How often do you test your PR or 1 rep max

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  1. 6StingHero

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    Just like the title says how often do you attempt your person record or 1 rep max on any certain exercise. Only reason I ask is I 've just started lifting again after about half a year off and I have not once tried to test my max at any exercise. The main reason why I haven't is because I work out in my basement and only have 315 pounds plus the bar in free weights and can both squat and dead lift 315 relatively easy. I don't have a spotter so BP is out of the question.

    I would just like to get a certain idea on how often I should go to the gym and try them out.
     
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    I'm not on any set schedule. I usually just wait until I feel like I've made a lot of progress on a particular lift. I also think that most people test too often.
     
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    The same as Old Man - not really a set schedule, just when I feel it's time. It's usually once a month, but here lately, it's been more like once every three or four months.

    And for the record, I used to try and schedule out my PR attempts, but that ultimately led to me not being ready when the day arrived.
     
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    When I'm O-lifting every saturday, but it's not like a competition max it's pretty conservative, because I suck at it. Except my shoulders are fucked so now it will be before Smolov Jr. and after Smolov jr, so every 4th week.

    I think it really depends on what you are lifting for. I belive maxing in Westside and Olympic templates is in part to get you used to going for it, because maxing is your sport. However if you are looking for strength for other reasons then you can test it less frequently because your indicator so to speak is your other sport or just life.

    Just some ideas I've had.

    Normally I just max when I feel like it like Lusst and Old Man though, because like Lusst said if I plan it out then I will end up doing it on a shitty day.
     
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    I usually only max the big three once every 4-6 weeks. Depends on what type of cycle I'm on, how far out from competition, and how I'm feeling.
     
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    Well I'm doing a 12 week cycle now, so I will max at the end of that. I'd assume I may just lift on my own after that for a bit then try a new cycle. So I would geuss about 3 times a year. I'd much rather hit PR's on 3's or 5's and get the workload in.
     
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    usually once every 2 months
     
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    Every 9 weeks or so.
     
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    Generally at the end of a cycle before hopping into something new.

    But I'll also occasionally do a big lift on a whim. Something in the wind makes me do it.
     
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    Used to do it every two or three weeks, rarely do it these days.
     
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    Just often enough to stay ahead of Dan.
     
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    Tomorrow. which is about two months or more from my last PR trys
     
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    When I care what my numbers are, I PR at least one lift a week. When I don't care, I could go 2-3 months without PRing. For example, now I'm in a bunch of contests so I'm PRing squat every week (3 contests involve squat)

    I'm not in any bench contests, so I haven't PRed bench in forever.
     
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    Whenever I feel like I'm noticably stronger.
     
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