Defining--and Appreciating--”Strength”

  2018-05-03 10:00AM

CrossFit is unique in the fact that it tests your strength in a variety of capacities. Many people set strength goals based upon their bodyweight: double bodyweight deadlift and squat, bodyweight press, bodyweight snatch, etc. Others choose to pick numbers based on their current capacity. There are two main types of strength, absolute and relative. In CrossFit, you must have both forms of strength to be successful in the sport. Here is a breakdown explaining each type of strength and how it pertains to CrossFit:

Absolute Strength: Absolute Strength describes the total amount of force an athlete can produce, regardless of bodyweight or size. The athlete who can lift the largest amount of weight has the highest absolute strength. This can be measured with a barbell or an Assault Bike by tracking force production.

Relative Strength: Relative strength refers to the amount of strength an athlete has when compared to his body weight. Relative strength is tested primarily during gymnastics movements. If you take a 200-pound athlete and a 150-pound athlete, and they can both produce an equal amount of total force, then the lighter athlete has far higher relative strength. In gymnastics-based workouts, the lighter athlete with more relative strength will most likely win if they hold similar levels of metabolic conditioning.

Would you rather be classified with absolute strength or relative strength? Many CrossFitters don’t take the time to acknowledge their strength with regards to their size. So if you’re ever down about how much you lifted or your progress, take some time to look at the whole picture and appreciate where you’re at!


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