Bench press PRs for non-powerlifters
If you do not compete in powerlifting, should you regularly test your maximum bench presses? But I think testing an "Everyday Maximum" (EDM) can be valuable.
Your EDM is something you could do every day of the week without worrying about it. Some lifters estimate that this is within 90% of their true maximum.
I use an EDM for both competitors and non-competitors as it provides at least a base for programming power. Some people prefer the rate of perceived disability (RPE) scale, but I've seen so many people who clearly have no self-observation about what a RPE is at 7 or 8, that I'm just not a fan of it.
Technically, I do not agree with the coaches, who say you never have to train less than a 3RM. The EDM often correlates with a true 3RM, and if you are trying to build maximum strength and / or muscle, there should be 5 repetitions of the floor.
Do you play for Team Ass Clown?
The bench press does have a high potential for injury, but this is often associated with full-fledged ass clowns, who exhaust almost every workout. I literally have no idea what's important.
And yes, I did it. And yes, it was stupid every time I did it. And yes, I was a member of the Team Ass Clown when I trained this way. And if you do that, you do it too.
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Learning to train hard comes with a multitude of dangers, even if you take precautions and use an intelligent program. There is no need to further increase the danger of exceptionally stupid shit … like a 1-rep-max bench press all the time.
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