TitleAbsolute vs. relative machine strength as predictors of function in older adults.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsKnutzen, KM, Brilla, L, Caine, D, Chalmers, G, Gunter, K, Schot, P
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association
Date Published2002 Nov
KeywordsWeight Lifting

This study examined the relationship between absolute and relative (1 repetition maximum/LBM) strength vs. 13 different functional measurements in 143 older adults (mean = 70.28, standard deviation = 7.90 years). Strength for 11 machine lifts was determined using a predicted 1-repetition maximal strength measurement. Zero-order correlation results between absolute and relative strength vs. function measures demonstrated very weak to moderate correlations in the range of 0.02-0.57 and 0.01-0.44, respectively, with the lowest correlations present between strength and balance measures and the highest correlations present between strength and the carrying task (p