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October 12, 2010


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Aaron Jannetti

Couldn't have said it better myself. I hope you don't mind If I post this on my page for my people? Giving you credit of course.

P.S.- I did a 3:03 Fran after a drinking and "take-n-bake pizza" binge a year ago. Never felt worse in my life.. def makes you reevaluate your lifestyle hahaha!

-AJ (OKM/Columbus CrossFit)

Douglas Chapman

No problem Aaron. Glad you like it.

Polo Lopez

Here, Here!! Well said. This material needs to be preached more often. Affiliates striving for Integrity, Technique, and Consistency.


great post.

I'm Steve Loeding- Owner of Top Gun CrossFit - Minneapolis, MN. Would it be possible for me to borrow this ?

Thanks !!!

Steve Loeding


Douglas Chapman

Steve, go ahead. Thanks.


Joel Fridman

Nice post, it's exactly what every CFter should to remember before each WOD.
Usually I teach the newbies on the very first day a bit on scaling and individual intensity, however once in a while I've got to remind them these concepts.
Love this whole article, might I use it (translated) in one of my post this week? And the same of the above, credits for you.
CrossFit Brasil

Keefa Earls

Woooowww, this was so well said. I am very hard on myself and my performances. Although improvement is as you said relative, its great to read this article as a reminder. with the forging elite fitness motto, mantra it is sometimes easy to feel like what we do is not elite enuff if it isnt a 2 minute FRAN.... this was great and like the other posts said, i would like to use this with proper credit of course. thanks buddy

Dave Picardy

Another great post Douglas. Can I just copy and paste it onto my site, put my name on it after Tara proof reads it and Crush Fran in 1:30.


Davie, as always copy, claim and circulate without acknowledgement. If you are offering Tara's services, I will accept as grammar and spelling often miss the mark. As far as the 1:30 fran, a video would be acceptable, not you and Tara, the Fran.

Miss you guys.


This is outstanding and what every new CrossFitter needs to hear when they walk into the door to start. And it's what every seasoned CrossFitter needs to hear from time to time to keep perspective. If you don't mind would I be able to copy it and post it on our site? Ryan from CrossFit Lynchburg.

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