“With such a positive and welcoming atmosphere, it was easy to jump right in and get to work.”

We get to know CrossFit 317 member, Rick Ferrin in today’s Member Monday. Rick joined our community in December 2016 after a short hiatus from CrossFit. Read on to learn more about how CrossFit supports his fitness needs both at work and off-duty.

What were your first impressions upon joining CrossFit 317?
“Actually I was pretty nervous. Not knowing anyone after moving back here was a bit nerve racking. Once I actually got to know a few people at the gym, it made it worth while. With such a positive and welcoming atmosphere, it was easy to jump right in and get to work.”

How has your training at 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“It’s simply impossible to name all the ways CrossFit has impacted my life. After suffering an injury a couple years ago and watching my fitness level decrease while recovering, I was hesitant to even get back into it. With my job being a Police Officer, I knew I had to just suck it up and get back to it. The results I see in myself and how I feel daily, (aside from the soreness) just keep me motivated to drive on.”

How does CrossFit 317 meet your health and fitness needs?
“Since getting back to the gym, the programming that has been provided at 317 has been top notch. It’s great to have coaches that know exactly what to program and when to do so in order for it to be most effective for the athletes. I know if I have questions from anything be it movement or nutrition, the coaches are glad to step up and help all of us.

Is there a particular class time that you enjoy?
“With my schedule being so crazy, it’s hard for me to lock down one time every week. If I had to pick, my preferred time would be the 7am class and the 9:30am on Saturday. The overall environment of the Saturday classes is unbelievable.”

Do you have a 317 memory that you would like to share?
“The CrossFit Open so far, for sure. It’s my first time competing at any level of CrossFit and it’s awesome to see where I stand at my current level as an athlete.”

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Rick in the midst of CrossFit Open workout 17.3

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
“It’s really hard to pick one individual aspect that I enjoy the most. I guess the after effects.  When the WOD has completely beat you down, you’re tired, sweaty, exhausted, and ready to do it all over again.”

If asked to sum up 317 in one word or phrase, what would it be?
“Greatest supportive environment ever.”

What advice would you offer to someone that’s new to CrossFit?
“Don’t give up, hang in there, it’s gonna hurt, you’re gonna second guess, but it’ll all be worth it in the long run. Grab a partner, lift heavy things and work things out. Stay out of your own head.”

Outside of the gym, what activities and hobbies do you enjoy?
“Spending time with the family, travel, historic sites, outdoors, hunting and fishing. The usual guy stuff.”



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