Lately I have been doing some pretty impressive incline/dumbbell presses(at least they were impressive for me). I decided to test my luck at a flat max bench. I haven't done a max lift or even a flat barbell bench press in about four years.
So last night I came on to T-Nation and found a one-rep max warm-up.
I went in to the gym today and went through my normal warm-up. Then I started going through my max lift warm-up. I asked one of the personal trainers to come over and spot me in 15 minutes. He ended up coming over after my second warm-up set and gave me a "what are you doing" look. He told me that I am just going to tire myself out with a warm-up and should just jump in. So I thought maybe he's right. Maybe I had the wrong idea...So I jumped from a few reps of 185 up to 255. I got it but boy did that seem like a big shift in weight. After that he told me I should jump to 315....I decided 280 would be a better jump. I failed at 280 (though it didn't feel heavy). He was like, "well at least you beat your old max" (215 from 4 years ago) and walked away.
I sat there for a few minutes after that missed attempt and realized this guy had no idea what he was talking about. I racked 265 and had a fellow lifter spot me...I got it easy. I put on 275 and got it fairly easy. I felt good but decided to leave on a positive note. If I would have went in a little more pumped up and followed my plan I would have been close to 300.
Long story short don't listen to personal trainers advice or if you do take it with a grain of salt. I'm a novice weight lifter but as I found out certain pt's have little to no clue about weight training.
p.s. Sorry for having a sandy vagina but I had to get that off my chest.