Member Stories


Josh Carrico, a CrossFit 317 original member, talks about the role that CrossFit 317 plays in his life.

How has your training at CrossFit 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“The training at 317 has impacted more mentally than physically. Whenever I’m faced with a large or daunting project, I know that if I ‘just keep moving’ I will soon conquer it.”

Is there a 317 memory that you would like to share?
“I remember the first time I ever did the Filthy Fifty and it was the first time in my adult life that I had to truly push myself physically and I remember watching every one else start to finish and I was nowhere close. I wanted to quit and go home, I was on the verge of tears, but then all the other members started to come and count for me and encourage me. At first it was really embarrassing, but then I began to feel inspired. Needless to say, I finished and from that point on, I knew that CrossFit was something that I needed in my life.”

What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
“I love to put weight over my head, so any type of overhead press, jerk, etc.”

If asked to sum up 317 in one word, what would it be?

What do you love to do in your free time?
“My wife and I have a 1 month old baby girl, Emma, at home so that occupies most of my current free time. I also enjoy traveling with my family and watching sports, especially Notre Dame football and Everton soccer.”

“I liked the idea of being part of CrossFit 317 but I doubted myself that I would ever really be able to really lift heavy weights; and look at me today. I’ve surpassed my expectation let alone crushed them. I compete with my siblings whenever I learn/accomplish something new that I didn’t think I was capable of doing. Here the coaches, as well as my friends, have helped me accomplish new CrossFit moves that I did not think that I would be able to even do. When I arrive for class I always feel happy because I’m going to be with my friends as well as with the best coaches of CrossFit that this city can offer.”

As a member of #Team0530 what keeps you motivated to get up early and get a workout in?
“Honestly, my motivation is habitual. My lifestyle requires any me-time to happen in the morning before most of my people are awake. I have fallen in love with CrossFit because of how I feel, what I can do, and who I spend my workouts with no matter the class time – it’s just 0530AM works best for me right now.”
How has your fitness level changed since starting at CrossFit 317?
“Well, in pure Beyond the Whiteboard talk, I was a fox and now I’m a cheetah! Basically, I can feel and see a remarkable improvement to my fitness level. My mobility and strength are greater, my mental ability to tackle WODs is stronger, and my “fear” has diminished ten-fold. But, I finally started using the Beyond the Whiteboard app over the last 5 months and that tool seemed to unlock something for me – it provides this measurement of fitness that keeps me honest with daily WOD reporting and lets me know areas I need to improve. It’s included in your membership at CrossFit 317, so if you don’t use it yet, find out how to get started!”
What do you recommend for anyone that’s been interested in joining our community but hasn’t taken the first step?
“I’d recommend just making the first call to CrossFit 317 – that phone call is free, there’s nothing to lose. Then, visit our box and get some exposure to what this place is all about, try a class, meet some members! We come in all shapes, sizes and fitness levels – but since our box is so inclusive, these “differences” do not matter. We encourage each other and cheer each other on no matter if someone is scaling or Rx’ing a workout.”

What results have you experienced as a result of training at CrossFit 317?
“I have felt an overall rise in self confidence with challenging myself and meeting personal goals. Increased strength and better physical condition have helped this tremendously.”

What are some of your favorite parts of being part of our community?
“The friendships, the smiles, the diversity the common goal of wanting to become better than yesterday!”

What should everyone know about CrossFit 317?
“Everyone makes everyone better! Physically or mentally, CrossFit 317 and its community will always bring out the better YOU!”

What made you consider rejoining a CrossFit gym?
“I wanted to come back to CrossFit after taking about a year off pursuing powerlifting. I got pretty strong, but I put on a lot of unhealthy weight. I was in need of some condition and I am certainly not a treadmill or steady-state cardio guy! I enjoy lifting weights, so what better cardio than lifting weights fast?!”
Why did you choose CrossFit 317 each time?
“CrossFit 317 is, by far, the best gym community I’ve ever been a part of. The coaches are top notch and being at 317 is what pushed me to see how strong I can become! The entire community is welcoming and encouraging, regardless of where you are on your fitness journey!”
Please share some of your impressions of the facility, the workouts, the coaching, and the class environment.
“The facility has undergone many changes since the first time I came in. Ashley is committed to continuously upgrading and adding equipment. It seems like she is constantly investing back in the gym and new things are always happening. A lot of the coaches are members that became coaches and are very well trained and understand the community we have at 317! There are other CrossFit boxes near me, but I would never consider going to a different one. After being away for over a year, every coach and all the members have welcomed me back and told me how excited they are to see me back!”
What has surprised you the most about being part of the CrossFit 317 community?
“The community is like no other. I come from playing team sports and military service, the comradery of this community is the closest I’ve found to that feeling!”



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