What is the CrossFit Open?
The CrossFit Open is the first step of the CrossFit Games. Anyone and everyone worldwide can compete in the Open. The top athletes of the Open will move on to Regionals, and the top athletes of Regionals will move on to the Games. During the 5 weeks of the Open, a new workout will be released every Thursday night. Each competitor has until 7pm on Monday to perform the workout and submit their score. Then they can see their ranking in the world, the region, the state, the city, or even inside their own gym! Think of it as everyone in the world belonging to the same CrossFit gym for one day per week, and instead of recording your score on the whiteboard you do it on the CrossFit Games website.
What is Friday Night Lights and how will it work?
Friday Night Lights is weekly event thrown at Five Alarm CrossFit, every Friday night for the 5 weeks of the Open. The gym gets set up in a competition-style format and FNL athletes will complete the Open workout for that week in a series of heats, with judges and all!
In addition to simply running the CrossFit Open workouts, we have a friendly inner-gym competition. Five Alarm Staff has chosen 3 Team Captains (Andy Mitchell, Jason Cleary, and Ashley Mikkelsen – team names TBA). On February 10th, everyone who has signed up for the Open with Five Alarm CrossFit as their affiliate will be “drafted” by these Team Captains in a closed-door draft. Any athlete that registers after the Draft will be randomly assigned to a team, so get in early!
Every week, teams will earn points for completing the Open workouts. At the end of the Open, one team will emerge victorious! Points will be earned as follows…
- 1 point – for each person on your team who completes the WoD & submits a score for that week.
- 3-2-1 points – for each person on your team who finishes in the top 3 (male Rx/Scaled, female Rx/Scaled) for the gym that week.
- 5 points – to the team with the most team spirit each week.
There will also be chances to earn EXTRA POINTS for your team each week via weekly challenges, etc.! Stay tuned for those!
Each week of Friday Night Lights will also have a theme (think High School Spirit Week). For 2018, the themes will be…
- February 23 – Five Alarm Friday Night
- March 2 – Hillbilly/Country Night
- March 9 – Movie/TV Night
- March 16 – St. Patrick’s Night
- March 23 – Team Choice
How do I sign up?
Go to www.games.crossfit.com! Make sure you sign up under Five Alarm CrossFit BOTH as your Affiliate AND your Team. Once you’ve finished registering, be sure to share it on Facebook!
Does it cost anything?
CrossFit charges $20 to register for the CrossFit Open via the Games website. There is no additional fee for Friday Night Lights.
What if I can’t do some of the movements/weights, should I still register to compete?
Absolutely! This isn’t about what you could or couldn’t do last year. It’s not about what other people in the gym can or can’t do. This experience is about YOU. We want you to push outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Besides, who knows when you might get that first Double Under, HSPU, Pull Up, etc.? Also, if necessary, CrossFit HQ does a fantastic job of offering scaling options for each workout, so they do not have to be completed “Rx’d.”
If I do Scaled versions of workouts, will my score still count toward the team competition?
It does! In fact, we will be using a scoring system that levels the playing field for everyone. Your team will DEFINITELY benefit from your participation.
I can’t make it on Friday nights, can I still participate?
Yes! We know that Fridays won’t work for everyone. It is our goal to get as many people in on Friday nights as possible to cheer on one another and build our community; however, if you can’t make Friday night, the scheduled and recommended make-up day/time will be Saturday during Open Gym (9-11am). Remember, though, whenever you may choose to complete (or redo) the workout, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure someone will be available to judge you.
I have the 12 times per month membership. Will FNL count towards my classes?
No, FNL will NOT count toward your 12 visits/month!
Remember, sign up before February 10th to get in before the Draft! And even if you choose not to register, feel free to join in the fun and come on out to one or all of the Friday Night Lights events and cheer on your fellow Five Alarm athletes!
Have any other questions? Don’t hesitate to ask a Coach, or hit us up on social media! We can’t wait to see you all there!