Nearly every strength and conditioning coach in the country relies on percentages to enforce desired intensities to athletes for certain lifts. Basically, the client would perform their lift at a percentage of their 1 repetition max. If they had a max bench press of 100lbs, and you wanted to do 3 sets of 12 reps at 60%, they would do 3x12 at 60lbs. This is absolutely necessary in most strength and conditioning environments for multiple reasons, including consistent program design as well as enforcement of intensity (speaking from experience, some people WILL slack if given the chance). So the question becomes, are percentages right for you?
When it comes to using Microsoft‘s Excel Spreadsheet program there is no question that there are a variety of ways to accomplish many tasks. One of the things I like about Excel is the ability to format multiple columns at the same time giving them the same width. If you are unfamiliar with how this is done, read on and take a look at the steps I perform to achieve this task. You will see that it is very easy to do. The first thing you want to do, obviously, is open up Excel. Once Excel is displayed on your screen, go ahead and type in cell ”A1” the month name ”January”. In the cell ”B1” type in the month name, ”February”, in ”C1” type in ”March” and so on until you type in all twelve months each in their own cell on the spreadsheet.