What's your test of progress?

What test do you train for to stay on course and measure progress?

  • Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC)

    Votes: 1 3.6%
  • PFT (Military, LE, employer, etc)

    Votes: 2 7.1%
  • Powerlifting/Weightlifting Max/Total

    Votes: 8 28.6%
  • 5k, Marathon, Triathlon, Other Endurance Event

    Votes: 3 10.7%
  • Simple & Sinister (S&S)

    Votes: 5 17.9%
  • Beast Tamer

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Right of Passage (RoP)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Named Crossfit WOD (i.e., Fran, Murph, etc.)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Tracking a benchmark performance measure is dumb and holds me too accountable

    Votes: 2 7.1%
  • Other

    Votes: 7 25.0%

  • Total voters
    28

Snowman

> 1k Posts
For the past few years my training has been pretty consistent, so I don't really need tests to see if I'm making progress or not. Either it gradually gets easier to do the work or it doesn't. If things aren't progressing, or are regressing, it's likely a recovery issue. I know the process works, so really all I have to keep tabs on are the things that could potentially interfere with the process.
 

Bro Mo

> 1k Posts
@Bro Mo
I'm curious... did the majority of responses in this thread address your original question in the way you expected them to?
I think so. At the time I was reading through a bunch of threads/posts that went something like, "I dont have any objectives, what should I do?" I wasn't that surprised to see as many responses here that were similarly vague about objectives.

I was in a similar boat for some time that I didn't have a long-term performance objective and I believe that it really screwed me by not having that distant destination. Every goal seemed pretty short-term and just a bunch of pin ball from island to island. I was just wearing out the sails wandering around the ocean - even if in a general direction. I wish I would have really assessed my need for fitness much more succinctly and precisely.
 
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I think so. At the time I was reading through a bunch of threads/posts that went something like, "I dont have any objectives, what should I do?" I wasn't that surprised to see as many responses here that were similarly vague about objectives.

I was in a similar boat for some time that I didn't have a long-term performance objective and I believe that it really screwed me by not having that distant destination. Every goal seemed pretty short-term and just a bunch of pin ball from island to island. I was just wearing out the sails wandering around the ocean - even if in a general direction. I wish I would have really assessed my need for fitness much more succinctly and precisely.

And what was the conclusion?
 

Anna C

> 6k Posts
Elite Certified Instructor
I always wondered if the snatch test, being so short, is representative of cardio endurance.
I would say there is some correlation between good aerobic fitness (if this is what you mean by cardio endurance) and being able to pass a snatch test, yes. But someone with a lot of strength, power, snatching skill, and decent tolerance for glycolysis/lactate buildup can get through a snatch test without a big aerobic engine, so I wouldn't say it's necessarily representative.
 

Steve W.

> 1k Posts
I always wondered if the snatch test, being so short, is representative of cardio endurance.
But someone with a lot of strength, power, snatching skill, and decent tolerance for glycolysis/lactate buildup can get through a snatch test
I concur with Anna's assessment. If you are strong enough, know how to snatch, and are willing to suffer for 5 minutes, you can pass the snatch test.

Yes, you may end up sucking wind but that doesn't mean a big aerobic base is necessary or sufficient.
 

offwidth

> 7k Posts
Conversely you could have a huge aerobic engine.... but if you don't have efficient technique (or technique at all) and not enough strength then you had best be prepared to suffer even more...
 

Anna C

> 6k Posts
Elite Certified Instructor
Conversely you could have a huge aerobic engine.... but if you don't have efficient technique (or technique at all) and not enough strength then you had best be prepared to suffer even more...
Exactly. That's why the 5-minute snatch test is so brilliant. It's only 5 minutes, and is incredibly illuminating as to your strengths and weaknesses.
 

Shawn90

More than 500 posts
I train for health, so my favorite measurement would be CP test. For strength I'd consider C&P, or just the MP, for a good test.

 

Alan Mackey

More than 300 posts
A few years back, I decided to go on a permanent Park Bench Mode and never looked back. So now, the only metric I care about is this: to train more often than not. And that doesn't necessarily mean strength training; running, martial arts, mobility... they all count as training.

If I end up the year having trained more than 190 days, I will be happy.

And, since I have no real goals to achieve anymore, I use this thing I call shame levels. These are the low-end performance levels I should be able to do any day, anytime, anywhere, irrespective of how much sleep I got, how tired I am and how sick I'm feeling (within reason).

Current shame levels (these are subject to constant adjustments):

- Running a 5K in no more than 25-30 minutes.

- Five solid reps of any of these exercises: front squat, snatch grip Romanian deadlift, incline bench press and incline row (torso at 45º), pull ups or dips, using 125%-150% of bodyweight.

- Medium-hard sparring for five minutes, without puking my guts.

- Crawling for five minutes straight.

These are not meant to be done all at once. Just make your own personal shame level list (aim WAY lower than you think), pick one randomly and see if you can do it when you have spent the night trying to calm the baby down and have running a mild-fever.
 

Anna C

> 6k Posts
Elite Certified Instructor
And, since I have no real goals to achieve anymore, I use this thing I call shame levels. These are the low-end performance levels I should be able to do any day, anytime, anywhere, irrespective of how much sleep I got, how tired I am and how sick I'm feeling (within reason).
I like that approach. Curious, if you find that you can't do one of these, do you adjust the emphasis of your training to try to get it back up to par?
 
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