[taken from another board]
To Serge Nubret,
Hi Serge, quick question for you. You say you used roughly 225 for many sets of 12-15 reps. You had a pretty strong 1 rep max bench press. My question is how often did you work up to a 1 rep max to test how strong you were?
And didn’t you find training with lighter weights affected your 1 rep max strength?
I know your a bodybuilder so i don’t mean to throw in a strength question but i’m curious.
ONLY REPS GIVE MUSCLE MASS, AND FOR A SAME FIBER MUSCLE QUALITY, THE
ONE WHICH IS BIGGER SHOULD BE STRONGER, RIGHT !.. SO IF SOMEONE BECOME
BIGGER HE SHOULD BE STRONGER, BUT IT IS NOT SO SIMPLE, HE MUST FIRST
BELEIVE THAT HE BECAME STRONGER, SO FOR THAT HE SHOULD TRY SOMETIME TO
LIFT A WEIGHT HE CAN DO 10 REPS THEN 11 …12…13 …UP TO 15.
HE CAN DO 15 REPS HE HAVE TO TRY AGAIN TO FIND THE WEIGHT HE CAN DO 10
REPS AND DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER. WHY THIS SYSTEM ?..BECAUSE
FOR THE MIND IT IS EASIER TO DO ONE SET MORE THAN LIFT 5 OR 10 KG MORE
BECAUSE IN THIS SECOND THE WEIGHT IS COMING YOUR ENEMY WHICH IS NOT THE
CASE WITH THE REPS SYSTEM. IT WHY I DID NOT HAVE TO TRY A MAX OFTEN
(ONLY ABOUT ONCE EVERY 3 OR 4 MONTHS).
WITH A BODY WEIGHT OF 95 KG, I DID ONCE 225 KG ON BENCH PRESS, BUT I
BECAME EVEN STRONGER WHEN I COMBINED BOTH “REPS AND MAX” I THING I DID
ONCE 10 REPS WITH 200 KG. I STILL HAVE THE FRENCH RECORD IN BENCH PRESS
SINCE 40 YEARS.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN A POWER LIFTER, BUT 40 YEARS AGO POWERLIFTERS USED TO
SAY THAT BODYBUILDERS JUST HAVE MUSCLES BUT WAS NOT STRONG, SO IT WAS
MY PLEASURE TO GO TO SOME WEIGHTLIFTERS CHAMPIONSHIP AS A SPECTATORS,
BUT AT THE END I COULD NOT RESIST TO HUMILIATE THE WINNER OF MY WEIGHT
CLASS, BY DOING WITH THE SAME BAR HE JUST BEEN LIFTING, ABOUT 8 OR 10
REPS. KILLING IN THE WAY THE CHAMPIONSHIP. SO THE COMMENT ABOUT
BODYBUILDERS AND WEIGHTLIFTERS WAS OVER.