I wouldn’t work with singles or doubles, but anything above that is fine, so long as FORM IS MAINTAINED.
Youth (all beginners, actually) aren’t neurologically very efficient. Your 1rm isn’t that much higher than your 3rm. Therefore, shooting for your 1rm isn’t as productive.
Perhaps more importantly, most youth are idiots, and pile more and more weight until ATTEMPTING to make the lift they hurt themselves (seen mostly with powercleans, benching, and squats).
Rippetoes is fine.
- Stay at 3 reps and above
- Don’t be an idiot
good advice, Unless you’re training for a better one rep max, staying in the 3-8 rep range will probably give you the best developement. I never really caught on to high reps for hypertrophy. I honestly don’t think it’s a noticable difference until you’re actually on the verge of being a big hulk-like beast. The key to gaining size and strength is weight and rep progression. A lot of people forget that and end up using the same weight for months.