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Referred to as "the girls," many of CrossFit's heartbreaking workouts bear women's names. They can be timed, or performed in as many reps as possible -- AMRAP -- in a given time. "Grace" is an example of a workout for time, where the standard for men is to do 30 clean and jerks with 135 pounds and 95 pounds for women. "Cindy" is an example of AMRAP. You have 20 minutes to do five pullups, 10 pushups and 15 squats, as many sets as possible. These workouts are done and compared throughout the world.
Rich Froning set a world record for "Elizabeth" at the CrossFit World Championships in July 2012, after having already competed in 12 events in four days against the world's best finalists. "Elizabeth" requires you to do the two following skills: cleans (men 135 pounds and women 95 pounds) then ring dips, done in descending repetitions of both skills, first 21, then 15, and then nine. Froning won, completing "Elizabeth" with a record-setting time of 2 minutes, 33 seconds. He finished the CrossFit Games first overall for the second year in a row, and then won a third time in 2013, claiming $275,000 for first place, up from his 250,000 earnings both in 2011 and again in 2012.
In May 2013 at the Northern California Regionals, where athletes compete to qualify for the World Championships in Carson, California, in July, Jason Khalipa set a new world record for "Jackie," in 5 minutes, 4 seconds. "Jackie is a workout for time: A 1,000-meter row, 50 thrusters (men with 45 pounds, women 35 pounds) then finish with 30 pullups. Jason qualified for the finals and went on to finish second, earning a $65,000 prize.
No angel, "Angie" asks you to do for time: 100 pullups, 100 pushups, 100 situps and 100 squats. All reps of one exercise must be completed before moving on to the next skill. Chris Speallar completed "Angie" in 10 minutes and 11 seconds. Speallar has finished "Fran" in 2 minutes, 12 seconds. He completed 34 rounds for "Cindy," which is five pullups, 10 pushups, and 15 squats. You do as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes.
Like running your marathon less than three hours, it is impressive to get through "Fran" under three minutes. So congratulations to Jason Kaplan, who finished "Fran" in 1 minute, 53 seconds, with video evidence to back it up. Done for time, "Fran" requires you to do two skills: Thrusters (95 pounds for men, and 65 pounds for women) and pullups, each 21 times, then 15 times, then nine times.