First experience with Fran

My bar is set up in the middle of Southie Orange facing the shiny pull up structure and the brilliantly colored signature logo. Adrenaline is coursing through my veins as I nervously pace back and forth with the “pregame jitters”. One of my favorite songs is blasting throughout the box pushing my RPMs further into the red zone. As I look around It feels as if everybody else is patiently waiting for the workout to begin. I know these workouts are challenging but whats the big deal? What were the reps again? 21-15-9? Of thrusters and pull ups? Whats it called again? Three…Two…One… Goooo!!! My heart is pounding as I grip the bar, set myself up and start moving the weight with full out effort. After the first dozen, I drop the bar and am completely drained. I can hear weights clanking loudly against the floor and can see only the backs of those athletes walking calmly to the next movement. A few reps at a time is all I can do. I finish the set and walk over to the pull up bars as my legs and shoulders are burning. My breathing is out of control and my forearms are throbbing. I somehow manage to finish the pull ups and slowly make my way back to the barbell. The rest of the workout is a blur. I keep seeing the green and orange Crossfit Southie logo as I’m constantly standing to catch my breath in between reps and trips to the alley out back. Toward the end I can’t hear any music, only the words of encouragement from the other athletes as I finish my final repetition. Although it took me about 26 minutes I was so glad to be done yet so proud of the fact I finished the workout FRAN.

Paleo Benchmark #1
Thrusters (95,65)


  • Bish

    01/05/2012 @ 3:05 pm

    Fran: 3:15

  • Anonymous

    01/04/2012 @ 3:37 pm

    9:30 rx, first rx fran? Props to Berretta for the motivation.

  • Ali

    01/04/2012 @ 4:28 am

    Damn Andrea!

  • Joe B.

    01/04/2012 @ 4:07 am

    Forgot, got to love the support at CFS, it’s the reason I keep coming back! Goose, Maze, Chris, James, and dude in yellow shirt, it all helped. Thanks guys!!! Don’t know what I would do without you folks.

  • Joe B

    01/04/2012 @ 4:04 am

    Damn, Fran is a beast. The dubious honor of the slowest Fran time belongs to me at 13:29. On a positive note I have room for improvement.

  • Andrea

    01/04/2012 @ 2:12 am

    ohhhhh Fran- 4:37rx

    Fun 5:30 class! Way to go everyone!

  • sarah p

    01/04/2012 @ 1:44 am

    fran is a nasty lady.

    5:50 rx

    major fran lung outbreak tonight, shit is contagious!!

  • Jaime Lytle

    01/04/2012 @ 12:42 am

    there were some amazing FRAN times today! Good job everyone!
    FRAN: 6:20 Rx, PR by 1:20!
    Melberg is one sexy beast

  • MT

    01/03/2012 @ 4:25 pm

    nice post melberg.

  • Amy

    01/03/2012 @ 3:57 pm

    8:52 and I now know the meaning of “Fran lung”…

  • Joe

    01/03/2012 @ 3:29 pm

    5:17 rx; still suffering from “Fran lung.”

    • Arik124

      01/03/2012 @ 3:51 pm

      7:29, but no Fran Lung. 😛

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