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Dear Coach,

I am new to the website and Olympic Lifting. I have been on Crossfit for 19 complete weeks so whatever Olympic lifting I have done, has come during that time. I searched around the website for an answer but nothing was quite what I was looking for. So here it goes.

My first question is, are the percentages based on your one rep max for that exercise?

Also, I know this might sound like a beginner question, but do you write out the reps and then the sets or the sets and then the reps?

Thanks in advance coach.

Matt | 2009-09-03

yes the % are taken off the 1 r m. howver a beginner should understand that % at least for the first 3-4 wks are not that important.....but what is important is good form and the volume of reps. if i write 3 x 5 that means 3 sets of 5 reps. if i write a weight or a % 135 x 3 x 10---that means 135 lbs x 3 reps x 10 sets or i might write 80% x 3 x 10.....that means 80% of 1 rm x 3 reps x 10 sets. great questions.
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Matt Geer
Dear Coach,

I appreciate your help. Unfortunaltly the closest Crossfit gym is about 2 hours away so I have not been able to have my form critiqued by someone who understand the lifts. I have watched almost all of your video's on the Crossfit Website though, and am doing the best I can with what I have. Would you recomend getting an Oly. Lifting Cert. to better understand each lift?

Thanks Coach.
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