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Strategy for Maxing Out


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#1 dyelinek

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:46 AM

I'm working the Cube/Predator method and am wondering on the day that I go for my 1RM - how should I approach going for this? It seems a balance between being warm enough but not too fatigued.  Do I keep increasing until failure? Note I am not training for a meet.  Thanks!

#2 RJorg

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 08:49 AM

Maybe start warm-ups as normal, then 5 reps at ~60%, 3 reps at the next step, then singles the rest of the way.

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 06:39 AM

You can fail if you want on bench or OHP. I don't think that is a big deal. 


Failing on squat or DL is dumb. Potential for injury is too high and it will burn you out.


If I am maxing out, I usually have a number in my head that I think I can do or want to do. Then i'll take a single at 90% of that number and judge how it feels. If it feels great... i'll actually jump straight to the number in my head. If its just ok, i'll take 95% of the max and judge from there where to go.

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#4 Physiqz

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 09:08 PM

I don't think going until failure is a good idea in any scenario but will agree with mindofshadow it would be a lot better on bench or ohp. Once you are within 85% of your max i would just take singles on the way up.

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