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Finding My 1RM

What is the official way to find out your 1RM? For me, I will get a spotter and they help me get it off of the bar and down to my chest safely, then they will hold their hands on the bar(not helping,but for safety) while I lift the bar up myself. Is that correct?

No need for them to actually put their hands on the bar. Just tell them to have their hands a few inches below. They may be helping without even realizing it