Robert, I'm having trouble understanding why certain values have been calculated for and/or plotted on the volume calculations pages of the uploaded templates.

For example, why bother calculating and plotting "Avg Wt." ie. average bar weight. What does this help demonstrate? Wouldn't a more helpful and logical value to put in it's place be volume ie. tonnage. Surely this is a more useful value than average bar weight. Similarly we calculate volume and NLs in columns adjacent to one another in all the # sheets but only introduce calculations for average weight on the volume calcs page.

Likewise, why do we calculate and plot the distribution of total weekly NLs between each of the competition lifts and not the distribution of total competition lift NLs between weeks? Once again, surely this data would be more valuable.

Still working on my spreadsheet. I'm not very familiar with excel so I'm learning as I go.

Average weight lifted (AWL) is a measure of the absolute intensity while the number of lifts (NL) is a measure of volume.

**Absolute Intensity vs. Relative Intensity**Most people are more familiar with relative intensity, i.e. 90% 1RM. Tracking this number won't show you your progression in strength as the absolute intensity does. As you get stronger the average weight goes up. It also won't tell you if your workout was 10 sets of deadlifts at 90% or 10 sets of wrist curls at 90%. So using the average weight lifted has a few advantages over relative intensity.

**Number of Lifts vs. Tonnage**The number of lifts is a more objective assessment of the volume of loading than the tonnage. To see why consider two people that lift 100 tons in one month. One person lifted an average weight of 70kg and the other 110kg. So the first person did 1,429 lifts and the second did 909 lifts. Looking at these numbers you can get an idea about their qualification levels, weight class and age.

The problem with AWL is that it doesn't tell you anything about what the lifters did to reach an average weight of 70kg. Did they do straight sets of 70kg or did they do sets of 55, 65, 75, and 85? This is where the breakdown into relative intensity zones becomes useful. From week to week your AWL will remain fairly steady until you start using more weight. But looking at the distribution of lifts in the different zones tells you how the loading changes from week to week. One week you might have a higher emphasis on 70-79% and the next you may have more 80-89%.

Why do the breakdown for individual lifts instead of total lifts? So you can see that there is a rational distribution of volume among the lifts, the same way that the intensity zones let you see a rational distribution of intensity within the lifts. You could have your bench and squat varying nicely from week to week while your deadlift is the same old thing. You'd never see that in the total.