This may sound a little unfair. After all, a standard Microsoft installation would include something called Equation Editor. Suffice to say, it wasn‘t advertised in the promotional videos. Software like Matlab was considered vastly superior and had the added advantage that you could analyze the equations as well. Anyway, the good news is that Microsoft has taken a big step forwards with Office 2010 and it‘s now possible to correctly display formulas in a pretty painless fashion. In Excel 2010, you should select the Insert ribbon, and click Equation. This creates a textbox and brings up a whole new ribbon with options for inserting equations. As well as providing easy access to the main Greek symbols, Microsoft have provided quick access to a number of simple functions, such as fractions and exponentials.
The next thing to look at, what are the goals of the client? Many clients like personal trainers simply to help them work out, no specific goals but general overall fitness. For these clients, percentages are probably unnecessary as you as the trainer can monitor their intensity and effort by watching. If it is an athlete preparing for their sports, intensities will give you a great guideline to go by and allow you to accurately pick a weight for their work sets that will increase their potential for strength.