Absolute Strength

What is Absolute Strength?

Maximal strength; the amount of force generated for one all-out effort, irrespective of time or bodyweight, typically measured in terms of performance of a maximal, single repetition lift (one rep max [1RM]).

Example exercise and movement pattern:

one (1RM) barbell squat, deadlift or bench press at the highest weight possible; a person weighing 210 pounds who squats 500 pounds has not developed as much absolute strength as a person weighing 125 who squats 315 pounds