A "key performance indicator" (or KPI) is a measure of an athlete's ability for an important training variable. This is usually an individual exercise (e.g., Back Squat 1RM), but can also be some sort of drill or series of movements (e.g., Pro Agility Drill). KPIs within FYTT allow you to record assessments of athlete abilities and prescribe individualized training based on those abilities.
Every organization can create their own database of KPIs for each metric they want to track about about athlete performance. For each KPI, you can define the parameters to be used when assessing the metric, which can be used to build KPI assessments into your programs.
KPIs are designed to track a primary aspect of performance for a given exercise with specific attributes (e.g., "Back Squat: 1 Rep Max Weight" or "2000 Meter Row: Min Time").
KPI names should generally be descriptive of the exercise, its attributes, and the objective. For example, it's quite clear what you're measuring for the "1 Mile Run Min Time." Less descriptive names can potentially cause confusion and lead to inaccurate individualized prescriptions.
The exercise name should generally be a single exercise, like "Bench Press," "Run," or "Row." It is not recommended to describe the exercise attributes within the exercise name (e.g., "225 lb Bench Press" or "1 Mile Run"). These types of descriptive attributes can and should be specified in the "Exercise Attributes" section of the form.
This simply indicates whether you are assessing a maximum or a minimum value. Most KPIs will probably be maxes, except when the primary measurement variable is time.
The measurement type attribute indicates the primary aspect of the exercise that is being measured. Or in other words, what is being maximized or minimized.
Use the description to provide any necessary instructions for performing the assessment. The description is displayed to athletes when the assessment appears on their mobile devices.
Use the exercise attributes to describe all the parameters of how the exercise should be performed. For example, you're building a KPI for "Bench Press: 1 Rep Max Weight," you would check the box for "Reps" and enter 1 for how many, and you would check the box for "Weight" as well.
In this case, our measurement type would be set to weight, so there is no option to specify how much weight. This is because weight is the primary variable being measured, so it will be entered in at the time of assessment.
The unit for the primary measurement variable should set to whatever you unit you prefer to record measurements with. If needed, however, any measurement can be converted from one unit to another.
For a given KPI, you can define a couple of assessment attributes that indicate how the measurement should be performed and calculated.
Use "Assessment attempts" to specify the number of attempts that you want the athlete to perform when assessing the KPI. You should use this field to specify the maximum number of attempts allowed, and indicate in the description if there is any stipulations for using all attempts.
This option determines how the official KPI measurement will be calculated from the recorded attempts. For example, if you indicated that the athlete should perform three attempts and selected the "Max" option for the assessment calculation, then the system would take the max of all three recorded attempts and create a KPI measurement for the given athlete.
After you've defined a KPI and outlined its assessment parameters, you can add it to any workout (see the Workouts guide for more info on adding assessments to a workout). When the workout is executed, the system will automatically build out the specified attempts and exercise attributes. Once the attempts are recorded, FYTT uses the calculation you've selected to determine the official KPI measurement and record it to the athlete's profile. The new measurement will immediately be used for all individualized prescriptions based on the KPI.
ATHLETE KPI MEASUREMENTS
KPI measurements can recorded for individual athletes using the KPI sheet of the Roster. This sheet has similar functionality to a traditional spreadsheet, but with additional powerful features, including the ability to quickly pull up an athlete's trend for a given KPI, and the ability to add and modify KPI measurements (see the Roster guide for more info).
When adding an exercise to a workout, you can use the KPI option for a given parameter of the exercise to prescribe that attribute based on an athlete's ability for the KPI. For instance, if you were added "Bench Press" as the exercise and wanted to prescribe the weight based on the "Bench Press: 1 Rep Max Weight," you would check the KPI box of the weight attribute, then select the KPI from the menu (see the Workouts guide for more info on creating KPI-based prescriptions).