Thanks for all the replies. I never actually went for the one rep max, but I went for 5 rep maxes and then calculated what my "theoretical max" would be. I then chose a weight that I think will allow me to add 5 lbs a week to my bench, and 10 lbs to my squat and deadlift, without plateauing for 10 months.
My first two workouts went as such.
I am doing the Boring But Big 3 month challenge, but I will be doing as many reps as possible on my last sets. My brain simply will not let me not do AMRAP on my last set. It feels like quitting or not finishing or something like that. I want to go hard as hell for 10 months and then Ill re-evaluate everything. Also, I figure the deload weeks will allow me to be able to do this.
OHP - 10 @ 105 lbs (as soon as the weight stalled even a little bit, I immediately stopped)
bench press - 5x10 @ 135 (More than 50% of my training max but it felt good. I hate making change on the bar. Simple math kicks my ass.)
Lat pulldown - 5x10 @ 130 (I checked the machine for accuracy. I cant do 5 sets of 10 pullups so I chose to do my bench press weight on lat pulldown. Believe it or not, it was difficult and my biceps got a pump on them.)
curls - 3x10 @ 50
Deadlift - 15 @ 205 (Maybe could have done more, but it felt like enough reps at this point haha.)
Squat - 5x10 @ 185 (Calculated off of my bench from monday, not my training max. As little rest as possible with these. Puked inbetween sets 2 and 3, and dry heaved in between sets 4 and 5. Shouldn't have had that buffalo chicken hoagie right before I went to the gym.)
No abs. I was crampin up like a mofo after my 5th set of squats. Ill do them today on my off day.
I may have set my weights a little too light, but I dont think its going to matter in the long run. It just means Ill go longer without plateauing and it will allow me more volume as well as to work on my form.
I want to be bigger mostly, stronger second, and look like a soccer player never. I mostly lurk in the BB thread, but it seems like the PL crowd on here is a lot bigger overall because they're less diluted by beginners and people fighting about whether or not you gotta lose your abs to gain weight. I wanna be a lot bigger and stronger before I even think about abs, symmetry, body fat, proportions or any other bullshit like that.
My logic is simple.
Problem = People who are bigger than me are stronger. Solution = get stronger.
Problem = People who are bigger than me are heavier. Solution = eat more.