[quote]Doug Adams wrote:
It seems as I get closer to one 1RM my reps go down tremendously and it takes singles to get there.
Exactly. That’s what makes it a 1 rep maximum lift.
I normally train 80-85% 5-8 reps as this seems to be working well for me.
Define “working well”.
If I had to guess would this be concerning something with the CNS system since I don’t train consistently with 90%+?
Correct. Read Tony Gentilcore’s new article on incorporating 90%+ lifts in your routine.
When I started in September of '05, I could do 185 for 5 reps. Around winter '05 I took off somewhere between a month and 6 weeks from bench because I was stupid wanted to focus on other lifts (ones I won’t mention for fear of being laughed at lol). I took another 6 weeks off this september to october and yesterday I hit 355 touch and go.
I’m a big guy who who ate a lot so I was pretty much “bulking” the whole time. I know it’s a weak ass weight for my size but I try to judge my lifting by my progression. It’s annoying as hell when I keep being told I should be doing 4 or 5 plates as if most people (not from this forum) seem to forget it’s takes training to get strong in the first place.
I’m not obsessing over the calculator, I just found it odd that as I got over around 85-90% I could no longer do multiple reps.
Thanks for the article, I’ll look into it now.