It’s almost October which means the Open is just around the corner! What is the Open you ask? Some of you may know it better as Friday Night Lights, which yes we did in February, it’s a Friday full of competition and setting some new goals for the following year.
A little background…
The CrossFit Open use to be the only pathway to the CrossFit Games. Everyone doing CrossFit, including the big names Fraser and Toomey could only get to the CrossFit Games through the CrossFit Open. It’s a time where mere mortals like myself and champions of CrossFit had the same weekend to do the same workout. Pretty rad really! All of CrossFit could test their times against the big dawgs! Anyway, I digress, now we have fun things like Sanctionals (yes that’s a real word) where athletes can qualify to go to the games. If you are familiar with Granite Games it is a Sanctional to the CrossFit Games.
What’s the Point of the Open Now?
The Open is a chance to test your fitness. If you haven’t done one before this will set the benchmark for next year. It’s a great place to reflect on your CrossFit journey and see how far you’ve come and how far you want to go. The cool part is they repeat at least one workout each year so you’ll have a solid baseline. They repeat several moments like pull-ups, thrusters, wall balls and of course double unders. Yeah you’ll see all of those in some form in the Open. Don’t worry, just like at Icehouse, there’s a scale for Everything so no matter your fitness level this will be a great test!
Where did Friday Night Lights Go?
Don’t worry it’s not gone! As we went all out in February, we are throwing one big party at the end of this Open season and FNL will return in 2020. This year each workout will be during Friday classes starting October 11thso we encourage you to coordinate with your buddies and crush a Friday Open workout. We will be having a big party the final Friday, November 8th so mark your calendar. We can’t wait to have some fun in a few weeks.
Sara Mozingo is the Co-Owner, head coach, and programing wizard at CrossFit Icehouse. When she’s not developing rep schemes and diving into the nerdery she enjoys hanging out in nature hiking trails or climbing rocks with her side-kick Mr. Mosely.