Coaches: How do you strike a balance between pushing clients to their max potential, and avoiding injury/overexhaustion? Often people get hung up on the mental roadblocks to maximum performance, and as a coach it’s your job to help them past that, but how do you ensure you’re not pushing them to a level that’s beyond their ability?
From my experience I have used a combination of RPE and HRMs. These have been very helpful in terms over exertion. To avoid injury/stress/strain I have used 10 RMs for sub-max testing. From there, the programming is based on percentages of a theoretical 1 RM. I have found this to be safe and effective.