Calculating New Maxes

Discussion in 'Basic Training Principles and Methods' started by tocamjapan, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. tocamjapan

    tocamjapan New Member

    I understand that there is no need to recalculate maxes after the first cycle. However, I am coming off after a 5 year layoff due to illness, and I am rapidly gaining strength again.
    Would it be a good idea to take a week to recalculate my "new" maxes, considering I may have gained more strength compared to the average lifter because of my previous experience. Or should I just add the suggested 5/10 pounds to all my lifts and approach this slowly and work my way back up?
    Thank you.
  2. colby2152

    colby2152 New Member

    After all that time off, I would definitely retest your maxes...

    Weeks 1-2: 15's
    3-4: 10's
    5-6: 5's
    7-8: post-5's
    9: test RM's
    10 or 10-11: SD
    and start back up
  3. faz

    faz Active Member

    at the end of each cycle 15s,10s,5s, it is easier to do your maxes you get to your last workout of each cycle if you can put on more weight than you have wrote down then that is your new max.. :D

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