“Focus on enjoying your time at the gym, learn, ask questions, work hard.”
Josh Carrico is one of the very first members of CrossFit 317, joining shortly after the gym opened at the original location on 267 in Brownsburg. Today you’ll find him as a regular in classes, a reliable volunteer for our competitions, and an all around cornerstone member of our community. Read on as Josh looks back over his five years as a CrossFit 317 member!
Can you share a bit of your backstory? What originally prompted you to started with CrossFit 317?
“After high school and into my early twenties, I had really let myself go. I wasn’t active, didn’t workout and ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I met Jaymie (my wife) when I was 25 and I decided that to impress her, I needed to lose some weight. I started watching what I ate and running, very slowly 😉 I ran a couple of half-marathons and a bunch of 5Ks and ended up losing 50 pounds. I grew tired of running and starting lifting weights at Brownsburg Fitness, but I really struggled to motivate myself on my own. I started following CrossFit after seeing more and more posts about it on social media, I was excited by the community aspect and I knew it was something I wanted to try, but at the time, there wasn’t a box close enough to fit into my schedule. I’m not sure how, but I saw a post with some pics of them getting the old space ready to open and I knew I would be joining as soon as they opened.”
What has kept you as part of the CrossFit 317 family all these years?
“The people, but mainly Ashley & Kirk. They did a great job coaching me through the movements in the beginning and I really clicked well with their training styles. Coming to classes in the beginning was the first time ever that I actually had fun working out and I really enjoyed the community they were starting to build. I’m also a fan of small businesses and I’ve loved seeing Ashley grow her business. I’ve always appreciated the way that she continually works on improving her business and member experience, and it’s cool say I’ve been along since the beginning.”
Thinking back to those very first days of CrossFit, what do you know now that you wish you’d known back then?
“I wish I took properly fueling my body more seriously. I came from the dieting mindset of restriction. I wish I would’ve stopped worrying about the number on the scale and started eating for performance from the very beginning. I’ve made more progress in terms of performance in the past year than the previous four by changing this mindset. Also, I wish I would’ve had a more consistent approach to my diet and training.”
In what areas have you seen the most improvement?
“I have seen the biggest change in my mentality toward life than in anything else. Mentally pushing through some very tough WODs can carry over to the workplace and at home. I am more calm in the face of adversity, knowing that if I just keep moving, eventually I will break through.”
Has your idea of fitness changed over the past five years? Have your overall goals?
“I started CrossFit wanting to be “jacked” like Jason Khalipa, but you quickly realize the training those guys do and what I have time for are very different. Now I just want to keep my body strong and healthy as I age. CrossFit is very humbling and if you don’t learn to swallow your ego, you are going to hurt yourself eventually. Yes, it would be cool to be able to do all the movements you see the Games athletes doing, but I realize that sometimes is just not in the cards for me. Recently, I’ve narrowed my focus to increasing my body weight strength as well as my conditioning as I feel these will have the best carryover to quality of life.”
Any movements that you used to hate but now kind of like?
“Rope climbs. I don’t do well with heights, so doing these always made me really nervous, I really had no desire to even practice them. However, whenever they were programmed, I always forced myself to at least do one. I can now get up the rope pretty easily and it feels good to have improved in that skill. I was also recently able to take that skill out of the gym, successfully completing the rope climb obstacle at a Spartan race.”
Being an original member, how would you describe the changes in CrossFit 317 over the years?
“The biggest change would be the facility. It’s fun to go back and look at pictures and see where we started compared to the space we have now. I remember that if we had more than 5 in a class, things could get tight. After moving into the current space, Ashley has continued to improve the facility by adding more equipment and by improving and remodeling the building itself.”
What are some your favorite gym based victories? Any PRs that were especially hard earned?
“This isn’t a specific PR, but I would say the biggest victory for me would be coming back after having wrist surgery two years ago. I’ve learned to better listen to my body and be more patient when I do have something that’s hurting. I’m now more motivated to spend the extra time on mobility and accessory strength work knowing that it will pay off in the long run. I currently stronger now than I was before surgery.”
Can you share a few of your favorite CrossFit 317 memories?
“I don’t know how many current members have had the pleasure of being in a class led by Kirk, but one of my fondest memories at 317 where the original 4:30pm classes that he used to coach. We had a good time, and he would always be pushing me to do more than I thought I could, it’s what really cemented my love for CrossFit. I also have enjoyed all of the competitions that 317 has hosted. I love seeing people accomplish more than they thought they could. I participated in the first Snow Brawl and really surprised my self with how hard I was able to work given the adrenaline of competition. I was also pretty proud to take home first place in the scaled division of the last in-house competition we had. Last year’s chili cook off was by far the best tasting memory I have of 317!”
What advice do you have for others when it comes to being consistent with your workouts and sticking with a program for the long term?
“The best advice I could offer is learn to be grateful for what you can do and don’t get discouraged by what you can’t. Focus on enjoying your time at the gym, learn, ask questions, work hard. At the end of the day making this investment in your fitness is one of the best things you can do for yourself and will payoff in all aspects of your life, not just in PRs in the gym.”