5 Things you need to know about Level Testing
What is Level Testing?
1. What is Level Testing?
2. Why should I take a Level Test?
3. Which Level Test should I take?
4. How do I prep for Level Testing?
5. Where do I sign up
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What is Level Testing?
Level Testing has evolved over the years. As our program expands, so do the fitness standards, and the expectations for the athlete. This is version 3 of level testing. We have expanded the scope of the tests to create a more balanced athlete. The previous tests lack certain areas that the new test highlights . . . like movement screening and identifiable progressions throughout all 4 Levels.
Think of these as proficiency tests much like fire, military, police complete annually instead of a one and done test. Our fitness is fluid and will change throughout the years and these tests will help bring awareness to things the you do well or need to work on in your current state of fitness.
What about the OG’s (Original Gangsters)?
There are a handful of you who have completed a Level 1 or 2 test in the past. The new tests do not discount the hard work and success of your past tests, but just as you have grown as an athlete, so have the tests. My suggestion for those of you who have already taken a Level test in the past would be to see which level test aligns with your current fitness level and partake in that test. That may mean you complete the new Level 2 even though you have already passed the original Level 2. . . Remember fitness is fluid.
Why should I take a Level Test?
Level Tests are just another way to measure your progress and results. The tests are not a black and white pass or fail. They will clearly identify the strengths and possible weaknesses in your training. Any weaknesses are a chance to work with your Primary Coach to become a more well rounded athlete, and pass the test in the next quarter.
Eddie took the Level 1 and he successfully completed 6 out of the 9 tests. We now know that Eddie has a great strength base, and mobility as he passed all of the strength and functional movement tests. We also learned that Eddie needs to work on his Capacity and Skill work.
Eddie meets with his primary coach to create a plan, and a few days later Eddie has a 6 week, 2x/week, 15-20 min post workout accessory program to follow to improve his capacity and skills.
Without these tests, weaknesses can go unseen during the workouts. The longer we let our weaknesses linger, the farther we are from our goals and ultimately our results.
Which Level Test should I take?
If you have never taken a level test before, it is always best to start from the beginning and work your way up. Remember, these are quarterly tests to assess proficiency, balance, and improvement within the sport.
If you have already taken a level test in the past, Level 1 may still be the best place to begin. However, you can make an honest assessment of your current fitness level and choose a test that aligns.
How do I prep for Level Testing?
We prep for level testing every day through our training in class. You also have access to the level tests ahead of time. If there are areas you know you struggle with, talk to your primary coach so you can come up with a plan to tackle your weaknesses.
Each level test will take approximately 90 minutes, so plan on being here a little longer than usual. Level Testing is free, and does not count as one of your weekly workouts. So if you are on a 3x/week plan. You can still get in your 3 workouts + Level Testing this week!
About the Author
Stephanie's career in fitness started almost a decade ago after graduating with a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. Over the years she's gained invaluable experience as a business owner and dedicated coach to hundreds of athletes. CrossFit has given her the opportunity to compete with incredible athletes around the country at the Regional and Games level.