Recently, you may have seen a giant poster appear on a nondescript wall at your gym. Featuring 15 rows with labels ranging from “Neurological and Core Endurance” to “Lactic Tolerance,” a multitude of colours, and a collection of diagrams, the poster is a striking addition that has undoubtedly raised some questions.
Well, we have answers!
We are very excited to bring the Level Method to Tidal. The Level Method is a system of testing and tracking that will integrate with our current programming and help you get the most out of your workouts.
What is the Level Method?
The Level Method is a collection of 15 tests that assess overall fitness and provides a tangible metric to track the development of our general physical preparedness (GPP). Each test corresponds to a mode in which our bodies use energy to produce power – an energy system. By asking us to complete a variety of familiar workouts and exercises, the Level Method allows us to have a better understanding of our strengths and weaknesses letting us to focus on our shortcomings and rapidly improve our GPP.
The Level Method MAP (the aforementioned giant poster) provides a visualization on how you rank on each individual test, as well as your overall level (color) based on the aggregate of all 15 tests. The poster also serves as a roadmap for improving your fitness – aka “Leveling Up” – by making it easy to see the corresponding next step in your fitness journey. Want to get your first muscle up? How are your ring dips and holds? Find out where you land on the “Rings” testing category, and you can progress, one step after another, one level at a time, all the way to your goal.
How do I get my Level?
Starting on Monday July 9th we will be including one Level Method testing day in every week of programming. Subsequent testing days will rotate weekly on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s. To get your level, continue to regularly attend Tidal classes. We will also provide an additional testing make-up day every four weeks on Sunday. In these sessions, you can make up one or two tests you have missed. When you complete a test, log your level at the following domains for each location. You must create a new account first using the access code listed below if it’s your first timing logging on:
Danforth: tidalcrossfitdanforth.levelmethod.com (Code “tidalcrossfitdanforth”)
York Mills: tidalcrossfityorkmills.levelmethod.com (Code “tidalcrossfityorkmills”)
Bronte: tidalcrossfitbronte.levelmethod.com (Code “tidalcrossfitbronte”)
Burlington: tidalcrossfitburlington.levelmethod.com (Code “tidalcrossfitburlington”)
A Coach will then validate your submission.
By September, we will have tested all 15 categories in class and provided three make up days. Once you have finished testing, you will have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and a better picture of your overall fitness. You’ll have clear guidance on the best scaling decisions to help you progress and Level up in every area of your fitness!
I've got my Level... Now what?
This is where the real work starts! Take a look at the areas of your fitness that need attention. For instance, if you need to improve flexibility, ask your coach what stretches or mobility work you need to be doing. Want personalized guidance on how to get from point A to point B? Consider a hybrid membership with dedicated skill work targeted towards your weaknesses. Finally, and most importantly, stay consistent. The best way to Level Up is by regularly attending Tidal classes and hitting every workout to the best of your ability!
Need to know more? Here are the answers to some additional questions you may have...
Is the Level Method Tidal’s new programming?
Not at all. Tidal’s progrogramming will continue to reflect CrossFit’s core focus on GPP and constantly varied functional movements. The Level method will work on top of our programming to better your training experience with us.
How do I receive a testing score?
Testing days will be integrated into our programming once a week on either Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. We will also provide a make up testing day every four weeks on Sunday.
Can I work through to Level Method on my own?
Unfortunately, no. We feel in order for this system to be effective, we must have a consistent means of implementing the tests. Without rigid guidelines, we cannot guarantee the measured consistency required for the Level Method to remain valid. To have a valid test score, the following conditions must be met:
- Judged by a Tidal Coach.
- Completed during a class, open testing day, or a 1 on 1 session.
- Meet the standard set forth for that test clearly and without a doubt.
- Submitted within 14 Days of completion.
I would like to re-test outside of a designated testing period.
Depending on the specific test, or tests, you are looking to perform, you can schedule a single 30 or 60 minute private session with a coach of your choice to complete the testing.
I have specific weaknesses that I am not sure what to work on.
Consider a Hybrid membership with dedicated skill work. With a hybrid membership, you will regularly meet with a coach to address specific weaknesses and work towards increasing your GPP as quickly as possible.
I still have more questions...
Please do not hesitate to speak with a Coach or Business Leader at your location. They are there to help!