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Max Lift Question


#1

In a couple of weeks, I'll be finished with a 8 week training program and want to test my max lifts. How should I do it to get the best lifts? Should I bench, dead and squat all in the same day? Is there any special order I should lift in?

Usually, I warm up with a few reps going up 50 pounds a time. Is that the best way to warm up? What about doing a few sets with light weights and than jumping up to my goals? I'm not talking about huge weights, I'm looking for 275 bench, 365 squat and dead.


#2

It doesn't sound like you are training for a PL meet so why would you think the best results would come from doing them all the same day?
If you do 3 workouts a week start each workout with one and go through to max.
Or, try one each Monday for 3 weeks.
Or........

Well about warmups.
10 min cardio or something to get the blood flowing

Do 10 reps of what you could do 20
Do 6-8 reps of what you could do 12-15
do 3-5 reps of what you could do 8-10

keep tight--good form--feel it-prepare your mind

then I like to do 1 rep at about 85% max. You know you can do it but it just seems neurologically better than the big jump from say 200 to 300. You pop in that 1 rep at 265 or so.
Wait 2-3 minutes and put 5 more lbs on the bar than you think