Assessing strength and power in resistance training


  • Fernando Naclerio Ayllón European University of Madrid, Spain
  • Alfonso Jiménez European University of Madrid, Spain
  • Brent A. Alvar Arizona State University, United States
  • Mark D. Peterson Arizona State University, United States



1-RM test, Progressive load, Velocity, Power


Maximal Dynamic Strength is usually assessed either by the one repetition maximum test (1-RM) or by a repetition maximum test with submaximal loads, which requires the application of a formula to estimate the value of 1-RM. This value is needed to establish the objective of resistance training: such as maximum strength, endurance strength, and/or explosive strength. However, both 1-RM and submaximal tests are unable to highlight the changes produced on power and velocity. This manuscript summarizes and reviews several common strength testing protocols and proposes a novel approach that may offer greater insight to hierarchical muscle functionality.


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Naclerio Ayllón, F., Jiménez, A., Alvar, B. A., & Peterson, M. D. (2009). Assessing strength and power in resistance training. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 4(2), 100–113.



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