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Old 07-09-2010, 06:37 AM   #1
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Athlete Levels/Ranks in CrossFit Gyms?

We're thinking about using a leveling system in our box to recognize clients for their progress through various stages in their CrossFit journey. We're thinking something like 10 domains that can be tested in various workouts, but are not really sure how to pick the right workouts. The idea would be to structure three levels, beginner (lvl 1), intermediate (lvl 2) and advanced (lvl 3) where you have to test each workout and pass each one in order to achieve the level.

Has anyone had any success with that at their affiliate? How do you design the levels?

Anyway here are some ideas for the tests:

Monoskeletal

Run 5k
Row 2K

Strength
CrossFit Total (% of bodyweight)
Oly Lifts (% of bodyweight)
Max Rep Pullups
HSPUs

CrossFit WODs
Fran
Helen
Cindy
Jackie
Deadlifts/Double Unders

Skills
L-Sits
Box Jumps
Muscle Ups
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:45 AM   #2
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Re: Athlete Levels/Ranks in CrossFit Gyms?

I know when I first started CF my box had a level system. It motivated me to work hard because I wanted to be a level 2 SOOO bad! Possible idea for you - come up with names for the groups rather than "levels" (ex. rookies, minor leagues, major leagues), etc. Thats a poor example of names, but you get the idea. I just feel like people would have more fun with it if they didnt have to call themselves a "level 2".
Also, possibly add to your skillsets that the athlete must be proficient at all the movements, and list these movements out. Be clear about muscle ups, HSPU, pullups, etc. The more clear you are about the standards, the more motivated the clients will be to reach them.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:59 AM   #3
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Re: Athlete Levels/Ranks in CrossFit Gyms?

We use the Petranek Fitness Milestones chart.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:12 AM   #4
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Re: Athlete Levels/Ranks in CrossFit Gyms?

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We use the Petranek Fitness Milestones chart.
Thanks for the info Casey. Here's the link in case anyone else is curious. wfs

http://www.crossfitla.com/cms/images...Milestones.pdf
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Re: Athlete Levels/Ranks in CrossFit Gyms?

No worries. For our purposes that's dialed right in and we keep a copy on a wall in the box. It gets heavy foot traffic and forms the benchmark for our Strength WOD assignments. We also use the baseline fitness assessment on every single person who walks in the door. A lot of our firebreathers use it as a warm up, actually.
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Re: Athlete Levels/Ranks in CrossFit Gyms?

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Thanks for the info Casey. Here's the link in case anyone else is curious. wfs

http://www.crossfitla.com/cms/images...Milestones.pdf
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No worries. For our purposes that's dialed right in and we keep a copy on a wall in the box. It gets heavy foot traffic and forms the benchmark for our Strength WOD assignments. We also use the baseline fitness assessment on every single person who walks in the door. A lot of our firebreathers use it as a warm up, actually.
These are pretty good, but I wonder about two potential problems. First, there are a lot to test and it's complicated and time consuming to test that many. Secondly, with 80% compliance, do you run into issues with clients ignoring key domains? Like big guys ignoring running/gymnastics, etc?
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Re: Athlete Levels/Ranks in CrossFit Gyms?

This is from Norcal S+C:

http://www.norcalsc.com/index.php/ho...vel_standards/
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Re: Athlete Levels/Ranks in CrossFit Gyms?

If you take a look at the list, 80% is only about 6 items that can be missed. An athlete wouldn't pass if they were completely incapable in one area of fitness. It's a very comprehensive list. It is highly likely that if an athlete can't do handstands, they also can't do L-sits, HSPU, muscle ups, etc. If gymnastics are a weakness, they won't make it to the next level.
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These are pretty good, but I wonder about two potential problems. First, there are a lot to test and it's complicated and time consuming to test that many. Secondly, with 80% compliance, do you run into issues with clients ignoring key domains? Like big guys ignoring running/gymnastics, etc?


Well we work most of the movements on the chart pretty regularly, especially the weightlifting and metcon components. Some of the gymanstics are a little obscure for us, but we do okay. We don't have too many athletes that avoid specific areas as we have a heavy goat focus. There's also three or four trainers at every WOD so we have good visibility on the population. We're a medium sized so it's pretty hard to lose someone in the shuffle.
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