May 15, 2018

We've had the pleasure of watching Jessica Beran grow as a member at CrossFit James Island over the past few years. Her goals have been unwavering in that time, but her path to getting their has definitely taken some shifts in emphasis. She's seen quite a few ups and downs like every athlete who's been in a sport for 6+ years and has learned a ton of lessons.

Jessica has consistently placed in the top 200 in her age group during the CrossFit Ope...

April 12, 2018

Jordan just finished the open doing all of the workouts as prescribed which she was not able to complete last year! She's working on becoming a doctor and also training like a boss. We're so excited to learn more about her in our April Member Spotlight! Keep doing you, Jordan!

What got you in the doors at CFJI and what keeps you coming back?

Google got me in the door but the coaching and the people kept me coming back! Melissa Dewalk was the firs...

February 20, 2018

Since Allison and her husband Bo tried us out a few months ago, they've become staples in the 9 a.m. "ninjas" class. They even confessed that they purchased their house in Charleston based on its proximity to the gym...Nice! Allison can usually be spotted working out in a tennis skirt or something flowery and bright. She is typically followed by a sleepy Bo or their four-leeged Labradoodle named Cooper. She's always got a smile on her face, eve...

December 18, 2017

The awards just continue to pile in for Ali! As we close out 2017, it is fitting that our final member spotlight of the year goes to the gym's "Most Inspiring Athlete" awards winner from the Holiday Party last Friday. Ali has worked incredibly hard — showing up each day, doing (and winning) the nutrition challenge, and even showing up to an early morning 5:30 AM class, which might be her largest accomplishment to date. I give you... Ali Arazie....

November 20, 2017

Fresh on the CFJI Scene in 2017, Dan immediately bought into a healthier lifestyle and began consistently working out at the noon or night classes. Most recently, Dan won the gym's aesthetic vote in the Nutrition Challenge. Learn more about Dan and how the challenge and gym has changed his outlook... and if you're looking to get Dan a gift for the holidays, make sure it is NOT a sombrero.

Fresh off a nutrition challenge win, how has diet and nut...

October 13, 2017

It's been a long time coming for this spotlight. Jenny Kelley is the epitome of "Be An Athlete". Jenny started Crossfitting back in 2013 at CFJI and immediately worked to get better each day until she was dominating Rx workouts. Last fall she earned her Level I Coaching Certification and began coaching at CFJI, which she excelled at as well.

Always someone I look forward to seeing at the gym, Jenny is one of the friendliest and happiest members,...

September 14, 2017

I challenge you to try not to be happy and have a smile on your face when you're around Alvin Lawrence. It's not possible. Alvin has been bringing good laughs, a leather belt, non-gym shorts and sweet beard to the gym for a little less than a year now, and each time he walks through the door, regardless of the time of day, he comes with a great attitude.

Alvin came to the gym following a recovery from a bad motorcycle accident and continually im...

August 10, 2017

Well, i'd be willing to bet almost everyone knows Valerie, and if they don't, they at least know her husband (He is the one yelling 'Cheese Dip').

Valerie has been crushing it at the gym for a few years now and, while always improving, she has lately been taking extra time after class, at barbell seminars, and on open gym times to improve her movements. Outside of the gym, I can vouch for the fact that she is usually the girl at the bar around a...

June 20, 2017


It's only fitting that the day before Summer we honor a real ray of sunshine for this month's member spotlight. You can't be around this guy and not be happy. He consistently brings a positive attitude and friendly demeanor to the gym, and is always the first to introduce himself to new people and drop-ins to make them feel welcome and at home. Sadly, Broc will be leaving us to move back to Indiana soon, but until then, be sure to congratulate...

May 4, 2017

What ever possessed you to run a 50k?

It was a trail run, if that makes it sound less crazy. Just think of it as a long, fast-paced hike in a beautiful mountain setting! I love running in the woods.

After being a runner for so many years, what made you decide to try CrossFit?

After moving to Charleston last summer, I needed to find a new fitness routine. I didn’t have my running crew around anymore so I needed to find some sort of community to hel...

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