CrossFit gym to throw Kilts and Kilos Field Day event

Sinclaire Sparkman • Updated Mar 17, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Community members are invited gather Saturday in Mt. Juliet for an event that includes fitness-based games, food on the grill and a chance to see athletes compete while wearing kilts. 

CrossFit BNA in Mt. Juliet will hold Kilts and Kilos Field Day on Saturday at noon, after the fourth round of the CrossFit Open at 10 a.m. Anyone can come watch or participate in the open workout and Kilts and Kilos Field Day at CrossFit BNA at 163 N. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet. The event is open to all ages and “bring your own beverages” is allowed.

“We have a field right beside my gym, and some of the festivities at the field day will include the team balloon pop, bobbing for green apples and tug of war. We will bring out grills, and people can watch or participate in the games,” said Daniel Branfast, owner of CrossFit BNA in Mt. Juliet.

Games will be performed both in teams and individually with some games having partners tied together to create more of a challenge. Kilts and Kilos games are fitness-based and include the partner kettlebell competition, partner wall ball frog jump, team balloon pop, green apple “bob-a-thon,” solo lacrosse ball blind team competition, Hula-Hoop contortionist competition, tug of war and a free-for-all balloon pop arena.  

“People are encouraged to bring food, chairs and wear sport-like clothing like basketball shorts, or of course, a kilt,” Branfast said. 

Some local fitness vendors such as Nutrishop, Beamer Body Heal, Typhon Clothing and the Lifters Clinic’s physical therapy will be on hand to provide information. 

The CrossFit Open is a worldwide competition that is organized by the California CrossFit headquarters each year. About 400,000 athletes from around the globe post their fulfillment of the five weekly challenges given by the headquarters as judged by a CrossFit trainer at a CrossFit affiliate gym. 

“The open is the first step for serious CrossFitters to try to qualify for the CrossFit games,” said Aaron Christenbury with Lebanon CrossFit. “For the casual CrossFitters, it gives a chance to compete on the world stage and primarily have healthy competition with their friends.” 

Three Wilson County CrossFit gyms organized events around the open, and everyone is invited to see how local athletes stack up. The events include heats and also individual workouts, some community fellowship and the chance to meet local CrossFit trainers from both Lebanon and Mt. Juliet. 

“A lot of gyms compete with each other. We actually do what we consider the opposite. We really are basically a community of fitness,” Brandfast said. “A lot of people think you can’t do CrossFit unless you’re in really good shape. That’s why we have scaling options to fit your ability level. Anybody can do this. The hardest part of doing CrossFit is just walking in the door. 

To learn more about the event, email CrossFit BNA at [email protected] or visit facebook.com/crossfitbna.

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