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Loading Intensity Prediction by Velocity and the OMNI-RES 0–10 Scale in Bench Press

Naclerio, Fernando; Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: February 2017 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 323–329
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001496
Original Research

Naclerio, F and Larumbe-Zabala, E. Loading intensity prediction by velocity and the OMNI-RES 0–10 scale in bench press. J Strength Cond Res 32(1): 323–329, 2017—This study examined the possibility of using movement velocity and the perceived exertion as indicators of relative load in the bench press (BP) exercise. A total of 308 young, healthy, resistance trained athletes (242 men and 66 women) performed a progressive strength test up to the one repetition maximum for the individual determination of the full load-velocity and load-exertion relationships. Longitudinal regression models were used to predict the relative load from the average velocity (AV) and the OMNI-Resistance Exercise Scales (OMNI-RES 0–10 scale), considering sets as the time-related variable. Load associated with the AV and the OMNI-RES 0–10 scale value expressed after performing a set of 1–3 repetitions were used to construct 2 adjusted predictive equations: Relative load = 107.75 − 62.97 × average velocity; and Relative load = 29.03 + 7.26 × OMNI-RES 0–10 scale value. The 2 models were capable of estimating the relative load with an accuracy of 84 and 93%, respectively. These findings confirm the ability of the 2 calculated regression models, using load-velocity and load-exertion from the OMNI-RES 0–10 scale, to accurately predict strength performance in BP.

1Department of Life and Sports Science, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, United Kingdom; and

2Clinical Research Institute, Texas Tech University HSC, Lubbock, Texas

Address correspondence to Dr. Fernando Naclerio,

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