How to test your one-rep maximum and why it matters

Calling all weightlifters: Do you know your one-repetition maximum (1RM)? If you don’t, here’s why you should and how to measure it if you haven’t already.

Your 1RM is the maximum total effort to produce one repetition of a lift, usually reserved for “big lifts” like a bench press, squat, or deadlift. For example, if the most you can deadlift for one rep is 200 pounds, that’s your 1RM. That doesn’t mean compromising your form to get rep though, which is an important distinction.

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