Monday, January 30

It’s fun to max out occasionally, but we don’t do it that often, and as you all know, we try to keep you from randomly maxing out off schedule.

The video below from Juggernaut gives a great breakdown of how one-rep max testing can be beneficial, but can also lead to problems in training.

The most important thing to me is that testing a one-rep max pushes you to your absolute limits, and we know that pushing yourself to the limit brings greater risk for injury. Technique breaks down and things can just go wrong more easily when you’re lifting as much as possible.

So the more you test a max, the more opportunities there are for injury.

There are also different phases to a strength cycle – building muscle, muscular endurance, maximal strength, etc…

During a muscle building phase the reps will be high and your body will not be prepared to test a one-rep max so even if you do test it during this phase, you’re probably not getting a true result of how strong you are.

Of course, testing 1RM occasionally and at the right times can give you great feedback on your training. It should always be part of a bigger plan.

Check out the video for the full explanation and trust your training. Don’t open yourself up to possible injury and remember that you’re always working towards an end goal.

Workout for Monday, January 30
Hip Mashing and Mobility

Open WOD 15.1A
9 min AMRAP
15 T2B
10 Deadlifts (115/75)
5 Snatches (115/75)

Rest 4 min

For Time:
15-12-9-6
Burpees to Target out of Reach
Kettlebell Swings (1.5/1)