Scoring Change for Lifting Workouts

When we were first developing the site, it was decided that lifting workouts like Deadlift 3-3-3-3-3 and Back Squat 5-5-5-5-5 should be compared by finding the max load at the prescribed reps.  For the most part that seemed to be a pretty good comparison, especially within your own results. However, using just the max load didn’t seem to fully capture everything that happened when you performed the workout. Nor does it reflect the CrossFit idea that these are Max Effort strength workouts.

That’s why we are going to change how these workouts are compared and scored by on the site. Going forward, they are going to be scored by the total weight lifted. Don’t worry, you won’t need a calculator to post your result, we’ll do the totaling for you. In case you were wondering, it will be found by summing the weight multiplied by the reps in each set.

Here’s a quick example:

100 lbs x 3 + 105 lbs x 3 + 110 lbs x 1 = 725 lbs

On the site this result would be displayed as:

725 lbs | 100 lbs, 105 lbs, and 110 lbs (1)

Since the scoring is by the total weight, those results with heavier weights throughout the sets will be ranked higher even if the max load in a set is lower. Keep that in mind when comparing your results to others on the site.

There are quite a few lifting workouts on the site that have several thousand results each, so it’ll take some time to update all of them. You’ll know when a result has been updated when you see the total weight before the weights of each set, as in the example above.


1 Comment

  1. matt w
    October 29, 2011 / 1:25 am

    awesome! thank you btwb

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