Today I was doing back, shoulders, calves and abs. One of the abs exercises is on a leg press. As I had to wait so long for the leg press that I did other exercise first and used the leg press last.
As we had been discussing how to try out a 1RM before on a bodybuilders forum, I was tempted to try out how I'd fare with the regular leg press (for quads).
Well, it seems that I'll need to abandon the leg press soon and will have to start squatting.. I've decided to go for the front squat (no problems falling over backwards because of short tendons I hope!), probably with a very light weight to test the waters (have shoulder probs).
Why? Well, it seems that since I've been lifting weights fanatically only for 3-4 weeks in a row now and I'm nearly maxing out!
My 1RM was 250 kg! I was flabbergasted! Or isn't it much of a big deal? I have never seen anyone do 250 kg on a leg press before.. at least not in my gym!
How I did it.. I knew I could do 160 kg as that was the finishing set weight of last Monday (10x100,6x120,6x130,5x150,4x160.. I hadn't been in the gym for 3 weeks, but after all those puny but steepish Portugese hills my quads were well trained).
Anyway.. I started with 170 kg, then discovered it felt easy, and put on 190 kg but when I moved the plateau, I thought I'd be able to do 210 kg.. same for 210, same for 230 when I finally tried 250 kg and just managed to push the weight back and decided this had to be my first established 1RM weight! Yooohoo! I should be able to surpass this fairly easily with a bit of training, shouldn't I?
Was this a right way to find out what my 1RM could be? getting the 'feel' of lower weight but not tiring the muscle by not completing the movement?