Two-Point Method: A Quick and Fatigue-Free Procedure for Assessment of Muscle Mechanical Capacities and the 1 Repetition Maximum

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Abstract

THE FORCE-VELOCITY RELATIONSHIP IS USED TO EVALUATE THE MAXIMAL CAPACITIES OF ACTIVE MUSCLES TO PRODUCE FORCE, VELOCITY, AND POWER. THE LOAD-VELOCITY RELATIONSHIP HAS ALSO BEEN USED TO PREDICT THE 1 REPETITION MAXIMUM (1RM) AND, CONSEQUENTLY, THE RELATIVE LOADS (%1RM). THE 2-POINT METHOD HAS RECENTLY EMERGED AS A QUICK AND FATIGUE-FREE PROCEDURE FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF BOTH THE FORCE-VELOCITY AND LOAD-VELOCITY RELATIONSHIPS. THIS ARTICLE SUMMARIZES THE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS STUDIES THAT HAVE EXPLORED THE FEASIBILITY OF THE 2-POINT METHOD AND PROVIDES PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ITS APPLICATION BY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS.

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