The Human Evolution Laboratory Teamwork and Training Model (HEL TTM) aims to evolve the human organism through teamwork, personal and group achievements, and competition. Utilizing the best methodologies from around the world, we have created an integrated approach to fitness, general physical preparedness, thrivability, and personal development.
The HEL TTM uses multiple facets to develop the individual.
Fitness Education and Empowerment – athletes begin their training with a solid foundation of information, nutrition, and physical training. This is where self-knowledge begins. You must know where you are to know where you’re going.
Goal Setting and Performance Evaluation – individual goals are imperative for growth. Using the S.M.A.R.T. Goal System, all new team members create personal goals that they can refer to throughout their training. When goals are met, new ones are set.
Team Development – training in groups builds teamwork and competition simultaneously. Once the athlete has completed their foundations training, they will start training in a group setting to continue to develop general physical preparedness.
Leveling-up – as GPP develops, the athlete will undergo periodic testing to ensure they continue to build their fitness in a broad, general, and inclusive way. We use Dave Werner’s Level 4 program as the basis of our testing and progressing athletes.
Commendation Awards – even though the focus is on GPP, single achievements are recognized as well. These single-event awards are using in conjunction with personal goals to keep the athlete focused on the next accomplishment.
Award Ceremonies – recognition for a job well done is a part of positive reinforcement and powerful way to motivate individuals to new successes. Since these award ceremonies are done as a community, as the individual develops so does the team.
All HEL TTM candidates start with the Foundations course. The foundations course is split into two phases. Athletes that have functional movement training experience can test out of Foundations by opting to take a written exam and performance evaluation. The written exam tests your knowledge of physical fitness, GPP, and nutrition. The performance evaluation ensures you have the requisite athleticism needed for group training.
Foundations – Phase 1
Monday – Friday (10 hours)
100% attendance is recommended but not mandatory
Foundations (P1) is the beginning of the pipeline and covers the basics to functional movement training. Each hour includes a short lecture aimed on educating the new athlete in fitness methods, definitions, and nomenclature. The physical training in Phase 1 is focused on developing cardiovascular sufficiency and introducing simple body weight movements. Passing Phase 1 is completion and 50% attendance.
Foundations – Phase 2
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (8 hours)
100% attendance is recommended but not mandatory
Foundations (P2) picks up where Phase 1 left off. There are no more lectures and the entire 60 minutes is dedicated to physical training. During this phase of training, the body weight movements gain in complexity to include ring and inverted development. Phase 2 will introduce external objects to the physical training such as barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, and dumbbells. Passing Phase 2 requires the successful completion of a performance evaluation, which tests the minimum requirements needed for group training and all the movements taught during the Foundations course.
Green Team Training
Completion of Foundations puts the athlete into Green Team. Green Team starts with an initial consultation to assess personal goals. After the consultation, the athlete starts training with Green Team. Green Team is a group training class geared towards developing further GPP and personal goals. Green Team has three stages that must be passed before the athlete moves to an Active Team. Each stage requires specific physical tests that will ensure GPP is increasing without the athlete specializing in any one area. An athlete may stay on Green Team for as long as it takes for them to complete all three stages and moving onto an Active Team. Green Team is an all-inclusive training program- there is no requirement to advance beyond this level.
Active Team Training
When an athlete completes all three stages of Green Team, they will be placed on an Active Team (according to the needs of each team). Active Teams are Red Team, Gold Team, Black Team, and Blue Team. Each team has a total of 6 athletes. Athletes can move or be moved to other teams based on the approval of the coach.
At this point in the athlete development, several new components of the HEL TTM are unlocked.
Higher Level GPP Training – the athletes will continue to train to higher levels of GPP. Entering an Active Team will rank them at the Basic Level. After the Basic Level is Advanced and the highest level is Elite. Each level has three sub-levels in it, e.g. B1, B2, B3, A1, A2, A3, E1, E2, E3.
Commendation Awards – each athlete will have the opportunity to receive single-event commendation awards. These awards are personal achievements that they accomplish by performing specific feats of fitness and goes towards increasing their team development.
Competition – from time to time, the Active Teams will compete against each other in event-based or monthly-based competitions. Event-based competitions are held with all the teams present and executing dingle or multiple events where the winning team has the highest score. Monthly-based competitions are scored throughout the month and each team can earn points at any time during the month depending on the rules of the competition set forth by the coach.