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Range of Motion Absolute Strength Testing

At Range of Motion, we use a battery of four tests to test absolute strength. We define absolute strength as the ability to lift an external weight (that is, not your body weight). Having more strength has a raft of health and fitness benefits for the general population and athletes alike.

We use the following tests, which offer a comprehensive snapshot of strength across various movement patterns. All tests can be completed in the same session if desired.

 

Test: Max bench press.

What it tests: Upper body pressing absolute strength.

Procedure:

  • Find a one rep max bench press. 
  • As heavy as possible without technique break down.

Result to record: Heaviest weight lifted.

 

Test: Max bench pull.

What it tests: Upper body pulling absolute strength.

Procedure:

  • Find a one rep max bench pull.
  • As heavy as possible without technique break down.
  • Begin movement with bar off ground in retracted shoulder blade position, conclude movement in same position.

Result to record: Heaviest weight lifted.

 

Test: Max front squat.

What it tests: Lower body anterior chain strength.

Procedure:

  • Find a one rep max front squat. 
  • Any grip on the bar is permitted (standard front rack or ‘genie’), and a goblet squat (with a kettlebell or dumbbell) can be used.
  • As heavy as possible without technique break down.

Result to record: Heaviest weight lifted.

 

Test: Max deadlift.

What it tests: Lower body and torso posterior chain strength.

Procedure:

  • Find a one rep max deadlift. 
  • As heavy as possible without technique break down.

Result to record: Heaviest weight lifted.

Dan Williams

Dan Williams

Founder/Director

Dan Williams is the Director of Range of Motion and leads a team of Exercise Physiologists, Sports Scientists, Physiotherapists and Coaches. He has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) and a Postgraduate Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science from The University of Western Australia, with minors in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology.