Journal of Human Sport and Exercise

Assessing strength and power in resistance training

Fernando Naclerio Ayllón, Alfonso Jiménez, Brent A. Alvar, Mark D. Peterson

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4100/jhse.2009.42.04

Abstract

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.


Keywords

1-RM test; Progressive load; Velocity; Power

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