Dan John has a new article on T-Nation here about measuring progress, and it got me thinking about the lifts I use most to see if I'm heading in the right direction. And realizing there's a ton of different kinds of "strength athletes" here I thought it'd be interesting to see what others measure themselves by. Personally, I train mainly to get better at my sport (recent transition aside) and prevent injuries from my other activities. So I find the OH squat and power clean to be able to tell me more about how effective my latest program has been more than anything. They're 2 brutally honest lifts, and one thing I like is that they actually seem to get easier the leaner I get which is another area I focus on at least part of the year.