Back to Basics. Plus “Fran” every Friday.

7 May

UPCOMING EVENTS (mark your calendars now!)

PALEO POTLUCK.  At CFCC. Saturday, May 12th.  530-730pm.  Bring a dish with the ingredients.  Best three GREEN dishes win prizes!

A MINDSET FOR SUCCESS: Seminar for Procrastinators Everywhere, May 20th.  2-5pm

PROM. June 23rd.

DECATHALON.  Registration opens 6pm, May 13th.  The first 10 tickets sold are $50 off!

PROGRAMMING for our regular CrossFit “WORKOUT OF THE DAY” Sessions:

As CFCC waits for a few of its full-time Coaches to finish up their studies (Go, Sammy and Liz!) we will be doing as much as we can to make sure that our classes run as smoothly as possible given the ever-growing numbers of members, and class opportunities. In addition to all this, we eagerly await the addition of a little more help to our staff (both Coaching and Administrative) – in the meantime, this cycle is ALL about getting back to the basics.

If you are new to CFCC, it’s the perfect cycle to gain your sea-legs with. The format will be a little easier, with warm-ups staying MOSTLY the same for the same days and a lot of your single-limb work being placed in position at the beginning of the hour. Skill work will stay the same for the days that you are doing upper body strength work as well which will mean that we’re able to increase in strength, cross-sectional stability, and skill.

You’ll notice too, that instead of consistently focusing on many benchmarks only on certain days of the week – we are focusing on just one this cycle: Fran. For everything you ever needed to know about “Fran”, please examine the below:

The Story of Fran.

Fooling Around with Fran.

What is a Benchmark Workout?

Are we trying to specialize in one workout? No. Not really. We are trying to see what effect can be had by taking a cycle to work on kipping, a skill that is absolutely a huge part of your understanding of proper mechanics, mobility, and power output in CrossFit. We are taking that skill and transferring that to a small volume (45 total reps in “Fran”) while simultaneously experimenting with what the mind can do when presented with a test of intensity more frequently (kipping pull-ups alternated with relatively light thrusters in “Fran”). Sure you can get “Fran” done in under 6 minutes. As rx’d. But just how DOES someone think themselves into completing more than the guy next to them with the same abilities? That comes from a lot of heart, preparation, and a respect for the phrase “every second counts”.

For more inspiration, check out these performances:

The Men’s Master’s Division (+50yrs.) at the CrossFit Games completes “Fran” 

Mel Ockerby completes “Fran” in the Team Competition of last year’s CrossFit Games in 238. 

ODE TO FRAN – it’s kind of a big deal.

One-armed Fran (yes, the pullups too) from Rob Orlando.

The first ever men’s sub-two-minute Fran.

MONDAY: Back Squat: 3, 3, 2, 1 – Single Leg Warm-up
TUESDAY: Press: 3, 3, 2, 1 – Single Arm Rowing Warm-up and Handstand Push-up Activation.
WEDNESDAY: Weighted Chest-to-Bar Pull-up (Pronated Grip): 3, 3, 2, 1 – Kipping Warm-up and Skill Work (Butterfly and Gymnastics).
THURSDAY: Clean and Jerk, up to a peak of 1 every week. Short Conditioning Work.
FRIDAY: Conventional Deadlift: 3, 3, 2, 1 – FRAN every week.
SATURDAY: Running and Rowing Skill Work
SUNDAY: Team/Partner Workouts


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