EVENT: Friday Night Lights & The CrossFit Open 2019
Friday Night Lights Starts February 22, 2019 at 5pm – 9pm
What is the CrossFit Open?
Thursday Throw Downs?
Friday Night Lights or Saturday?
Yes, I will answer all of these questions below!
We made a special Podcast Episode on the is very topic as well! You can find the podcast here.
The CrossFit Games Open 2019 season is almost upon us! Starting Thursday, February 21 the CrossFit Games organizer Dave Castro will release the first workout of the year, followed by subsequent workouts every Thursday for the next 5-weeks following.
By now, if you’re new to CrossFit, or to Harbor Park, you’re probably scratching your head asking… “The open? What is the open?” If this is you, don’t worry! Lot’s of people wonder this same thing. In this blog post, I will attempt to clarify all of this information for you, so just read on!
WHAT IS THE CROSSFIT OPEN?
Let’s start with the first question… what is the CrossFit open?
While we hit benchmark workouts throughout the year (1-rep-max back squat, 1-rep-max snatch, Fran, Cindy), the CrossFit Games Open is the time to see how we perform compared to other CrossFitters around the world.
The Open is comprised of five workouts over five weeks, and it starts with 19.1 (February 21st). Open workouts are identified by their year and the order in which they appear. The workouts will be released every Thursday during the five weeks of the Open, and you can watch the live announcement of the workout that will be streamed on the CrossFit Games website. We will be hosting a Thursday Night “Viewing Party” as we watch them reveal the workout!
After the announcement, we will be doing our Thursday Night Throw Down! (read below for more info on this)
After the workout is released, any athlete who has registered for the Open will have until 5 p.m. PT on the following Monday to submit their best score online.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CROSSFIT OPEN?
The Open is the first qualifying stage of the CrossFit Games. Any athlete who wants to compete at the Games must first make it through the Open in their region.
While the purpose of the Open is to find the fittest athletes in each region to move on to the regionals, it’s also an opportunity for any athlete at any level to participate in the competition. It can add meaning and purpose to your training while also bringing our gym’s community closer together. (As a rule of thumb, the Open is the time of year where we see many people achieve important firsts: bodyweight snatch, muscle-ups, toes-to-bars, handstand push-ups, double-unders, etc.)
Most importantly, the Open will also give you some interesting data on your performance in the gym, which can be a guide for setting realistic goals for the following year.
THAT SOUNDS GREAT, BUT WHY SIGN UP? I’M NOT GOING TO THE GAMES…
Only a very small percentage of athletes will make it to regionals, let alone the Games. While I can understand the sentiment of “Why bother?” I really encourage you to think about participating because you will be part of a very big international event that represents your affiliate. Every affiliate in the world can take part in the Open, which is amazing, and we don’t want you all to miss out on the fun!
It’s much easier to stay motivated during the Open (and with CrossFit) if you are actually committed to tracking your progress.
YEAH, BUT I DON’T KNOW. WHAT’S THE POINT?
If you’ve been doing CrossFit for a week, or a year or more, all it takes is a little competition to really bring out the best in you. It’s easy to lose intensity in your workouts if you are never pushed past what you think you can do.
It can also be a harsh reality check if you’ve been coasting in class this past year or not really sticking to standards for the sake of speed. All those times you wrote Rx’d next to your name on the whiteboard, maybe it wasn’t the case. Perhaps your takeaway will be that you need to count your reps properly, work towards virtuosity in your movements, or at the very least, achieve full range of motion on your reps!
If you have been interested in doing a local competition, then participating in the Open is absolutely your best opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to be judged and compete in a CrossFit event. While you may not make it to regionals, the excitement of doing the same workout as Games athletes is a really fun element to add to your weekly fitness routine. (I also dare you to not get addicted to leaderboard with fellow gym members.)
Finally, consider that the Open is simply a snapshot of your fitness at one point in time. Maybe you are rehabbing an injury, just coming back to the gym after a layoff. The easiest thing is to make an excuse and not participate. The Open can be the catalyst to get you back on track at the gym!
WHAT ABOUT ME? I’VE ONLY BEEN DOING CROSSFIT FOR TWO WEEKS!
Even if you are a complete beginner (yes, those of you who finished foundations last week/month), you can participate in the Open. Every Open workout will feature a scaled workout option and you can scale further with our help!
Think of this Open as an opportunity to set a performance baseline for CrossFit. I promise you that you will be amazed at your progress if you continue with your CrossFit training and retest the following year.
DATA = TRAINING PROGRESS
What’s most useful about participating in the Open is having a complete record of your past performances. From your first Foundations class to blog reminders about posting your WOD scores and times, writing down your training results is a huge (if not the biggest) component for seeing consistent progress in the gym.
Besides providing a nice reality check about your overall skill and fitness level, you’ll find that reviewing all the past data is beneficial for goal setting.
For instance, if I want to become better at CrossFit, there are some basic takeaways from my past Open results. Using my own data, I can note my strengths (i.e., 15.5, the thrusters and rowing workout) and my weaknesses (i.e., pull-ups – any year, any workout). I’m still waiting for the 30-minute kettlebell snatch AMRAP – fingers crossed for 2019!
OK, I’M CONVINCED! HOW DO I REGISTER?
On the CrossFit Games website, you will see a big red register button. Click it, and you’ll be directed to a login page where you will be prompted to enter your existing CrossFit ID. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create an account.
You’ll then be prompted to select your division, which is going to be either “Male” or “Female,” your location, and agree to the competition rules and waiver.
You’ll also be asked to pay a $20 registration fee. This fee goes towards running the competition, and your Open scores will be stored under your profile for years to come.
To complete your registration, make sure you join your Harbor Park CrossFit affiliate and then also select our affiliate’s team. You must select your team prior to the conclusion of 19.1.
Lastly, don’t worry about signing up for Rx’d or Scaled workouts. Everyone competing in the Open has the option of performing a scaled version of the workout in any given week. If you are a complete beginner, this is great news! It ensures that the experience will be even more inclusive.
SIGN UP FOR THE OPEN HERE
What Does Harbor Park CrossFit have planned for the Open this year??
We are excited to announce that we will be bringing back our Thursday Night Throw Downs! Last year, this got everyone excited and pumped to do this!
So, we plan to host the viewing party at one of the gyms (location TBD) at which point, after the release of the workout announcement, 2 (or more) athletes will go head to head and perform the workout as we all cheer them on!
Friday Night Lights is back!
This year, we will be bringing back Friday Night Lights starting on February 22nd at 5pm and go until everyone has performed the WOD.
Each week we will have a dedicated theme (which we will announce on the FB group page).
After the release of the WOD and Thursday Throw downs, the WOD for each Friday until the conclusion of the Open will be the Open WOD (with some extra mods if needed)… Then, each gym will shut down after the 3pm/3:30pm class. At which time, the festivities for Friday Night Lights will begin at 5pm!
Which gym is hosting FNL?!
We knew you’d ask! This part is up to you! The gym with the most Open Registered athletes will Host week 1,3 &5 while the other gym will host week 2&4. This means, get the word out there and get signed up!
Can You Participate Even If You’re Not Officially Registered?
Absolutely! And before you even ask, YES we can scale the workouts even further if needed!
We Need Judges!
If you are registered, please consider take the Online judged Course for $10. Anyone registered for the Open is required to have an official judge in order for us to validate their scores! So, if you register for the competition, please help us out and take the course. If you just want to judge and NOT do the Friday Night Lights, this is fine too! 🙂
REGISTER FOR THE JUDGES COURSE HERE
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