If you spend any time in the company of CrossFitters, you may have heard them talking about people named “Fran” or “Grace”, and not in a way their mother would approve of.
It might lead you to believe somebody at their box is pushing them too hard.
If that’s the case, you think, maybe it’s okay they vent about Fran or Grace.
But fear not: “Fran” and “Grace” are not real people.
“Fran” and “Grace” (and a few others) are the names of WODs that rear their heads occasionally on the Wodify app.
“Fran”, for instance, looks like this:
21 thrusters, 21 pull-ups
15 thrusters, 15 pull-ups
9 thrusters, 9 pull-ups.
“Grace” is an entirely different story.
These workouts are notorious for leaving athletes gasping for air on the floor of the gym, so it’s easy to see why our athletes grumble extra loud when they see their names.
By naming the WODs, we feel it gives our athletes a chance to work toward becoming more fit, so when “Fran” visits us again, the athlete is ready to take on the challenge and better their score.
One of the great things about CrossFit, when it comes to naming the WODs, is that we cherish the members of the military who have given their lives for our freedom, so we pay tribute by naming workouts (called “Hero WODs”) after those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
It’s a lot easier to push yourself through a workout when you understand the alternative. For those of us who haven’t served, but have respect for those who have, sometimes it’s the least we can do.
So the next time you hear your CrossFitting friend complain about “Fran”, give them a knowing glance and let them know you understand their pain.
But the next time they see “Fran”, they better be ready to take her down.
Everybody who does CrossFit on a regular basis remembers his or her first trip to the box.
They walked in and took stock of the situation, assumed they were out of their league, then forced their feet to stay rooted to the floor so they didn’t run out of the gym screaming.
It got easier over time but the first few trips were, no doubt, humbling experiences.
Getting through the front door took a monumental effort that seems silly when you look back on it, but it took real intestinal fortitude to stick to a workout routine that was so different than anything you had done up until that point.
But you did it.
CrossFit is no longer something that intimidates you; it’s a part of your life.
You understand the health benefits of CrossFit and know it’s better for you than if you stayed home and watched Netflix all night.
But there are still others who hear about CrossFit and either roll their eyes or cower in fear.
To them, rigs and kettlebells and squats are terrifying, not to mention the CrossFit myths that run amok.
Let’s face it: it’s a lot easier to stick to your tired, comfortable gym routine than it is to jump outside of your comfort zone. But we know that once you’ve decided to give CrossFit a try, you’ll be hooked on the results it produces.
Take it from one of our members: in order to get results, you have to put aside the notion that CrossFit is too intimidating.
An easy way to allay your fears is to schedule a free intro session so you can learn first-hand from one of our coaches what you can expect.
They will walk you through a typical workout and answer any questions you might have. We are confident you’ll gain a better understanding and get over the intimidation.
Since our pricing plans are monthly, we suggest giving it 30 days to see if we change your mind.
If we don’t, we believe you will, at the very least, feel better about yourself than you did the moment you walked into the box.
Nobody ever improved by sticking to routine.
Get outside of that comfort zone and destroy the intimidation associated with CrossFit.
We think you’ll be happy you did.