🔥HOW TO PROPERLY TEST YOUR ONE REP MAX
Helpful post by my friend Hammad, explaining how to go about testing your one rep max, please read what he has to say down below!
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📍Just as a warning, one rep max can be pretty dangerous, so i highly advise the use a spotter. I would only suggest testing your one rep max if you are more of an advanced lifter.
📍Doing a one rep max test is a great way to measure your progress and base your workout program off of. Any good program will include the use of your one rep max to calculate the amount of weight you might be doing and also making sure you are progressing and using appropriate weights.
📍Typically you would test your 1 rep max for compound exercises, so deadlift, squat, bench press, row.
📍How To Do it
- Warm up with a light weight that will allow you to do 5 -10 reps easily.
- Rest 1 minute
- Warm up load: choose a weight that you think you will be able to 3 to 5 reps. Pick a weight that makes the 3rd or 5th rep feel like you can’t do another extra rep. If you don’t know what weight that would be, then add 10 to 20 pounds or 5% to 10% for upper body exercises. If you’re doing lower body exercises add, 30-40 pounds or 10% to 20% for lower body to the weight you already have on.
- Rest 2 minutes
- Estimate a weight that will allow you to complete 2 to 3 reps by adding 10 to 20 pounds or 5% to 10% for upper body exercises, and 30 to 40 pounds or 10% to 20% for lower body exercises.
- Rest 2-4 minutes.”