When you deal in force, you measure weight and time a lot. We tell a lot of members’ stories, it’s true. But we’re selling science here – unbiased, nonempathetic, measurable. Objective. A gallon of your sweat is the same as a gallon of my sweat. We believe that consistency is kindness: that, by holding you to the same line as everyone else, we can promise you’ll only be beaten in a fair fight.


If the workout calls for 21-15-9 burpees and  you do 18-10-6, but write RX on the board….you’re just lying to yourself and will definitely get beat in a fair fight…be accountable!

If you squat 300lbs to competition depth – crease of the hip, crest of the knee, and all that – then you’ve done it. You’ve done 300. What does it take to squat more than you?

If I squat 450lbs, but only halfway to your depth, have I done better? 550lbs? Six-fitty? No, because I haven’t done a squat. The line was clear, and I fell short.

If the line is unclear, then I’ll squat as low as – well, pretty good – and beat you. I’ll call it ‘squatting to ninety,’ and it won’t be fair, but it will count. I’ll win. Maybe you can pile a bit more on, and squat a little higher, and trump me, in turn. So I’ll go to five plates a side, walk out of the rack, curtsy…and who are you to call me wrong?

At CrossFit 317, we call that cheating.

At other gyms, they call that Thursday.

Without that consistency, we can’t measure ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ It’s all just ‘kinda.’

As some visiting lifters have found, our pass/fail is black/white. Fifty Shades of Gray may be on your bookshelves, your pillows, or your minds, but it ain’t on our platforms.


We also hold our members to a high standard!

We know all of you want to be treated like adults and we intend to do so! (If not, we have a great kids class that Coach Jess runs just a bit different.)

We are and will always be that box with no burpee penalty rules or Facebook shaming.

If you are late for class one day…no burpees, but know that if it continues, it is disrespectful to our time and yours…we expect more from you. We all get sweaty and chalky…that’s the fun! However, no one wants to lay, lunge, or world’s greatest in your sweat….clean it up. The coaches thank you, but your fellow members will thank you even more!


We also hold our Open Gym time to a standard just as rigid. At 5:30pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays, the back room (bat cave/sweat box) is closed to members and open for the kids class. During a CrossFit class in the main room, it is closed to other tracks of programming, even if the pull-up bars in the back may not be your favorite. Relaxing the standard for one of our 100 members doesn’t help him or her out – it screws everyone else:

“You have to be done by 5:30, unless you’re Joe. Then the rule is 5:45.”

“Jim gets to come out front because its too hot in the back.”

“Mandy’s shirt looks new. Let’s give her an extra few minutes to work on skills while the class warms up and tell her to just stay out of the way.”

We’ve tried it both ways. Consistent and fair is better. The squats get higher, the ‘late’ gets later, the “short” skill work gets longer and everyone gets angry if we make exceptions. Let’s keep it low and tight.



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