Full disclosure: Before today, I’d never done Fran.
I know! The answer to “What’s your Fran time?” is a CrossFit staple. But for a variety of reasons, I always missed it when Fran was on the whiteboard for class. And since it includes two of my least favorite movements – thrusters and pullups – I’ve never tackled it on my own. It’s WAY more fun to do bear crawls and box jumps. (Which is exactly why I need to keep attending CrossFit classes.)
“We have a Fran virgin!” Tristy yelled with evil delight when I meandered into the gym this morning, still half asleep, rubbing my eyes and pouting.
Yeah, it was THAT kind of Monday morning.
We ran 400m, then did 3 rounds of 10 OH squats + 5 pushups + 5 pullups + 10 situps to warm-up. We were assigned workout buddies so we’d each have a counter (thanks, Ryan!), and we were off.
In case you’re not familiar with Fran… it doesn’t look so bad in print:
21-15-9 reps for time:
In practice, it’s pretty gnarly. RX was not a remote option: 65-lb. thrusters would take me well-beyond any reasonable time limit, and I’m still using the band for pullups. I used a 50-lb. bar and a blue band (1.5 inches wide?). My time: 6:43.
The best part? On thruster #7 or 8, I smashed myself in the nose with the barbell. I kinda saw stars for a second, and my eyes watered, but I didn’t drop the bar. If you looked closely at my nose right now, you might notice that the squishy tip looks a bit more bulbous than usual, and there’s a red mark on the left side. It’s tender to the touch, and my hands are sore from halfway torn callouses.
It was definitely THAT kind of Monday morning.
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