Another 1RM question: When to do it?

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Another 1RM question: When to do it?

Post by KenDowns » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:08 pm

I'm doing 5/3/1. Soon I'll be testing 1RMs in the four basic lifts. Not all on the same day.

If I want to do whatever I can to ensure the highest possible 1RM, when in the cycle should I do it? I can picture trying it in Wave 3, or slipping in another week before or after deload, but don't really know how to reason through this. I have this intuitive sense that an extra week after deload would be the best, but that is based on only 2 cycles of experience, so I don't trust it much.
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Re: Another 1RM question: When to do it?

Post by Proper Knob » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:21 pm

Wendler recommends doing in the 5/3/1 week. But suggests modifying the reps so instead of the normal 5/3/1 you go 3/1/1 and to keep adding 5 or 10lbs increments after your top set till you stall.

For example -

3 x 75% (instead of 5)
1 x 85% (instead of 3)
1 x 95%
1 x 100%
1 x 105%
1 x 110%

Does that make sense?
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Re: Another 1RM question: When to do it?

Post by KenDowns » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:28 pm

@Knob, makes sense.

is that in the book? Did I miss that?

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Re: Another 1RM question: When to do it?

Post by Proper Knob » Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:17 pm

KenDowns wrote:is that in the book? Did I miss that?
It's not in the book. It comes from a compilation of Wendlers Blood & Chalk series and maybe questions answered on the elitefts website series regarding 5/3/1. A forum user (don't know which site) compiled them all together and Wendler put them on his training log over at elitefts. It's worth a read.

http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-log ... 083&tid=63" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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