While most people are at least superficially aware of the Powerlifting lifts (squat, bench press, and deadlift) and the Olympic Lifts (Snatch, clean & jerk) one measure of strength that I have recently come upon is "The Crossfit Total".
The CrossFit total attempts to provide an measurable accounting of an individuals raw strength by combining the best of three maximal attempts at the press (a standing military-style shoulder press), the deadlift (standard, not sumo-style), and the squat (full ROM). The CrossFit total also places restrictions on the use of assistive attire (special shirts, belts, etc.) and the appropriate use of spotters.
Mark Rippetoe (CSCS), the developer of The CrossFit total, wanted a more functional measure of strength than that provided by powerlifting (therefore swapping the bench press with a standing shoulder press) and one that was also more accessible and less demanding in terms of technical proficiency and equipment as the Olympic Lifts.
I've been spending a lot of time recently working on the lifts involved in The CrossFit Total and plan on running my own numbers in the next week or so, using a cage for the shoulder press and squat (this will stop the bar from smashing me in case of a miss).
For the Powerlifting and Olympiclifting PaleoHackers out there, what are the benefits/drawbacks that you see with this particular measure of strength?
Do you think that it could be done better or is it something that should be held in the same regard as the lifts we have all come to know and love?