Hey guys. So, I've gotten access to a gym again and will start Chad Waterbury's "New Frontier" program next week. http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=905832
A lot of people have had good success with it and I want to give it a shot.
My question is this: How do I determine how much weight to use on each exercise? Waterbury writes that, on day 1 for example, I am supposed to be doing 4 sets of 6 reps with a load of 8 RM.
How do I figure this out? Am I supposed to beforehand go through all the exercises listed for that day and find out what my 8 RM is for each of them? This seems like it would take a long time to determine, as each day the workout is different as are the parameters. I would have to spend a week in the gym just trying to figure out how much weight to use for all these different days.
I was at the gym today trying to determine my max for a couple different exercises. I started with bench, found that my 1 RM is about 215. Starting doing the math...got confused.
I then tried to find my 1 RM on bent-over rows and realized that I had tired myself out a bit from the bench and wouldn't be getting a very accurate read. So, now I'm confused. Not quite sure how to go about this. This program is complicated and I want to be sure I'm using the right amount of weight so I'm not wasting my time.
Any thoughts? Hopefully that all made sense.
Thanks for the help.