The Level 3 Test at CrossFit Scottsdale- “The Mental Game”
Adjectives to describe the test; Miserable, Long, Difficult, and the “Unknown.”
By: Jeff “Sarge” Brennan
I started at CrossFit Scottsdale in October of 2009 for the purpose of testing for the SWAT team and getting in better shape. In my line of work I don’t have the opportunity to stretch out before a foot pursuit followed by a fight (possibly for my life). Train hard, fight easy…
My strengths are: mental toughness, heart, and the desire to win. I don’t want to be second to anyone and I don’t give a shit if you have more training than me. There are plenty of people who have better genetics, and/ or Olympic technique…but when its “gut check” time I have the mindset to keep pushing and getting stronger. I thrive off of other competitors getting weaker during a WOD…it makes me stronger to see people break. The more I CrossFit the more I realize how much of a “mental game” it is.
Improvise, Adapt, and overcome.
Be prepared for anything and everything. The Level 3 test encompasses heavy weight and Olympic technique with little to no rest. With the Level 3 test you don’t have the opportunity to know what you are going to do next until you’re 98% done with that prescribed exercise.
So how do we look at this test and see whether or not an individual passed? Do we do it by a total number of reps, or mere “respectable” completion?
One thing that I completely agree on is keeping the test a secret until you have to absolutely come out and tell everyone because so many people have taken the test. The idea/ philosophy behind the Level 3 test is not being “prepared” or warmed up. There is no “WOD” management, just raw output. Challenge yourself as a human and see what you’re capable of
Congratulations Jeff “Sarge” Brennan on passing the CrossFit Scottsdale Level III Test