Our annual Friday Night Lights event is almost here! That means 3 weeks of fun, fitness, and friends beginning March 1st. If you’ve been with us for awhile, you’re probably already getting excited. If you’re new to the gym, this is definitely something you won’t want to miss. Check out the rest of this post for additional details including the registration link!
Friday Night Lights is a 3 week, inner gym event where athletes will complete a workout (provided by the CrossFit Games Open) in a competition setting while cheering for and hanging out with other Five Alarm athletes. The event begins on Friday, March 1 and wraps up Friday, March 15. Our schedule for those 3 weeks will look like this:
- 4:30pm – Regular Group Class
- 5:35 pm – Athlete/judges briefing w/ performance tips, judging standards, and heat assignments (please do NOT skip this or be late!!)
- 6:00 pm – Heat 1 begins
*** Please note, there will NOT be Open Gym access during the event.
Each week will have a different theme that we encourage you to participate in. Think of it like the gym’s version of Homecoming Week in high school. The themes will be released as we get closer to the event. We will also have other community businesses on site offering samples of their products and services.
So how does this all work? Every Thursday night, after CrossFit releases their workout, we will create heat times for Friday evening. Registered athletes will head over to the Athlete page on Facebook or to our website at sign up for their desired heat time. Heat assignments are first come, first serve but don’t worry, everyone will have a chance to do the workout that night. On Friday evening, the gym will be set up in a competition setting complete with lanes, clip boards, and scoring sheets. For each athlete competing, we will need one additional athlete to judge them. Don’t worry if you’ve never judged before, we’ll provide you all the things to look for and make it easy.
NOTE: If you’d like to see how you stack up against the rest of the world, you’ll either have to calculate and keep track of where you would have finished on the CrossFit.com Leaderboard, or register separately on open.crossfit.com.
So are you ready for the fun? If so, click the link below to sign-up. Still have questions? Ask your coach or send us an email and we’ll help you out!
Registration Costs (1 time fee for all 3 weeks)
- $20 – current Five Alarm members
- $25 – non Five Alarm members
How is Friday Night Lights different than a regular Friday class?
For the event, the gym is set up in a competition style format. Athletes will have their own “lane” for the workout along with a judge that will help count their reps, write down their score, and encourage them to keep the standards of the workout (squat depth, chin over bar, etc). This is also a time when we encourage people to push a little harder than they might in a group class or spend extra time trying to get that first pull-up or lift a slightly heavier barbell (don’t worry, we won’t encourage you to do anything we think will injure you). You might be surprised what you’re capable of when in this type of environment.
What is the Open?
The Open is an online competition hosted by CrossFit HQ that gives the fitness community a chance to see how they might stack up against the rest of the world in the sport of fitness. The top finishers in the Open will get a chance to move on to the next level with the best of the best making it to the Games (CrossFit’s version of the Super Bowl). Every Thursday night for 3 weeks, CrossFit HQ will release a new workout for athletes to complete. We will be utilizing these workouts during Friday Night Lights but athletes do not need to participate in the worldwide competition (for those that wish to, you’re welcome to register for both).
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, because this is an inner gym competition, we can help you modify the workout to your ability level if something comes up that you are unable to do.