February 20th, 2017  |  Comment
by Heidi Trafton

Friday Night Lights and the CrossFit Open

The 2017 CrossFit Open is almost here! Friday Night Lights celebrates the Charter Oak community and we look forward to seeing everyone take part.  It is 5 weeks of fun workouts with a kicked up atmosphere in the gym. Oh, and we like to have a celebratory beer after.

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Here’s how it works:

Every Thursday night the WOD is announced on the CrossFit main site. Starting Friday morning, Charter Oak athletes will give it their best shot. The 5:30, 8:00 and 9:30 AM classes will run as normally scheduled. In the evening, the festivities kick off at 5:00PM. We will run different heats of the workout with a suggested warm up. The excitement of having a gym full of friends cheering will help you get those few extra reps!

Feel free to bring friends and family to watch you or come spectate yourself if you aren’t competing or already completed the workout earlier in the day. It’s a fun night to cheer everyone on and see people hit PRs and goals. Plus we will probably go grab food together after. And who doesn’t love food?

FAQ’s:

What if you can’t make it in the gym Friday?

No problem, you can still complete the wod and earn a point for your team by coming to open gym on Sunday and doing it then.

How else can I earn points for my team?

Every athlete completing the workout by Sunday night earns a point for their team. The top male and female Scaled and RX athletes earn additional points for their team. There will also be some pop-up competitions throughout the week where you can earn extra points towards your team taking home Iron Oak Status.

What if I can’t do the workout?

There will be an RX, Scaled and Master’s versions of each workout. We will find something you can do!

What if I miss a week?

Life will go on! Just get your butt back in the gym for the next one!

Can I do the workout at 5:30AM and then just come hang out at night?

Ummm, yes! We may recruit you to help count reps for your teammates though!

I’m still confused…What exactly is the CrossFit Open?

The Open is the first stage of the CrossFit Games season and the largest community event of the year. Every year, hundreds of thousands of athletes come together to compete in the worldwide, online competition. Anyone aged 14 or older can compete in the Open. All you have to do is sign up at games.crossfit.com and log your score each week. Workouts are released on Thursdays at 5 p.m. PT, and athletes have four days to complete the workout for the week and submit their score. Scores are due before 5 p.m. PT the following Monday.

So do I need to sign up for the Open to participate in FNL?

Nope! You are certainly welcome to and we encourage it (it’s fun to see how your performance stacks up against the rest of the world) but you can also save your $20 and just see how you stack up in the gym.

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