Here it is:

And as blatantly obvious as this is, the norm in exercise programming is to ignore it. We are taught to test a novice for his 1-rep maximum capacity on the various exercises to be used, none of which he really knows how to do, none of which he can do correctly, and therefore none of which he can perform well enough that a test for max effort would actually mean anything.

Is to be used reffered to the future there? Could it be rephrased as ...the various exercises that will be used...?


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There is a prospective or future sense there, because of the semantics of the sentence: We are taught ...

That is, the sentence is about the methods taught to evaluators (exercise instructors, presumably) looking forward to the day when they will use these methods in actual, non-pedagogic circumstances.

If you were going to rephrase that statement, rather than simply cast it in the future with will, you could be a little clearer by making a general statement:

We are taught to test a novice for his one-rep maximum capacity on the various exercises generally used for blah-blah-blah...

  • I am sorry, but I am confused. Is the present simple is meant by "to be used"? For example ...vairious exercises that is used... Jan 20, 2019 at 13:08
  • No, to be used has a prospective sense there. It is not equivalent to are used. I understand the various exercises to be used to mean "whatever exercises the situation calls for". The sentence is not crystal clear.
    – TimR
    Jan 20, 2019 at 13:40

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