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ASSESSING STRENGTH AND POWER IN RESISTANCE TRAINING

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Author(s): Fernando J. Naclerio | Alfonso Jiménez | Brent A. Alvar | Mark D. Peterson

Journal: Journal of Human Sport and Exercise
ISSN 1988-5202

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 100;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: 1-RM test | progressive load | velocity | power

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.
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