After speaking with a friend or two, I revised my so-called “Power Number”!
By revising the age-factor, perhaps the new number will place less emphasis on age and more on power. Also, it seems to me that 35 is an age that many athletes consider themselves to be at their “peak” performance (and perhaps twice as powerful as a 70-year-old might be expected to be!).
Take your age and divide it by 35, and call it your age-factor. Use minimum value of 1.0 if your age is less than 35 years old. For me, 1.63.
For a given day of power measurements, measure your weight. For me, 185 pounds.
Measure your 3-rep maximum weight for the following power-lifting movements and calculate weight-to-bodyweight ratio:
Barbell (not Smith machine) Bench Press. For me, 200 lbs; 1.08.
Back Squat (thighs parallel to floor). For me, 305 lbs; 1.65.
Weighted Chin-Up (suspended weight above body weight). For me, 70 lbs; 0.38.
Barbell Deadlift. For me, 375 lbs; 2.03.
Add the ratios together and multiply the sum by your age-factor. For me, today: my “power number” equals 1.63 x 5.14 = 8.38!
So, I guess, now it’s time to strive to be a 10.00, remembering that my yang capabilities thrive with corresponding expansion of my yin (inner body knowing) awareness and acceptance.
End of year update: My 57th birthday is next week. I’ll plan to relax somewhat over the next week or so. My current power number for my best efforts this past week:
Weight: 185 lbs.
Bench: 205 lbs; 1.11
Squat: 315 lbs; 1.70
Chins: 70 lbs; 0.38
Deadlift: 385 lbs; 2.08.
Power Number: 1.63 x 5.27 = 8.59!