“Why Percentages Fail Some Lifters”

Coach Bret Contreras shares his thoughts on how percentages of a 1-rep max (1RM), commonly used in various strength training programs, don’t always match up with the anticipated number of repetitions possible for a given lifter and why that can be a problem. Having worked with strength trainees, I can say that when using percentages it is sometimes necessary to make an adjustment to a prescribed training load so that a particular trainee can get the prescribed number of reps. Moreover, percentages can be of limited utility with a relatively inexperienced lifter, as they typically gain strength rapidly and outpace the percentages when their 1RM increases.

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One Response to “Why Percentages Fail Some Lifters”

  1. Pingback: “Rethinking Percentage Based Training” | Greg Maness' Functional Sports Performance Blog

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