Professor X wrote:
If by “tight” you mean trying to force enough power by, much like martial arts, build it internally with everything you have, none of that requires arching your back unless you are doing some insane one rep max as in powerlifting. I learned a lot from powerlifters that I bring into my training, but I have no desire to go for only one rep maxes. If I can’t get a weight even one time, I drop the weight a little. My goal, even if it is a weight I have never done before, is to at least get it up 3 times. I have accepted 2 reps before and then kept working at it during following training sessions, but never one rep alone. Outside of a competition, no one cares what your one rep max is. It means very little in terms of DEVELOPMENT.
I don’t understand why you are doing “PR’s”. Why isn’t your training geared towards a constant progression in the weight used? For instance, about 2 weeks ago, I got my maximum weight used on the HS bench press for a total of 8 reps. I did the same this week but with much better control. Because of that, it is now time for me to move up in weight for that last set when I train chest next. PR’s mean shit outside of a powerlifting comp unless this is referring to the maximum weight you actually use for reps.
In other words, why are you doing this? I remember the last time I did a max was in college when I was first getting serious, and that was mostly because I was training with a bunch of other guys and the goal was to outdo each other. I am glad I grew out of that. It probably saved me some major injuries.
Yep, you are right, that’s granted. A part of the reason for doing 1RM PR’s has been to try outdo others, and to see if I’ve progressed… But in all honesty it’s mostly the 'cause of ego, and the thought of how much “cooler” it’s to push 2,5-5 lb more for a 1RM, than for a 3RM… Sad, really…
Maybe it’s time for a change of…thoughts… Hehe… [/quote]
Why is this sad if its what you want to do?