In a recent video, MMA fighter Joe Pyfer delves into a contentious physical assessment result, aiming to shed light on what he perceives as an overlooked aspect. While his perspective may spark varying opinions, his discussion resonates deeply with some gym owners and trainers seeking to optimize their clients’ assessment processes and track their progress effectively.

An argument about physical testing and mechanics at play

Pyfer’s argument is on the perceived impact of glove weight on assessment outcomes. He asserts that the heavier and more cushioned 16-ounce gloves absorb additional energy when striking the assessment machine. While this notion holds merit, it’s essential to consider the comprehensive mechanics at play.

Measuring mechanical power with watts

The assessment machine is designed not only to gauge force but also to measure mechanical power, a product of strength and speed, in watts. 

The first aspect that this athlete forgot to take into consideration with is physical test result

With heavier gloves, there’s an inherent increase in generated force (force = mass x acceleration). Therefore, the disparity in glove weight could indeed influence the recorded results.

A very important prerequisite in physical testing and in overall science that was (and is too often) forgotten: validity and reliability

However, it’s crucial to scrutinize the validity and reliability of such assessments, as highlighted by Pyfer’s comparison with another athlete, Ngannou. Validity refers to the extent to which assessment scores accurately reflect the measured variable—in this case, the machine’s efficacy in measuring watts. Meanwhile, reliability pertains to the consistency of results over repeated tests, raising questions about the comparability of the same or different assessment setups (machine, gloves, etc.).

Nuanced understanding of mechanical physics and assessment protocols are essentials to argue and to have more integrity and accuracy

While Pyfer presents a compelling argument, it’s evident that a nuanced understanding of mechanical physics and assessment protocols is essential for meaningful discourse on this subject. Over the past four years, there’s been a notable disregard for these fundamental prerequisites of testing, underscoring the need for a renewed focus on ensuring the integrity and accuracy of testing in the fitness industry and in other fields ;)

Delving into the intricacies of physical assessments for better results and credible marketing

By critically examining Pyfer’s perspective and delving into the intricacies of physical assessments, gym owners and trainers can glean valuable insights to enhance their evaluation processes and better support their clients’ fitness journeys. After all, case studies and great results are great marketing tools!

This video is showing Joe Rogan using this testing device for a kick.