How Archon Combine Works

Archon Combine allows fitness professionals to perform standardised assessments on their clients. Archon algorithms take into account all of your clients varying factors including height, weight, age, gender and even wingspan. It is the perfect software for Fitness Professionals to assess their clients allowing you to keep a record of everyone you train to easily view their improvement every time they or you input your client new scores.

The Assessment Criteria

How do we standardise a movement pattern so that as a fitness professional doing fitness testing with your clients you can create consistency of the results and therefore the data being obtained? By reliability, validity and repeatability. This means that if one of your clients is doing a squat right next to you and then another 3000 miles away you can be confident they would be doing the same thing even without you being there.

How do we sort the criteria out for each assessment?

Archon Combine Assessments

In working out the criteria for the assessments we set out to seek the endorsement from the various governing bodies that were involved in order to create the ultimate set of criteria for each assessment. Once everyone agreed on the format of the assessment and the performance criteria associated with them, they became the standards to which every assessment on the Archon Combine platform would abide by.

It’s now up to you to make sure that you understand the criteria and follow them, either when performing the assessment yourself, or with your clients. Once you’re a part of Archon you’re part of community and we want you to have that sense of belonging but with that comes a responsibility to the other people within that community. So don’t think that the criteria don’t apply to you or your clients, they apply to everyone and if we are going to achieve our goal for the project we need everyone to play by the same rules.

The Tier System

There are 6 Archon tiers, 6 being regarded as a novice, or in some cases, this could be due to injury, lack of mobility or motor skills, and 1 being elite. This would represent someone who is at the very top of his or her game.

How do the Tiers work?

To progress from 6 to 5 might, in this case, require an improvement of 5% with Tier 5 to 4 being an additional 15%.

We’re not going to tell you the exact workings behind how the tiers work but rather give you an indication as to how they became as they are.

The only thing you need to know though is that they are the same for everyone.
Concentrate on doing the assessments in line with the criteria and leave the rest of the details to us.

Each assessment tier is slightly different, through research we know that progression in certain areas is faster than others, and so the tiers represent this. Let’s take the jump as an example.

Scoring Algorithms

Too often when forming a comparison within fitness we look at one singular unit and make our decision based upon that with no regard to any other factors that could play a significant role in the outcome. The best example to use is Relative Strength versus Pure Load Lifted. When someone says “what do you bench” in the gym what they essentially asking you is “how much weight do you put on to the bar?” Their response of 120kg then forms the basis of comparison to the number of kg that you place on the bar and you formulate a conclusion that either you have more load on the bar than he does or vice versa in order to decide who therefore has the best bench press.

How do we sort the criteria out for each assessment?

Archon Combine Scoring

Just some of the things that have failed to be taken into account though are the bodyweights of the individuals. If person A, lifts 120kg and weighs 120kg then they are essentially lifting a 1:1 ratio. Person two, who lifts 100kgs but only weighs 80kg in bodyweight is actually 1.2:1 making their lift more impressive.

Then age, gender, height and in some cases anthropometric measurements also need to be accounted for to get a truly accurate picture of which lift was the best.

All of the assessments work in the same way, some are calculated in power output (watts per kilo) others speed, distance or time. Some will place you in a heavyweight or lightweight category depending on your bodyweight, which can hugely vary the expected result. It’s for these reasons that Archon Combine has taken so long to develop and why we were so careful about whom we’ve let see it and whom we haven’t.

Do you need to know anymore about the algorithms? No. You just need to know that every time you type in yours or your clients results there are a million different equations going on in the background so that in this case we are doing the heavy lifting so that you or your clients don’t have to.

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