This is why your INTRO Session is so important. It helps CrossFit Fuse, and yourself to determine your athletic experience and ability and determine a skill level, and what classes that you should attend.
Level testing is another way to take your training to the next stage,and allow you to evaluate your progress through four levels of fitness. It provides measurable goals, direction, a source of motivation, and one more reason to come together as a community and cheer on your fellow athletes!
Using the Athletic Levels Developing expertise in any area requires determined, consistent effort. Level Testing is to be used as a guide in physical evolution through CrossFit. They are not all inclusive, but it does provide proper markers through the levels of fitness and development.
The levels are:
Level I – Healthy beginner. This level is the minimum standard for health. Lacking these basic levels of strength, flexibility and work capacity makes daily life unnecessarily limited. The complete Level I should be attainable within 3 to 12 months for those with no significant limitations. At this level, proper basic movements, such as hip flexion and active shoulder use, are developed, while healed injuries and structural problems are resolved.
Level II- Intermediate athlete. All healthy adults can aspire to this level of fitness and should perceive these skills as normal. Basic movements are perfected and advanced skills are introduced. The complete Level II may take from six months to several years to reach after achieving Level I. Along the way, you develop significant levels of strength, stamina, work capacity and speed, building on the Level I foundation already attained.
Level III – Advanced athlete. Few people posses this level of general fitness, although any healthy person can achieve it. The strength, work capacity, power and skill required to meet these goals can prepare you to tackle any kind of physical performance with competence and confidence. Expect to invest another three to five years of consistent effort. This is an appropriate level of general fitness for those who depend on their fitness: competitive athletes, military, law enforcement and firefighters. Engaging in combat or highly competitive sports without possessing the abilities of Level III is inviting injury or failure. Any additional requirements of your sport need to be added
to this list.
Level IV – Elite athlete. This level of achievement requires long-term dedication and a passion for fitness. The skills required of Level IV are very advanced and, taken as a whole, represent a highly skilled and well-rounded athlete.
These Athletic Levels are intended to be a gauge and a guide. Do not beat yourself up for not being “elite.” Use the Levels to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and to make smart choices about your training time. This is not definitive to CrossFit or an exercise prescription.
Proper form in all movements is imperative. Many resources are available to help with technique: coaching, videos, books, seminars, and workout partners. USE THEM (Courtesyof CrossFit Seattle)