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Old 03-17-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
Troy Archie
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It's great, I love it but I question the scoring aspect of it. Would it not be better to take your total and divide it by your bodyweight?

Take for instance I scored 640 today with a bodyweight of 161.5.
640/161.5=3.96.

I could take this number then and compare it to say Buddy's total of 850 with a bodyweight of 200.
850/200=4.25

I think that would say a lot more about each others strength totals and quite frankly be a lot more Crossfit per say than just lifting heavy weights. It would also level the field in regards to sex.

Just a thought anyway...
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:32 AM   #2
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I think that would be a bad idea and benefit the smaller person. Crossfit does not tell the 200lb man to do less pull-ups than it does you at 161.5lb even though he weighs more. If you want a way to compare your lifts to someone of a diffrent bodyweight there are multipliers used in powerlifting. The best thing though is to compare to your past lifts and strive for improvement. As Rippetoe said in response to a similiar question, "I would rather be called strong than called strong for my weight." Or something similiar. However, if your scoring system lets you and your friend compete with each other and you find that fun, then who I am to tell you not to do that?
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Old 03-17-2007, 12:22 PM   #3
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Nick:

Troy is correct on all points. Coach and Coach Rip instituted the CFT as a way to measure personal strength, and as a way to measure strength gains through CF programs. The appropriate metric is Troy's CFT last time c/w this time, to be beaten next time. For CF purposes the CFT is a measure of raw strength in three tightly drawn exercises scored in a precise and repeatable manner.

Having said that there are several threads on the Board where I have personally gone way beyond this original intent of the CFT (and been metaphorically spanked by Rip for doing so:giveup: ). CF, as an "open standard" system, lends itself to individual interpretation and experimentation. You can create all kinds of different ways to compare yourself to anyone else doing CF. Others suggested the BW control here and in the comments. Have a ball...this is supposed to be fun!

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Old 03-17-2007, 12:44 PM   #4
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Cool guys, thanks for the insight.
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Old 03-17-2007, 02:50 PM   #5
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Oops...should be "Troy, Nick is correct on all points."
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Old 03-17-2007, 02:56 PM   #6
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Thanks for the second post Darrell. I read the first one a few times and could not come up with a reply. =)
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Old 03-17-2007, 04:56 PM   #7
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Moving to WODs
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Old 03-17-2007, 06:20 PM   #8
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Troy,
If you're still interested in determining the "Best Lifter", the exact formulas can be found here:

www.galaxycompetition.com/insa_fronts/choice22.htm
www.qwa.org/Liftstats/calculateformula.asp

(The links are directly from Coach Rippetoe in the comments section from December 3, 2006.)
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