Training and nutrition advice
Look, I get it, it's cool to see how strong you are. 1 rep max lifts CAN be a really good way to judge how strong you've grown. However, there certainly are some downsides to this.
Personally, I tend to avoid 1 rep maxes for long periods of time. I might do them once, possible twice a year. This type of lifting leaves me prone to injury, and I really don't like dealing with funny aches and pains. I'd rather be able to keep lifting, growing, and improving.
Dr. Mike Isratel from Juggernaut Training Systems talks about when you may be doing 1 rep maxes too often. The 3 conditions for too frequent 1 rep max training he lists are:
Personally, I would not advise someone do 1RM tests/training more than once every 3 months. I know plenty of people DO test their 1RM once a month or more. I do question if that is actual causing more problems than showing solutions/progress.
Before I share the video where Dr. Mike discusses 1RM training, I'd like to add this - Doing sets that involve only 1 rep is NOT the same as doing a 1 rep max. For example, if you do 5 sets, with only 1 rep each set with 315 lbs on the squat, you did NOT do a 1RM. If you did do a MAX, you would not be able to repeat that lift for a while.
So, hopefully you don't confuse doing a 1 rep max test vs do 1 rep sets. Definitely a difference.
Now, let's all listen to Dr. Mike!
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