What is our Virtuosity Band System?

beth-768x1024We designed the CFP VP program around our core values (Family, Integrity, Helping Others, Excellence, Fun and Growth) but also as a system for setting goals. Many people come into the our gym who were former athletes at some point in life and might have aesthetic goals such as losing weight or getting stronger. But what does that really mean? And to take it further, what do you do after that?

Goal setting can be fun, but it can also be challenging. When you start at CFP, or any CrossFit gym for that matter, there is a lot to take in. From the various movements, acronyms, benchmark names, gear, WOD’s, exercise selection, the list goes on!

This is unlike any program out there. If you are unfamiliar with the CFPVP, think of it like the “belt system” in martial arts.

Here is what is all about below:

As many of you will notice, we are eliminating both our leaderboards at CFP. We have had a leaderboard at CFP since we opened. Every CF box had one, so why not us?! The leaderboard is great because it drives particular people to work harder and set specific goals.

At CFP we’ve learned the leaderboard is irrelevant when you are just starting off and you might not have an idea of how to improve your fitness.

In place of the leaderboards you’ll see new information about the CrossFit Prototype Virtuosity Program (CFP VP), a system we’ve developed and refined to help you set goals and get rewarded for your daily hard work to improve your fitness. CFP VP is similar to the way some martial arts academies track progress and mastery, and being well rounded across the many different varieties of movements, skills, and tests is what CrossFit is all about.

The program name, Virtuosity, is derived from a 2005 Greg Glassman (CrossFit founder) article where he defined virtuosity as “performing the common uncommonly well.” This is especially challenging given how many skills are involved in CrossFit. Variety is baked into the definition of CrossFit, “constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensities” and fitness, as defined by Glassman, is an “increase in work capacity across broad time and modal domains”. What sticks out to us at CFP are functional movements and modal domains. Functional movements are particular exercises/movements that tend to occur in life (squat, deadlift, press, jump, run) and modal domains refers to the variety of those activities. The CFP VP will help you track your ability to perform functional movements across model domains uncommonly well.

With that said, it is important to us that through our program, we help you achieve your specific fitness goals. This could be helping you lose weight, increasing your lean body mass, improving energy, decreasing stress, feeling better, sleeping better, and most importantly, making fitness a lifelong habit. We believe well rounded fitness is developed as the 10 general physical skills are improved: strength, flexibility, stamina, endurance, speed, agility, accuracy, balance, power, and coordination. Those who are balanced through these 10 skills tend to be the most fit individuals, being able to accomplish any relatively challenging physical feat!

Our goal is to get as many of you involved in this optional program as possible so we (your coaches and team) can help you succeed! CFP VP is blueprint to help you set and reach goals…all you have to do is keep track of your awesome progress and watch how this years goals get crushed!

Take a look below for more information on the CFP VP, how to get started, and how it works!


What is the CFP VP?

  • It’s a band system, similar to the belt system in martial arts. This system rewards progress through the variety of measurements on the CFP VP.

How do I get started?

  • Ask one of your CFP coaches for a CFP VP sheet/document to mark progress until our automated site is built out! Once our site is built, this will be automated and you can start at anytime.

When do I get a band? How do I get the new one?

  • At any time you can submit your sheet and apply for a new band. After you “level up” you have wait 2 months before applying for your new band in order to give you time to work on your next and future bands!

What’s different?

  • New standards for everyone
  • New levels between bands
  • New compliance % for Masters over 45 including strength
  • New testing and advancement parameters
  • More areas to test
  • Automated system in the making to mark and check current progress

Any specific questions, email me at Mike@crossfitprototype.com

— Team CFP