Originally Posted by Yael Grauer
There was a guy at my former gym they called 25 percent, but this isn't about him. (You probably think this song is about you, don't you?) This is about another brilliant Cressey blog post
which helped me understand why I always get my ass kicked when I roll with guys who are going 25 percent or 50 percent.
I would qualify that having trained with an Olympic alternate and multi-time NCAA placing wrestlers.
Some talented 'scumbags' are in such good position all the time that when they seem 25% it is 50% to us lesser mortals. They cant' freakin' help it. To them it just is.
For example, our 118 lber d2 national champ felt like 160 lbs if he got into top position (coming from a former 134-142 lber, me).
But yeah, perceived effort is sort of a state of mind.
Using the oly lifts as an example, you really should be able to mimic the various lift stages while using a dowel. But for neophytes like me, you want to cheat the light weights and bad form ensues if you aren't careful.