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Strength Tests: Dynamic & Isometric.

Question: What are two dynamic and two isometric strength tests? What would each test tell us? Please explain.

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Isometric strength measures pure or peak strength whereas dynamic strength measures some form of power.

Dynamic strength is more often measured in athletes, whereas isometric strength is used more often in rehabilitation settings. Dynamic strength tests reflect the kind of dynamic ability necessary in sport, so strength and conditioning professionals frequently choose them. In contrast, isometric or static strength tests allow the subject to generate tension without a change in the muscle length.

Dynamic Muscular Strength Test: Examples are a 1 RM bench press or 1 RM leg press or 1 RM back squat. The 1 RM is the heaviest weight that can be lifted at one time while maintaining good form.

To perform the test:
1. Have the subject perform a light warm-up of five to ten reps at 40 to 60 percent of his perceived maximum resistance. This will be at light to moderate exertion.

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This solution identifies two dynamic and two isometric strength tests and describes what each test tells us. References are included.