There’s Something About Fran


I think our box is doing Fran next week! I am excited-nervous for it!


If you don’t know what Fran is all about, it’s one of the main benchmark workouts for CrossFit:



Thrusters (95#, 65#)


As you can see, Fran is only two exercises, but the combination, coupled with the number of reps and weight, is absolutely brutal, which is why I think our coaches are subtly preparing us for it. Last night, for instance, we did an “air Fran” using a PVC pipe as part of our warm-up (a nice little reminder?), our WOD was “easy”, and our box is closed this weekend. Hmmm? I think our coaches want us to rest up for Fran!

What is it about Fran that makes us CrossFiters so psyched for it!?!


After CrossFit, Mal and I quickly showered and got ready (seriously, we were in and out of the house in 20 minutes) and headed to the Union Brewhouse to snag a table. If you get there after it fills up on a Friday night, you’re usually waiting around for a table for awhile. We were really hungry so we boogied to get there!

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First item of business: BEER! I went with a Left Hand Fade to Black. After trying the Milk Stout Nitro from Left Hand, I had a feeling I’d like this beer.

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The Fade to Black is an AWESOME brew! It had a ton of flavor from the second I tasted it until long after I swallowed it down. Smoky, burnt, espresso-y, even sort of spicy flavors lingered on my tongue. I loved it.

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I was in the mood for a good burger last night, so I ordered a cheeseburger with French fries on the side.

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A year ago, Mal and I joined the 99 Beer Club at the Union Brewhouse in an attempt to drink 99 of their brews and get a sweet plaque on the wall. In a year, I have (pathetically) only crossed off 16 beers from my card.

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At this rate, it’s going to take me YEARS to get a plaque on the wall! I need to step it up!


  1. I am not a huge beer fan, i think I am more scared than anything because I grew up a basic budlight girl, and then turned wine-o with age. But we have a really popular brewery here, for a new beer girl, what is something “light” that you would recommend to try and introduce beer back into my life.

      1. @Tina: Thanks Tina! I think I will try out Hefeweizen simply because the name sounds fun (I also am “that woman” that picks out wine by how pretty the label is).

  2. I think the excitement is from knowing that it’s super hard and it will kick your butt! I like feeling pushed to the limit in workouts to see what I’m capable of. Usually I under estimate so it feels good to know I can do it. Good luck on Fran and crossing off more beers!

  3. Okay, you need to cross Spaten off your list. Get thyself to a beer store and buy some Optimator. The BEST beer ever. Promise!

  4. I just can’t like the taste of beer. Plus, the only kind I’d even be able to try is a gluten-free beer and I’ve heard those aren’t good at all.

  5. I looooove Fran. I miss being able to go super hard at CF now that I’m pregnant, because Fran is the one WOD that is basically just a sprint and it’s super fun. It’s short and extremely intense! And “what’s your Fran time?” is the equivalent of asking “what’s your marathon time?” in CF–EVERYONE knows what Fran is!
    I was so proud–right before I got knocked up, I did Fran allllmost Rxed–65# thrusters with just a small band on pull-ups. My post-baby goal is RX Fran in under 7 minutes! One day!

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