September 14, 2010
Over 1,000 elite athletes have been tested at IMG Academies, including a group of top CrossFitters. Dave Castro describes the test protocols and shares the results.
In the spring of 2010, we sent a group of elite CrossFit athletes to the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. The purpose of the trip was to put them through Under Armour’s Combine 360 training protocol, “the global measurement standard for improved performance.” We were excited about putting our best CrossFit competitors up against a testing protocol of which we had essentially no knowledge.
We selected our group from the current crop of outstanding CrossFit competitors. They fell into a few different categories: winners of the CrossFit Games, high-placing 2009 Games athletes and 2010 sectionals winners or runners-up. At the time of this testing, we had not started the regionals.
Including our group, over 1,000 athletes have been put through the testing. This list comprises pro football players and other pro athletes from baseball, lacrosse, tennis and golf, as well as one of Canada’s top 100-meter sprinters and a host of other elite track stars. A host of elite amateur athletes have also been tested.
This purpose of this piece is not to judge, evaluate or criticize the testing protocol or the Combine 360. The purpose is to report how our CrossFit group measured up against the athletes who have gone through the 360 protocol.