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The Story of “Fran”


The Story of “Fran”

21 – 15 – 9 | Thrusters (65/95) | Pull-ups

“If a hurricane that wreaks havoc on a whole town can be Fran, so can a workout.”

In this video shot at several CrossFit 101 seminars, Coach Greg Glassman talks about the birth of one of CrossFit’s best-known and most challenging workouts: Fran.

As a young athlete, Coach believed training with weights would help him become a better gymnast. When three sets of eight lateral raises with a Ted Williams weightlifting set didn’t replicate the feeling produced by a two-minute routine on the rings or parallel bars, Coach had to get creative. After coming up with and self-testing a workout involving three rounds of 21, 15 and 9 thrusters and pull-ups, Coach promptly threw up—but he knew he had found something that would make him better at his sport.

From there, Coach invited a friend to try the workout (with similar results), and a few decades later the WOD is still challenging CrossFitters around the world.

Watch the video here: “The Story of Fran”

Courtesy of CrossFit Journal

6 Responses

  1. Pamella Falcao

    Steven, foundations C yesterday was great! You went over and over every move and every detail! Today was great! Very hard for me, but the energy level goes all the way up! Thanks a lot!

  2. Thank you Pam and you are welcome. You’re a great student 😉 and pick up everything very well!! I’m glad that Foundations has help you understand all the little intricacies of the moments. Keep working on perfecting them and you’ll notice how much more fun CrossFit can get!! Btw, Fran is very hard for Everyone!!! LOL I’m going to attack Fran shortly. Will let you know it goes. 🙂 Also, don’t forget to watch the CrossFit games here: http://games.crossfit.com/live-stream

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