I survived CrossFit

April 12, 2012 at 3:17 AM 4 comments

Ok, ok, so I only tried it once. But hey, my WOD (workout of the day) was Running Fran. Running Fran, people!

What’s the big deal about Running Fran? As I learned at my trial class at Reebok CrossFit Liberty Village, CrossFit has certain benchmark workouts, which are named after hurricanes, and Fran is a renowned for being one of the toughest WODs — seriously, google it and you’ll see it strikes fear in many a CrossFitters heart.  And the one I did was a modified version as it also incorporated running, yo. Here’s the breakdown of our WOD (and your aim is to complete it all as fast as you can):

  • 21 thrusters (a squat holding a 15-lb bar at your shoulders, and then when rising out of the squat thrusting the bar up overhead by raising arms straight)
  • 21 pullups
  • run (I forget the distance, 200 metres, perhaps?) (Correction: just found out it was 500 metres)
  • 15 thrusters
  • 15 pullups
  • run
  • 9 thrusters
  • 9 pullups
  • run

Whew! Tired just thinking about it!

Ok, full disclosure: I could not complete a pullup if my life depended on it — thankfully,  the moves in CrossFit are designed to be scaleable.  So we used resistance bands to assist us in completing pullups. Oh, and that 15-lb bar we used for thrusters? Women are prescribed to use a 65-lb weight, yowzers! I was plenty pooped with just the 15-lb bar.

As for the run, well, that part was a cinch (I am in training for a marathon right now, remember?); the run was a welcome break, in fact (although I was probably supposed to sprint it, oopsies…).

All in all, though, I’m pretty happy I was able to complete it with a decent time (decent in my opinion, anyhow).

Still not sure what CrossFit is or if you can handle it? Check out my article on Lipstick Powder n Paint for a more detailed description of the workout concept.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Leila  |  April 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Congrats Karen on completing…definitely sounds challenging.

    • 2. healthandswellness  |  April 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Thanks! I think I might try it again (arms got a fantastic workout)!

  • 3. Allison  |  April 12, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    It was 500 metres! Way to go Karen – hope to see you at the gym soon!


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