April 10, 2012
"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!
Jake = Awesome!! It can be done!
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.
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.
Jake, Way to go and keep pushing yourself. DE OPPRESSOR LIBER.
Good on ya, Jake!
Go Jake go. Words fail, actions shout.
Never. Ever. Give. Up.....Respect!
For all those who say I can't...meet Jake.
Love it, you are an inspiration!
What a stud! And I'm sitting here bitchen' about a little knee inury. I have got to get off my ass.
You are an inspirational leader and warrior. thank you for your service!
CMSgt Alex Perry
Command Senior Enlisted Leader, JTF CAPMED
Jake, you are an inspiration and a true ambassador to the sport. Keep pressing the fight.
Oh my god. THAT's what it takes. Thank you Jake.
Keep Doin' Jake and thank you for your service.
How can they show a picture and story like that AND have it be a rest day! Looks like 12.3 today
Bad. Ass. thank you for your service, and thank you for this incredibly inspirational picture. keep on!
Jake, thank you for your sacrifice and the dose of inspiration. Keep killing it
Thanks Jake for the freedom.
You are incredible! I am sorry for your loss, but very inspired by all of your strength and courage.
Jake!!!!! Absolute BADASSITY!!! Thanks for my freedom and protection. Keep kicking ass!
Right on brother, get it!!!
THAT is inspiration personified
Hey kids, there's your REAL American Hero! Semper Fi, Jake, and Thanks.
Wow! Thanks for the wake up call and your service
Thank for your service and your sacrifice. Incredible! God bless you.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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!
Jake Pope sounds like a total badass.
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!!!
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!
This guy and that place look an aweful lot like a place i go to quite often when not deployed...
It 2nd EOD Co. On Lejeune.
That is awesome and inspiring! Great job!
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.
Coach G thank you for pursuing excellence and encouraging others to as well.
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.
Ran 5k...first one since last October:
LOVE this picture. You truly are an inspiration. Thank you for your service!
WAY TO GO....wow You are an inspiration...Thank you for sharing and most of all, Thank you for Serving!!!
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.
...Jake flying = great computer desktop pic
Thanks for your service, Jake. You put me to shame. Thanks for the inspiration.
You using my damn equipment Jake??? I hope so. Looking sick bro, we will be back soon. Looking forward to seeing you.
God bless you, Jake Pope!
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
'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.'
...and this picture is why CrossFit is better
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.
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 ;)
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.
@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!
Hooah!!! You're my hero!!
Jake - thanks for your everything you've done for our country! You're an inspiration to us all.
Plain and simple...badass.
Motivating... I have no complaints man... Thanks for the inspiration!!!
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
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.
I rarely comment here, but...THAT IS AWESOME, JAKE!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A true hero. We commend you.
AMAZING and so Inspirational!!
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!
Please tell me you"ve sorted double unders, I need to know someone is doing it!
Simply awesome! Way to go!
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!
This is wayyy awesome!! Thank you for your service & your sacrifice!! I'm so inspired! :)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org?
Thank you for your service, Jake, and thank you for the service you do now for all adaptive athletes.
Show the way, brother.