by Thom Van Vleck
I like to read old weightlifting magazines….well….I like to read anything related to weightlifting! Recently Wayne Gardner, an “old timer” in the Jackson Weightlifting Club, gave me a bunch of old magazines and books. With this treasure trove was three issues of Dan DeWelt’s “Powerlifting News”. Dan put this newsletter/magazine out in the 70’s for a time. Mike Lambert who put out Powerlifting USA for 25 years was inspired by Dan.
As I was reading the February 1973 issue I found a very short article on the EZ-Way Formula to arrive at the best lifter. It was written by Bob Shadron who seemed to be inspired to come up with something easier than the Hoffman Formula. Shadron said “….we can replace the Hoffman Formula for good”. He also touts it to be accurate and fair at all bodyweights.
The formula is simple. You divide the lifter’s bodyweight into their total or the lift. Round that number to the nearest 100th of a percent (10.591 would become 10.59). You end up with the the number of “times bodyweight” lifted. You then add to this the lifter’s body weight divided by 100 (a 251lb lifter gets a factor of 2.51). Shadron claims the second number “assures that a heavier lifter gets a little more credit….than a lighter lifter….in direct proportion to the increase in bodyweight.
So, using my examples, a lifter that lifted 10.59 of their bodyweight would add their factor of 2.51 to get a final coefficient of 13.1.
I’m not promoting this formula, just reporting it. I know Al Myers enjoys “analyzing” these types of things (after all, he’s the “facts” guy and I’m the “fluff” guy!) so maybe Al will break this down or tear it apart! Whichever the case may be. I just found it interesting and thought I would share it. Don’t worry! I don’t plan on bringing it up to replace our current system…even it it does appear to favor the heavier lifter.