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Old 05-10-2006, 12:26 PM   #1
Michael Latch
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Hey guys, thanks so much for the PERFORMANCE MENU...awesome stuff! In regards to the power output calculator, we did a workout today that was this:
Deadlift 95lbs for Max Reps
Bench Press 95lbs for Max Reps
Pullups
3 rounds, minimal to zero rest.

In summary, I did 70 DL, 70 BP, and 60 PU. Another guy, slightly taller and heavier, did 96 DL, 72 BP, and 14 PU.

I'm just wondering why his power output was higher than mine. Do his deadlifts count higher than my pullups, because of the extra weight involved?

Curious as to your answer....
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:14 PM   #2
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the calculator considers both body weight, external weight and the distances of travel of both. so a taller guy, even if he's lifting the same amount of weight on the bar, will be performing more work on a deadlift than a shorter guy - he's moving the bar farther and he's moving more bodyweight, also farther to boot.

bench press will differ with height because a taller guy will have to move the weight farther (longer arms). Pull-ups will differ because a taller/larger guy will have to move more weight farther.
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:36 PM   #3
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Are you guys planning on making any updates to the power output calculator? That would be cool if you could customize it so a user could put in the length of their arms and legs.
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:37 PM   #4
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Thanks, Greg.
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Old 05-10-2006, 03:39 PM   #5
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neal - the calculator estimates all that stuff based on height, so it's obviously not precise, but pretty accurate all things considered. honestly I don't think its accuracy would be improved much with anything short of actually measuring the movements for each person like we did to arrive at the numbers used in the calculations. something like starting hip position in a deadlift, for example, would probably have greater effect on the outcome than a small difference in arm/leg length from the calculator's estimations.

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Old 05-10-2006, 08:23 PM   #6
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Neal and Mike,
Thanks for using the calculator and your feedback, it makes all the measuring we did worthwhile.
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Old 05-14-2006, 05:33 AM   #7
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I thought that was a great program, too. Thanks, it must have been a lot of work.

It was really interesting to enter my "Linda" scores and see that while I've increased weight on the bars, my power output has decreased due to the longer time it takes.

Would the "black box" say I should drop back to weights that allow maximum power output? Or should I stay at the same level until I can beat my previous time? Or continue moving toward doing all weights as Rx'ed even if it takes longer? (My big weakness, FWIW, is basic upper body strength, especially in pushing movements like bench press, pushups, dips.)

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Old 05-18-2006, 07:44 PM   #8
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BTT -- anyone?
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Old 05-20-2006, 05:01 AM   #9
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John, I would say to stick with the heavier weights. Very few people seem to be pushing the time on Linda, just aiming for "RXd" status. It is not the same metabolic blast as Fran or Helen (for me at least). Build it as a strength endurance workout and mental focus.
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Old 05-20-2006, 09:07 PM   #10
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Tom,

Thanks for the feedback.

"Linda" is a real doozy (well, we all knew that) because she's so two-faced. A 50-minute "Linda" is a good strength workout. A "Linda" in the 25-35 min. range is a blast that takes me a couple days to come back from.

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