Information for Athletes
About Lattice Assessments
Lattice Assessments are a physically challenging batteries of tests that assess key aspects of your climbing performance. The tests have been designed and validated by Lattice’s team of expert coaches and sport scientists based upon our most current understanding of performance in climbing. Necessarily, these tests are maximal and will test your current physical limits. As a consequence, due to their fatiguing nature, the testing may be uncomfortable and or cause short-lived physical distress. Each test will be explained to you in full, you will be supervised at all times and you may stop the test at any point that you wish.
There are now four types of Lattice Training performance assessments available (depending on your assessment location).
Introductory Lattice Assessment – An introductory assessment completed on the climbing wall and fingerboard. This assessment provides you with feedback on your movement performance, finger strength (two arm), aerobic power and efficiency (finger board) and performance in a number of functional tests.
Lattice Board Assessment – The mainstay of the Lattice Board Assessment suit, the assessment is completed on the climbing wall, Lattice Board and fingerboard. This assessment provides you with detailed feedback on your movement performance, finger strength (one or two arm), aerobic power, capacity for anaerobic work, work capacity and performance in a number of functional tests.
Digital Lattice Assessment (COMING 2021)- The cutting edge of climbing performance assessment, the Digital assessment is completed on the climbing wall and using the Lattice Digital testing rung. This assessment provides you with detailed feedback on movement performance, finger strength (one arm, open and closed position), rate of force development, anaerobic capacity and critical force, along with performance in a number of functional tests.
Remote Assessment (COMING AUTUMN 2020 for select partners) – The Lattice Remote Assessment provides a remote testing option for the assessment of climbers of all abilities (from f6b or V4). This assessment provides you with feedback on your finger strength (two arm), aerobic power and efficiency (finger board) and performance in a number of functional tests.
Your assessor will talk you through each of the tests in detail before you are asked to carry them out. Following your assessment you will be provided with your results, a comparison of your data with the extensive Lattice Training database and detailed assessor feedback on your performance. You will be guided and monitored throughout the assessment process by your Lattice accredited Assessor. It is essential that during your assessment you communicate with your assessor about your performance and how you are feeling. You must stop exercising and inform your assessor immediately if you begin to experience pain or discomfort beyond that which you would normally expect when climbing or training.
A few points to bear in mind prior to your assessment.
Make sure you’ve filled in a pre-assessment form.
Your pre-assessment form will automatically be sent through by your coach before your assessment (if you haven’t received it, please check your spam folder before contacting your assessor). It covers basic background information such as your climbing history, your goals and any injuries (past or present). Ideally you want to fill in the pre-assessment form several days before your assessment, to allow your assessor ample time to familiarise themselves with the information you’ve provided.
Discuss any injuries with your assessor.
On the day of your assessment talk to your assessor about any potentially relevant injuries. Even though injuries are written in the pre assessment it is always useful for the assessor to discuss this in person.
Have a rest day prior to the assessment.
The aim of the assessment is to measure your peak performance so it’s important you are well rested prior to the assessment.
Bring your climbing shoes, chalk bag and a training diary if you have one.
No other equipment is necessary for the assessment.
Arrive at least 30 minutes early to get warmed up.
Your assessment involves maximal strength tests, so it’s important that you are fully warmed up. So that you get the most out of your time with your assessor, we recommend you arrive at least 30 mins early so you can get warmed up in your own time.
The assessment will take between 1hr 30mins and 2hrs.
The time of your assessment will vary dependent upon your performance in each protocol and discussion time for clients signing up for a training plan. The minimum time an assessment will last is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Please ensure you have the correct location for your assessment.
If in doubt, contact your assessor.
If you would like to discuss starting a training plan, please talk to your assessor.
Most Lattice assessors offer training plans as part of their service. Training plan services are individual to the coach completing the assessment and are separate from the Lattice team’s training plans.