Relative Strength Explained
Just loading weights on to a bar is never going to give you the true picture of your strength. The only way to really assess how strong you are is to look at the weight you lift in relation to your bodyweight, this is known as your relative strength or strength to weight ratio. So anytime you lift, make a note of the weight and then divide it by your current bodyweight. An example is someone who is 80kg lifting 100kg will give you a ratio of 1:25. Now to make this ratio better you just need to lift more weight and stay at the same bodyweight or lift the same weight and lower your bodyweight (without losing any muscle). This means that personal bests can come at any time, not just when you add another weight plate to the bar. This is a huge benefit to any Personal Trainer/Coach when assessing their client’s performance.