When I first started CrossFit, I knew I wasn’t fit. I wasn’t even close to fit. In fact, I was winded-in-the-middle-of-one-flight-of-stairs Not-Fit. When you start close to the bottom, you pretty much know that you are close to the bottom. But what happens as you start to get better, fitter, stronger, faster? How do you know where you are on the journey?
Sure, there’s the CrossFit Games Open once a year where you can be ranked, there are PR stars that indicate improvement and overall, you start to just know that you feel better. But how do you REALLY know how far you have come? In most cases, you don’t.
One of the things that I have always thought that we lacked, was a way to actually see your relative fitness across the 10 General Skills, which together, indicate a person’s level of fitness. For those who don’t know, they are Cardiovascular/ Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. I may know that I am getting stronger by the sound of the PR bell that I just rang, but how do I know to what degree my flexibility has improved? How do I know that my *Overall* Fitness is improving? I don’t. And why do I even need to know this? Because that’s what CrossFit is about – Actual Fitness across all 10 general skills- not just excellence in one or two of them. And why is overall Fitness important? Because it is a better marker than simple “Wellness”.
A person could be considered well just because they are not currently exhibiting signs of illness or dis-ease. But does that mean they are fit? No.
Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in a conference for CrossFit gym owners who are taking their game to a new level. Movers and shakers, if you will. It was inspiring, enlightening and uplifting to say the least. I came away with SO much, and one of those big things was a solution to the above-mentioned dilemma – a way to accurately gauge a person’s relative overall fitness. That solution is called the Level Method.
The Level Method uses color-coded levels from White to Black (based on BJJ belt colors) to rank your overall level of fitness. It’s brilliant and comprehensive and simple all at the same time. Not only does it allow each athlete to know where they fall overall, it shows them exactly where their strengths and weaknesses lie! Knowing which area you are weakest in gives you the motivation to improve that particular skill so that you can Level Up in that category.
Leveling up is the best part – we get to celebrate your accomplishments with certificates, fanfare, social media posts and general shenanigans…. you know…what we do here.
As awesome as all of those things are, there’s more to this system than that. It is designed to provide for safe and steady progressions through skill-sets. SAFE being paramount. It’s a teaching tool, a guide, a gauge and a party all rolled into one!
The staff has been working hard to learn all there is to know about the Level Method, testing through the levels and getting ready to roll it out to you. We go live on July 23rd and you won’t want to miss it!
PS – if you are a past member who wants to get in on this… we have great new membership options and a special deal for you to return! Been thinking about trying CrossFit and this just pushed you to do it? Awesome! Contact us – we have great opportunities for you too!