Level Method- What Is It?
You’re probably wondering right? What the heck is the Level Method?
Well it’s a system that will show you and your coaches exactly where you stand in fitness.
It gives you the knowledge, and your coaches the tools, to help you achieve your goals faster than ever before. ⚡️
Now there’s a whole lot of psychology and science 👨🏾🎓behind everything we do -- but the simplest way is to think of martial arts - white to black belt.
The MAP (“Method of Athletic Progression”) is a detailed yet easy-to-understand chart of athletic tests that measure and reward greater achievements in physical capacity. You'll see a colorful board consisting of Levels moving left to right (separated by vertical lines), and Categories from top to bottom (separated by horizontal lines).
Each category has an upper number (MALE Standard) and a lower number (FEMALE Standard) and there are 32 Levels in each category.
The Level Method measures your fitness across 15 categories that cover 10 "energy systems" and over 60 different functional movements and variations. 🏋🏽♀️
Basically, you're going to see a TRUE snapshot 📸 of where your fitness is!
The 15 categories are comprised of things like Upper Body Pull, Deadlift, and Running.
Each category moves from left to right →, from beginner to advanced, and correspond to colored levels, similar to a martial arts belt ranking system.
The information you obtain through these tests will show you exactly where you are in your fitness journey.
Knowing exactly where you are in your fitness journey is the first step needed to safely and effectively progress toward your goals.
The first step is to ASSESS your current ability by going through your initial assessments. You can use the app to log your results and keep track!
*FYI... the MAP is not online, it's printed and hanging in your gym.* This is so all assessments take place in the gym. Once you complete an assessment of a category, look at the corresponding color on the MAP and log the results in your Level Method app. 📱
Then, with your new-found information, you'll ADDRESS your weaknesses. You can simply keep training regularly, then do an assessment in 3 to 4 months and see how you've improved OR you can work with one of your coaches and target your weak areas in a refined way so you Level up faster!...💥
If you are working on your weaknesses and training you WILL improve, and you'll level up when you re-assess! It's a great time to celebrate your awesome achievements, ⭐️ and then back to working on the next weakness areas. The Level Method gives you information you simply can't find anywhere else. It shows you the EXACT next steps you need to make fast progress. If you want to hit your goals, nothing beats having a clear plan of action.Here are just a few benefits of using the Level Method...
Clarity Fueled by Millions of Data points.
The Level Method has been developed over many years -- and is fueled by millions of data points 🤓 - to create standards for each level. You'll understand objectively where you are in YOUR fitness journey. Armed with this clarity, you'll be able to go wherever you want.
What are you training for?
To stay healthy? To lose weight? The clearer the target, the more likely you'll hit it. The Level Method gives you targets in each category to shoot for, so it's easier to have concrete, measurable goals. 😎
Plus, every time you do hit those targets and level up you're recognized for your achievement 🏆 -- which feels amazing!
The big colorful MAP (Method of Athletic Progression) is also a map of fitness. Once you know where you are, you can pinpoint weaknesses and work systematically to improve those areas. This is not available anywhere outside of Level Method, and gives you a big advantage in terms of improving as fast as possible. Your coach / trainer will be able to sit down with you and form a game plan.
Most often times injuries happen when someone is trying to do a movement or weight that they aren't ready for. For example, if the strength to do a weighted strict pull-up is absent there is risk when doing kipping pull-ups. Making sure you progress through the levels and build the right skills and strengths will prevent extended layoffs due to injury and minimize downtime so you can keep improving!
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“I love the combination of cardio and strength. The coaches are knowledgeable and encouraging, but still push you to exceed your expectations. Level Method is great for scaling and allowing everyone to do a workout at their level. There are programs for everyone, of all ages and skill levels.”S.C.
“ When we were able to attend the gym again after a long Covid absence, I found myself performing in many movements at levels lower than when I was last physically at the gym, even though I had attended zoom classes regularly.
I mentioned my frustration to Coach Lisa and asked her if she could assess me in some movements and give me an indication of where I should be performing, given my age.
That’s when she introduced me to the Level Method of Assessment. I was anxious to know how I was performing compared to my age group.
What I hadn’t given a lot of thought to, was that perhaps what matters the most is to what levels I could raise my individual performance to.
Coach Lisa explained how enlightening and worthwhile the assessments would be. We had done one or two assessments in our Legends program but I was eager to see the complete comprehensive picture of my abilities in all areas of activity.
I signed up for 4 private training sessions, one per week for 4 weeks. Coach Lisa began by challenging my physical age vs. my chronological age. The results of that in itself, were a real eye opener and confidence booster.
By week 3 & 4, I was wishing I could do week 1 & 2 again, as each week, I pushed myself even more.
After the assessments I found that in our Legends class I would try that more challenging weight, do the extra reps or find a way to modify an activity so I could achieve at a higher level.
Coach Lisa was extremely supportive during the assessments and was even able to trick me into skipping, an activity that I had convinced myself I could not do because of physical limitations. Thank you, Lisa.
I look forward to being able to do some retesting in the future. The Level Method Charts are on the wall in the gym. I encourage anyone who is not familiar with them, to have a look and chat with your coach to see if Level Method Assessments might be helpful to you. “L.C