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Inspiring Conversations with Jamie Hagiya of The JAM Method and Torrance Training Lab

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Hagiya.

Hi Jamie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started playing basketball at the age of four. From an early age, my dream was always to play in college. However, everyone said I was too short, I wasn’t good enough, and I’d never play at the Division One level. So that motivated me even more. I worked my butt off and earned a last minute scholarship to the University of Southern California.

I played all four years, made two appearances in the NCAA tournament, and finished 4th all-time in career assists and 2nd all-time in 3-pt field goals made upon graduating in 2007. I received my degree in Communication and continued playing basketball professionally overseas in Europe. I tried out for the WNBA in 2012, and when I didn’t make the team, that’s when I transitioned to CrossFit. I started competing and opened my own gym (Torrance Training Lab) with my sister Lexie Hagiya in 2013. While coaching and running a business, my new goal was to make the CrossFit Games. Nearly qualifying in 2013 and 2014, I thought 2015 was going to be my year until I suffered a torn achilles. Fighting and making a comeback was all too familiar for me, so I applied the same work ethic and endless hours in the gym. And in 2016, I qualified for my first CrossFit Games, finishing as the 18th Fittest Woman on Earth that year. I qualified two years later on a Team to go back to the 2018 CrossFit Games where we finished in 11th. I’m a 6-time CrossFit Regional Competitor. 2-time CrossFit Games Athlete. Co-owner and coach at Torrance Training Lab. And most recently started my own online training program called the JAM Method.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road to playing collegiate basketball, owning my own business, and qualifying for the CrossFit Games was anything but smooth. But 100% worth it. The struggle I faced while earning my basketball scholarship was proving that even though I’m only 5’3″ in stature, I can compete with the best of them. I had to prove myself over and over again to coaches, players, and even myself. I lost my confidence many times, but I always had to dig deep and believe in myself. After that, the struggles I faced while trying to qualify for the CrossFit Games, besides the physical pain in training, was a full tear in my achilles tendon. As an athlete my whole life, I was in shock that I couldn’t walk. Forget running and jumping, I had to start all over again from the beginning. So coming back from such a big injury definitely tested my mental strength as well. And then trying to compete with the fittest women in the world was quite the challenge. Now, I find myself transitioning all the lessons I’ve learned into my business the JAM Method.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
The JAM Method is my online training business. It’s for athletes of all levels who are looking to lose weight, gain strength, and improve their overall health and fitness, both in the gym or at home. It’s a mix of bodyweight movements, weightlifting, gymnastics, conditioning, and your classic CrossFit. I truly believe this is the most effective way to maintain your fitness, as well as a healthy mindset. And the thing I’m most proud of is the community. The people in our program are hard-working, dedicated, and downright inspiring. JAM Athletics will be coming very soon. This is designed for sports and athletic development for kids who are looking to take their game to the next level. If you’re in the South Bay, I would love to have you visit my gym Torrance Training Lab as well. It’s a beautiful 6500 sq ft facility, where our main focus is your health, fitness, and overall well-being. You’ll be welcomed like family because that’s the only way we know-how.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
There’s a saying, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. But honestly, I feel like luck is winning the lotto. Anyone and everyone can have good (or bad) luck sometimes. However, when you’ve put in the work and are prepared for your moment.., that’s success. So yes, having the USC coaches looking for a point guard at the time I was playing is a little bit of luck. But I sure as heck worked my butt off to make sure I was ready for that moment. I wouldn’t credit it completely just to luck.

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