Doing the best I can…is actually not the same as, “doing everything I can.”
When we tell people we’re doing the best we can, we’re actually saying, “I’m doing the best I’m comfortable doing.”
As you’ve probably discovered, great work makes us uncomfortable.
Begin warmup with empty bar first then begin with 35-45%x5, 45-55%x3, 55-65%x2, then 65-75%x1, 75-85%x1, 85-95%x1, 95-new 1 rm.
1. Back Squat (10-15 min max)
2. Shoulder Press (10 min max)
3. Deadlift (10-15 min max)
Here are some basic precautions that need to be followed for safety:
1) Don’t be stupid.
Don’t total if you’re injured to the extent that a total will aggravate the problem. This will cost you in at least training time, and possibly time off of work if you’re ultra-stupid.
2) Don’t be greedy.
Learn to recognize the difference between greed and ambition, and be merely ambitious.
If your first attempt tells you that you need to lower your second, do so, without a misplaced sense of diminished self-worth. It’s a test, and it’s designed to measure what’s there, not create something that’s not. That’s what training is for.