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Why Strength Standards Suck (and What You Should Test for Instead)

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Endurance Sports, Kettlebells, Strength and Conditioning

I hate gym standards. You know, those lists that get put out every so often by fitness gurus. These lists make bold claims about how hitting x or y as a benchmark is a game changer. Having actually trained in the gym with many of the people who create these lists and seen their clients firsthand, I can tell you these standards are the absolute worst kind of fitness chest beating. The truth is that most of these gurus can’t hit their own standards, and neither can the vast majority of their clients. 

 

And do you know why? The answer is because they wrote the wrong set of standards.

 

We Need to Set Minimums

Having (genuinely) been at this training game a lot longer than most of the gurus, I will tell you a secret. Most of the gurus don’t actually train many clients. Some don’t have any clients at all. And this is why they have no idea how useless their set of performance standards are. On the continuum from sitting on your couch to putting bodyweight overhead, most people who seek you out as a trainer are far closer to the couch than they are to a bodyweight clean and jerk. 


 

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