1.) I’m new to Icehouse and I’ve never heard of Friday Night Lights before, should I participate?
Absolutely! At Icehouse we host Friday Night Lights (The Open) every year because it is a great way for our community to come together and support each other in the spirit of fitness. We believe that as an affiliate there is something special about joining over 15,000 gyms worldwide and “competing” in the same workout. As things go at Icehouse, “competing” is a term that we do not use lightly. We coach our athletes to find the aspects of each workout that will challenge them, but also promote their long term success in training. In some cases that might mean scaling back on the weight, and in others that might mean stepping on the gas.
2.) What happens if I can’t make all of the Friday Night Lights events?
Not a big deal. We will post the upcoming week “need to know” video the Sunday before every week. Can’t make it Friday, that’s okay, you can still do all of the challenges for the week to earn your team Points. If you are traveling, and you can find a gym, you can complete the workout there for the points. Let your team captain know you are doing that and send a picture of your score for credit.
3.) Who programs the workouts? What if I can’t do some of the movements?
CrossFit HQ programs the workouts. They are meant to be inclusive and challenging at the same time. As I am sure you have heard, we reserve the right as your coaches to call any and all audibles that we may deem necessary. Please know that we will do our best to preserve the integrity and intended stimulus of the workout, however we also want you to be safe and successful – walking out feeling accomplished!
4.) What does the regular class schedule look like during Friday Night Lights?
Friday Night Lights will begin on February 22nd and end on March 15th. During that 5 week period we will not be holding regular CrossFit classes on Friday Nights. FNL will start at 4pm and end whenever the last heat finishes up. This means that we may run past the 8pm hour or finish up early. Whatever the case may be, we will not be having the 5:30 and 5:30 classes on Friday evening during the 5 week competition.
5.) How will I know my heat time and when I am supposed to workout?
Heat times will be posted on the white board in the Flux Space. It is up to you to come in on Friday Night and sign up for a heat. The doors will be open at 3:30, first come first serve for heat times. Please arrive early as you will be responsible for warming yourself up and being ready to go at your heat time!
6.) Will you be coaching a warm-up before each heat?
We will have a posted warm-up in the Flux room. We will not be running a formal warm-up before each heat.
7.) Is there open gym on Friday Night Lights?
No. We will use all the space available for Friday Nights. Please plan accordingly, we will have normal class times on Saturday and Sunday during FNL.
8.) I don’t plan on actively participating in Friday Night Lights, but is there something else I can do to help the gym?
We rely heavily on our members to help us judge workouts so that each person can have the same awesome experience. We will also never say no to anyone who can stay late and help us clean up after the competition is completed for the night 🙂 Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help out on the judging or cleaning front.
9.) Will you be running The Open workout during regular class times before Friday Night Lights?
No. The only time you can hit the Open workout is during FNL. You would have the option of doing the workout during an open gym time. If you want to have a judge you should do FNL or you will have to find your own (not a coach) for open gym.
10.) Why do you guys host Friday Night Lights?
Great question. We host Friday Night Lights because it’s a great way for our community to showcase their support for one another. There is something special about a room full of people cheering for you as you chip away at a metcon in an effort to see you succeed. Over the years we have seen that people have accomplished things they did not know they were capable of.
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.