1 Repetition Maximum Strengthening – the Secret of My Success

2 Contact Hours – $72.00

Seminar Description:

This course will teach you everything you need to know about the secret of my success; one repetition strength training. Proper strength training principles will do for those that are older what proper strength training does for younger athletes.  Proper strength training NEEDS to be done with our patients and this course will teach you how to do it effectively and efficiently.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to

  1. Be able to calculate a 1 repetition maximum for any muscle group in the body using the Odvar Holten Diagram.
  2. Be able to use 1 repetition maximum principles to establish a proper strength training program for an adult that is older.
  3. Differentiate strength training principles for strength training type I vs type II muscle fibers.
  4. Support the use of 1 rep max strength training with evidence based research.

Course Outline

Part 1 (1 hour)

  1. Introduction to 1 RM
    1. The “What”
    2. The “Why”
  2. How to do it
    1. Repetitively
    2. Oddvar-Holten Formula
  3. Video Demonstration
  1. 1 RM Calculations
  2. Developing a strength training program
    1. Intensity
      1. Traditional Strength Training
      2. Power training
    2. Duration
    3. Frequency

Part 2 (1 hour)

  1. Skilled Rest Breaks
  2. Low Intensity Strength training
  1. Elastic Band Training
  2. Advancement of Program
  3. 1RM and Function
  1. Case Study


Mark Traffas,

Mark Traffas, PT, GTCCS, FSOAE, has practiced clinically as a physical therapist in acute, subacute, skilled nursing, acute rehabilitation, outpatient, and home health care. These unique opportunities have allowed him to work with and develop exercise programs for geriatric clients in all phases of recovery. He has exclusively worked in the geriatric setting for 20 years. In addition, he has worked as a physical therapist in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa. While in Africa, he had to rely primarily on therapeutic exercises and improvisation for treatment interventions, as few modalities, such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound were available. Since his return he has focused his career on the geriatric population in both the outpatient and skilled nursing settings. He was in the first group of physical therapists to take and pass the Geriatric Training Certification and now works as the Director of Physical Therapy in a skilled nursing facility in San Jose, California. He actively promotes exercise for older persons as the best cure for most conditions and believes the sharing of ideas will only add to our profession and, more importantly, to the quality of life of our aged population.