Athletic Grit Leveling System

Many of you have come across a statement resembling this one: “X product is useful for a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level athlete”.

These statements exist to deter you from spending your time and money in the wrong places.

Athletic Grit Leveling Chart

Athletic level

Activity

Knowledge

Experience

Beginner 

Untrained

or

New to training

Basic to moderate

Less than six months of progressing

Intermediate 

Training 3-7 days per week

Extensive

Two to three years of progressing

Advanced

Training 5-7 days per week

Extensive

Over three years of progressing

Beginner Level Athlete

For our purposes, beginners include those who are:

  • Severely injured or unable to work around their injuries
  • In a strict rehabilitation phase for their bodies in part or in whole
  • Unaware of, or inexperienced with, their style of muscular training 
  • Have any level of physical education that is below outstanding
  • Out of shape

Typically, beginners should stay away from buying training equipment and devices.  

Most beginners are unaware of their preferred style of training. Therefore, they don’t know which tools are beneficial to them. 

Depending on what a beginner discovers to be their preferred style of training, they may realize that they have no interest in using certain training equipment.

Intermediate Level Athlete

Intermediate level athletes, for our purposes, include those who are:

  • Uninjured or understand how to work around injuries
  • Not in a strict rehabilitation phase
  • Very experienced with their style of muscular training 
  • Have an extensive physical education
  • In excellent shape

Intermediate level athletes can benefit from almost any piece of training equipment because of their level of physical education. Intermediate level athletes will have practiced their preferred style of training for approximately two years. 

Many people believe they are intermediates when they’re really beginners. An intermediate athlete has the knowledge and experience to create high-quality training programs for any number of uninjured athletes. If an athlete cannot do this, for our purposes, they are a beginner.

Advanced Level Athlete

Advanced athletes, for our purposes, include those who are:

  • Uninjured or understand how to work around injuries
  • Not in a strict rehabilitation phase
  • So experienced they should coach other athletes who have the same training style
  • Have an extensive physical education
  • In excellent shape

Advanced level athletes focus on training their bodies for very specific purposes. Therefore, they can benefit from any piece of training equipment that matches their training style.

Advanced athletes will have practiced their preferred style of training for at least three years. That said, most truly advanced athletes have been training for five years or more.