• Training with AMRAPS - By Bryce Lewis

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      The AMRAP or AMAP set is a training concept meaning simply to perform as many reps as possible with a given training load, taken from the acronym for “as many as possible”, or “as many reps as possible”. Bryan Mann, a researcher from Missouri State links the origins of this idea to 1945 and military surgeon Captain Thomas DeLorme, who used a basic increase in load from session to session and a set to failure after three sets of ten repetitions for post-surgery soldiers healing from bone and joint repairs. From there, Mel Siff proposed the idea again in Supertraining, called it the APRE (autoregulated progressive resistance exercise) method. It was Bryan Mann who did the research on APRE in comparison to linear and block models of periodization.

      Since then, it has experienced a resurgence of popularity in the last year or two, and many athletes are interested in how to make use of this training tool. This brief article will serve to illustrate some concepts of the AMRAP set and cover some psychological, programming, and strength benefits, and some potential pitfalls.

      First, AMRAP sets are one method of testing. Most common tests for a powerlifter involve a fixed number of reps and a variable load. For example, a two rep max involves ramping up the load set after set and choosing loads carefully to arrive at a single set with the maximum load. Similarly, any rep max employs this basic utility, the most important of all being the 1RM because of its parity with the sport of powerlifting. The AMRAP set is the opposite, involving a fixed load and variable number of repetitions. ...more
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      1. j2917's Avatar
        j2917 -
        Great article.

        One question...

        Simply add one rep to the athlete’s set and calculate the resulting
        estimated 1RM. These numbers can be almost as accurate
        as taking the set to full RPE 10, as affirmed by research
        from Eric Helms and Dr. Mike Zourdos.
        Is this a published study that you could link to? I'd like to read more about this.