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Chad Lammert
05-06-2012, 01:46 PM
In general, when going for a max for the day, how many failed attempts are allotted for the max lift before dropping back like in the bulgarian program from the book? When training, is there a rule of thumb for how many attempts to make a lift before doubling back?

Greg Everett
05-06-2012, 02:08 PM
General rule of thumb for me is 3 attempts. But you need to be smart about it.If you take two attempts and the second one almost kills you, move on. If you take 3 attempts and each one is better than the last one, keep going until you make it or that trend reverses.

Keith Miller
05-07-2012, 09:58 AM
Chad, basically, what Greg said. I've made PR's after 5-6 attempts sometimes. I also have seen some guys take up to 10 attempts before making a PR, but I would not recommend that many. I usually take up to 3-4 attempts unless I know by the first 1-2 that it's just not going to happen.