Tomorrow November 7 will be only the second time ever that CrossFit I35 has done
“Fran”. Most people in the CrossFit community use this benchmark as both the workout they love to hate the most but maybe more important it’s the WOD that people tend to judge themselves and others as a CrossFit athlete.
“Fran” is the following for time:
Thrusters 95/65 pounds
For me personally I have some very competitive WOD benchmark performances but Fran remains elusive. This workout doesn’t favor the big and tall person in anyway whatsoever. The thruster demands that you move the bar over the longest distance possible in the shortest amount of time and of course the pullup demands that you move your bodyweight the longest distance possible (with the exception of advanced gymnastics routines) in the shortest amount of time. All a horrible recipe for ending up on the floor in a pool of your bodily fluids in the shortest possible amount of time.
The following is an excerpt from a short post that I wrote about a year ago and you can tell my feelings haven’t changed.
The first time I ever did Fran was at my CrossFit Level I certification a couple years ago. They called time at 10 minutes and I thought I did well since I was doing dead hang pullups and only had 5 pullups left. Ever since that day I have been trying to figure this WOD out and have remained remarkably unsuccessful. Regardless of my “strategy” I always feel like Fran won and I’m left totally trashed. I would say I feel like a failure if it weren’t for the great sense of satisfaction for finishing the WOD at all.
Unlike any of the CrossFit benchmarks this particular workout seems to totally trash the very best and the new people alike. While all CrossFit WOD’s are written to challenge the fittest on earth this one continues to be the one we all love and hate at the same time. I guess what I mean is no matter how fit you ever get this one will continue to be hard. Regardless we all keep coming back looking to do better each time.
So I hope I didn’t scare you but put forward a great challenge that you will spend the rest of your CrossFit career trying to conquer.
Let’s do this.