Yeah I read about using 85% of your actual max. Since that set wasn’t to failure, I’ll just take 5 lbs off the weight I used and use that as my TM. Should work, better to start lighter right?
Right, I read an article on Jim’s site the other day in which he talked about that.
Anyway, I have my max weight on the bench that I lifted for 4 reps to failure (a bit of a grinder set), which is 82 kg. What should I do with that number? Just plug into Jim’s equation for calculating the max or maybe take 5-7 lbs off and use directly for my TM?
Lastly, here’s the plan: I already know my squat and bench maxes by this point, so I only really need to calculate those for the deadlift and press. After this week I’ll take a week off to deload; during this week I’ll go to the gym only once and calculate my maxes for the deadlift and press. I’ll test my 5rm and use it as my TM. The following week, I’ll finally start 5/3/1.
I suspect my press numbers are going to be the most ridiculous. I haven’t trained the movement with a barbell in ages, I always do the db variation.