“Why do we work percentages?”

I have had this question a couple of times this week, so here goes the explanation.

The percentages are there for those who know or have an estimated 1 Rep Max. Working percentages will allow you to lift heavy with good form. Meaning you get stronger as well as ingraining good technique.

If you just continue to pile on the kilo’s then your form breaks down and you may even fail on the last few reps meaning you do less work than if you stuck to the percentages. Also if you work on ascending sets, that is you add weight to each set, there is a tendancy to start lighter than if you work the percentages meaning the total weight lifted is less.

If you are new and don’t have a 1RM, 3RM or 5RM to base the percentages off then work ascending sets until you find your limit. Once you have that number then hit the percentages the next time that lift comes up.

If you have any further questions or concerns about percentages and what numbers you should be using, just ask 🙂

Remember we have various levels of athletes in the same class, they might be doing something different for a good reason. Do your own workout, get strong, dial in your technique and the gains will continue to come.

The Kettlebells get some fresh air on Saturday Morning