As athletes stroll into the gym, a sudden sense of dread overtakes each person who looks at the four-letter word written on the whiteboard: Fran.
Twenty minutes later, the gym is filled with butterfly pull-ups, burning lungs, ripped hands and sweat angels under the growing number of bodies sprawled on the floor.
Ashley Hilliard, 28, can’t yet do a pull-up, so she substituted ring rows. She still pushed herself hard, got her heart rate up and felt good about finishing Fran, but it’s not enough for her anymore, she explained. She wants a pull-up.
“Getting a pull-up has been on my mind since the day I started CrossFit, because I walked in and saw all these people doing them so easily,” Hilliard said. Read more