Jan 14, 2011   //   by Paul Siegel   //   News  //  5 Comments


Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
225 pound Deadlift, 6 reps
7 Burpee pull-ups
10 Kettlebell swings, 2 pood
Run 200 meters

Kristan Clever 7 rounds + 10 KBS (155lb dead, 1.5 pood KB), Josh Everett7 rounds + 2 KBS, Karianne Dickson 7 rounds + 5 burpee PU (155lb dead, 1.5 pood KB), Rebecca Voigt 7 rounds + 5 burpee PU (155lb dead, 1.5 pood KB), Miranda Oldroyd 7 rounds (100lb DB dead, 50lb DB swing).

Some of you experienced “Fran Cough” Wednesday.  It’s a recognized symptom of doing that particular sort of high intensity exercise. It’s to be expected.

The interesting thing about Fran Cough is that no one really knows the physiological mechanism that causes it. There are a two theories:

1. A maximal effort causes a small amount of pulmonary edema where a tiny amount of liquid gets pulled across the blood/gas barrier in the lungs. That then triggers coughing until the edema is resolved. This is something also seen in rowers, as referred to in this article.

2. During maximal effort, forceful inhalation and exhalation causes microscopic blood vessels in the throat to burst, or at least bleed, which leads to the scratchiness. If you have ever noticed after a workout that your mouth tastes like copper, chances are good this has happened to you. This effect was first noticed in race horse and has not be validated in humans.

Of course neither of those theories has been conclusively proven, nor do they need to be. Fran Cough, while mildly inconvenient, is not dangerous.


  • I get the same type of cough after I’ve run a 2-mile for the Army, particularly in the cold weather.

  • I had the same cough after nutts. And a couple other WOD’s.

  • I get the same cough after a big bong toke.

    Congrats on making the main board Jose! and John B.!

  • Thanks Nate! Glad to be part of the wall. Im sure I will be dethroned but it feels so good right now!

  • Sound like the Crossfit Sandy Springs Emphysema ward