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    How do you guys recommend I max?

    I started lifting (again since mid-high school ~7 years) about 2 months ago and maxed after my first month.
    I got 225 on the bench, 255 on the squat and 335 on the deadlift.
    Since then I’ve kinda been doing jim wendler’s, my AMRAP have been:
    Bench: (190x8, 200x7, 210x5)
    Squat: (215x4, 230x4, 240x3)
    Deadlift: (280x8, 300x8, 315x6)
    Does anyone have an idea what maxes I should be going for next week? Should I base them off a 1RM calculator?
    Thanks in advance.
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    Originally Posted by johnvcarlo View Post
    I started lifting (again since mid-high school ~7 years) about 2 months ago and maxed after my first month.
    I got 225 on the bench, 255 on the squat and 335 on the deadlift.
    Since then I’ve kinda been doing jim wendler’s, my AMRAP have been:
    Bench: (190x8, 200x7, 210x5)
    Squat: (215x4, 230x4, 240x3)
    Deadlift: (280x8, 300x8, 315x6)
    Does anyone have an idea what maxes I should be going for next week? Should I base them off a 1RM calculator?
    Thanks in advance.
    Great job in coming back and getting started again!!
    If you are trying for a 1RM after 2 months of lifting... you could use the calculator and that would be fine.
    Or, you could try making a 'mock meet' in which you take each of the three lifts, warm up and then do singles up to an 'opener' (something a little less than your previous 1RM), then your 'second' attempt a little higher than your previous 1 RM... if you hit that, take a jump that you feel confident, but is also 'shooting for the moon'.
    From your reps, I think you've definitely got some great growth there and this time around you should be able to get some nice jumps!

    Please do have a spotter so that you can trust you will not hurt yourself and can focus on getting a true 1RM.
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    Use a couple of different 1rm calculators and then go for the average of them. Sometimes they're off by a good amount.

    A true 1rm is very different from repping lighter weight. Start with a conservative goal and work up.
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    Originally Posted by PhDPepper1111 View Post
    Great job in coming back and getting started again!!
    If you are trying for a 1RM after 2 months of lifting... you could use the calculator and that would be fine.
    Or, you could try making a 'mock meet' in which you take each of the three lifts, warm up and then do singles up to an 'opener' (something a little less than your previous 1RM), then your 'second' attempt a little higher than your previous 1 RM... if you hit that, take a jump that you feel confident, but is also 'shooting for the moon'.
    From your reps, I think you've definitely got some great growth there and this time around you should be able to get some nice jumps!

    Please do have a spotter so that you can trust you will not hurt yourself and can focus on getting a true 1RM.
    Thank you! I did have a spotter present, I got 230 with ease, then got greedy and missed 240 twice for the bench. I think I need to work on my bar path because in the video it looks like I'm pressing straight up rather than back towards the rack. However, I went from 335 to 405 on the deadlift! It may be one of the slowest reps ever, but it went up haha.
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    Originally Posted by ECGordyn View Post
    Use a couple of different 1rm calculators and then go for the average of them. Sometimes they're off by a good amount.

    A true 1rm is very different from repping lighter weight. Start with a conservative goal and work up.
    Thank you. I realized this, since I have some form flaws, I was able to get 240 up until I hit a big sticking point, I need to work on driving back towards the rack and not bringing the weight down so low (by my sternum).
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