Tags: 2012, agony, crossfit, crossfitter, Fran, name, pain, virtue
Fran is actually one of my favorite WODs! I don’t know how I managed to forget, but I forgot what my best time is. I like it’s around 8 1/2 minutes. The time before that was 9:35.
Nice. You shaved off quite a bit of time there! I guess it’s time I gave her a go, yeah?
If I could do Fran every day, I would. But that would be pretty much the exact opposite of what CrossFit is all about. Plus I don’t think my wife would like it when I’m dead after 3 days.
The top 2 ways I shaved time off my Fran are:
1) Learn to kip. If you don’t know how to do kipping pull ups, you’re going to struggle at this. 21 pull ups doesn’t seem like a lot, but if you can’t kip, it will drive your times up pretty high.
2) Learn how to rack the bar. I worked on a lot of front squats to figure out how to rack the bar, and it made the thrusters 10 times easier.
My time went from 9:36 down to 8 something after I learned how to do butterfly pull ups. I still admit I’m not very good at them, but I can usually string at least 10 of them together, and that saves a lot of time.
Fortunately, I have a kipping pull up, which is why I think I stand a chance. And I’m pretty sure I can pull off 65# thrusters too. Of course my time won’t be anywhere near CLB’s, but hey, we all have to start somewhere, right?
Right! The first time I did Fran, I think I did it in 20 minutes, or maybe higher. I also used 45lb dumbells instead of a bar, and used rings for the pullups. Even still, if I had used the normal equipment, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near the time I can do now.
I think I’m lucky not to have done Fran yet after 6+ months.
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