I’ll admit I’m somewhat newbish, so this may be a “duh!” question. But I’m sure there are a lot of newbees wondering the same thing.
A whole lot of the programs on here give figures like “use 85% of your 1-rep max.” Maybe this works great for those of you who know your 1-rep max. But since I train alone and I’m just beginning to learn through doing the proper technique for exercises like the squat and deadlift, how am I supposed to know this figure? Do you know what would happen if a newbee training alone with still-learning form tried to test his 1-rep max on a difficult lift like the squat, or, God forbid, the bear? He’d get injured.
I’ve had a handful of injuries, so maybe I’m a little over-cautious about not wanting to drop any heavy weights on my spine. But I’m not a pussy about hard work. Tell me what to do and I’ll do it.