Fitness Level results come from Workout Levels. Workout Levels are earned after performing workouts that have enough data. If the workout also happens to be a Fitness Level workout, btwb will use the Workout Level as the data point for a specific FL category.
If a workout has enough results, the performance will be given a Workout Level. A Workout Level is a rating from 1-99 that evaluates your performance on a given workout. For example, a 4:22 on Fran (for men) will equate to about a Level 75 (75th percentile). Users will be able to compare performances for different workouts, say Fran and Helen, by looking at the Workout Levels for each. For example, if a user has a Workout Level of 90 on Fran, and a Workout Level of 80 on Helen, it means they are more competitive at Fran than they are at Helen.
You can find Workout Levels on workout session screens immediately after logging a result. Workout Levels will ONLY show if the level is 50 or higher.
Workout Levels & Fitness Level
For the four Fitness Level Metcon Categories (Bodyweight, Light, Heavy, Long), a user’s Category Level is calculated using Workout Levels from a list of designated workouts belonging to each of the respective categories. Only prescribed results for those workouts will contribute towards the Category Level (and Fitness Level). Not every workout is a Fitness Level workout, but if it is, the achieved Workout Level will also be the level applied to the specific Fitness Level category.
Power Lifting, Olympic Lifting, Speed, Endurance
Things work a little differently for the other four Fitness Level categories (Power Lifting, Olympic Lifting, Speed, Endurance). For these categories we do not use a Workout Level from a specific workout. Instead, we look at the actual intervals and sets performed from any workout, and establish a Level from that.
For example, in the Speed category, we compare all 400m runs performed by athletes in any interval workout, not just the Run 400 m TT workout. This is the reason for any differences between the “Run 400 m TT” Workout Level and the level used for the 400m distance on the Speed category screen. When calculating the “400 m Run Level” the runs can come from Run : 4x 400 m, rest 2 mins, or any other interval workout created using a 400m run. We want to compare each athlete’s best runs period, not just the runs logged for a specific workout.
Similarly, when calculating your deadlift Level in the Power Lifting category, we compare your best deadlift set (using Potential Max) to every other best Deadlift set on the site. We don’t just use the Workout Level for “Deadlift: 1 Rep Max“, because we evaluate results from all lifting workouts that include Deadlift sets (e.g. Deadlift 3-3-3-3-3).
Below is an example of a Workout Level being different from the Endurance category level for the exact same result.