, 2012 4:31 AM

Very inspiring photo Jake! You have a new calling, and you are going to be great at it! Modern day role models and hero's are hard to come by............carry the torch well my friend.

Comment #74 - Posted by: jeff parker at April 11, 2012 6:57 AM

I am with #31. HQ how can crossfit come up with hero wods of our wounded warriors?

Also parents (i am speaking as a father of three)i would encourage you to show your kids this pic and explain what sacrifice,courage,dedication, and going aboove and beyond mean. We all are hit with so much fake crap from so called reality tv and so on these days, kids especially need to see what a real hero is and Jake is one of them.

Comment #75 - Posted by: Matt Price at April 11, 2012 7:55 AM


Glad to know you are getting good use. Hopefully I wont get too smoked by "the one legged guy: when I get back, but in all honesty, knowing you, I probably will. See you soon.

Comment #76 - Posted by: Chris Stowe at April 11, 2012 11:08 AM


Comment #77 - Posted by: Corb41/54 at April 11, 2012 11:35 AM

A true hero. We commend you.

Comment #78 - Posted by: Jim Douglas at April 11, 2012 12:52 PM

AMAZING and so Inspirational!!

Comment #79 - Posted by: Tammi at April 12, 2012 12:19 PM

All you have to do is take one look at this picture when you THINK you have some little injury and you get a whole new perspective. Jake, you are an inspiration and I'm proud to have served this country with people like you. God bless you!

Comment #80 - Posted by: Clegger13 at April 13, 2012 7:48 PM

Please tell me you"ve sorted double unders, I need to know someone is doing it!

Comment #81 - Posted by: Ben at April 14, 2012 6:06 AM

Simply awesome! Way to go!

Comment #82 - Posted by: John FK at April 14, 2012 2:37 PM

Legend. Only word for it.

And also - this has to be the first CF photo of someone doing a WOD where you haven't had someone else bitching in the thread below about technique!

Comment #83 - Posted by: Andy F at April 16, 2012 2:37 AM

This is wayyy awesome!! Thank you for your service & your sacrifice!! I'm so inspired! :)

Comment #84 - Posted by: Bobbi at April 22, 2012 3:47 PM


We run a program at our box specifically for adaptive athletes and Wounded Warriors in particular. I have a lot of info I'd like to share and even more I'd like to learn and we have a plan for both. If you run across this post, or if someone who knows Jake does, could you email me/or ask him to email me at info@cfrubicon.com?

Thank you for your service, Jake, and thank you for the service you do now for all adaptive athletes.

Show the way, brother.


Comment #85 - Posted by: chef at April 29, 2012 5:45 AM

@jake I'm glad your doing well I haven't seen you in years. I hope everything is doing great for you. :)

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