Hello everyone. For competitive powerlifters, should or could the training max be recalculated following meets? I compete bench only, so I’d be speaking specifically for the bench. Right now, my bench training max is actually pushing quite close to my real max. Should I deload it down to 90% of the meet max, which is my most recent check of an actual 1rm?
I don’t go for rep records on the top set, so hitting the required reps for that set are challenging, but manageable. But I do work with heavy singles at 100% training max every 2 weeks, and they are now very very close to my actual 1rm, so much so that I missed one last week - I also had a rough day before hitting the gym though, so that could have had an impact of course. But maybe I’m starting to train too heavy too often with this training max almost equaling my actual max?
I compete roughly every 3 months, but with maybe just two priority meets a year. I’d look at the priority meets for an actual 1rm, rather than the lower priority meets as I often use them to trial new things and experiment.