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CrossFit Seattle, one of the very first CrossFit affiliates, set up a system to test athletic skills that has been used throughout the community for some time. We’ll be switching up Friday’s format to see what kind of benchmarks you can set. Here are some more details about the skill levels:

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 three 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.**

Yesterday, Trac247 got out of the gym and went vertical. What good is building strength, power, flexibility, endurance, stamina, speed, accuracy, coordination, agility, and balance if you can’t apply it outside the gym? Part of our prescription to working out is going out and learning new sports.

This week, we hit up the rock climbing wall at City Beach in Fremont. It was truly a humbling experience. We are hooked and will be looking to build our climbing skills as quickly as possible, because that wall kicked our butts yesterday!