If you’re in the business of improving an athlete’s performance, then knowing their maximal strength is very important. An athlete’s maximal strength is the total amount of force they can produce in a given movement (e.g. back squat) and is also commonly referred to as their ‘maximal force capacity’.
While it’s important to understand your athlete’s maximal force capacity unless you have a bulbous budget to work with, simply measuring it can be a difficult task. For example, a force plate will set you back tens of thousands of dollars , a dynamic 1-repetition maximum (1RM) test will take a long time to administer, cause fatigue and muscle soreness, and not even give accurate results if the athlete is being tested on a day when they’re fatigued.
You could also try to estimate an athlete’s 1RM using a velocity-based training (VBT) device, however, as the research has shown, this method isn’t very accurate . The only way to get more reliable 1RM estimates using VBT devices is to use loads very close to an athlete’s 1RM , but that then defeats the purpose of estimating it in the first place.