I've been lifting for about half a year now but I've never really tested my 1RM for any lifts until this weekend.
How long should I wait between sets when testing my 1RM in order to make sure that I've recovered enough to get an accurate test?
Say for instance I estimate 170 lbs for an exercise, but when I lift it I actually get 5 reps before failure. So if I want to figure out my actual 1RM, I rest then try the same lift at 180 or 190, how long should I rest?
I've been using a couple of CW's programs followed by a week off before starting another one. My idea is to take the first day of my week of and test my 1RM for all my basic lifts (squat, deads, bench, etc.) - rest 6 days then have a better idea of how much I should be using when I start my next program and it calls for 80% or whatever of my 1RM for a certain number of reps.