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Testing 1RM


#1

I am going to be doing OLAD in a few weeks, and I would like to have a little better idea of my 1 RM than my ongoing conjecture based on my working sets in my current workout. Two questions -

1 - Is it better, worse, or a matter of preference whether to get a 1 RM based on what you can lift one time, or use a set of <10 to failure and use an online calculator. the only lift over 300 will probably be squats, so tendon/ligament issues arent really a huge deal.

2 - Can I get multiple 1 RMs accurately in one workout, or should I break them up? and, if so, how should they be broken up? I take a week off after completing every 3-6 week program, so i really could go in and do one each day.

I honestly havent done this in like 5 years, so thank you for helping with my nit-picking questions. I probably havent had a decent routine since then either, yikes!


#2

1.) Getting your true 1RM is definitly better than guessing at it.

2.) It depends on how advanced you are. If you are advanced, then hitting more than 1 max-out for the day might really wear you out. It doesn't seem that way for you, so you probably can hit 2 a day.


#3

Like Trinsey said, I think you could reasonably figure out 2 (mayyyybe 3) exercises. Especially if they're for different bodyparts, you allow a good amount of time between attempts, and you're shooting for the 2RM.