Originally Posted by Ian Gallimore
I'd say this is why you failed - you need to use a recent tested max and not a projected max, especially one based off a set of 10. I've done the base meso twice and am just about to start the intense meso. First time round I had tested my max about 2 weeks before, so I lowered that by a few kg (7.5kg if memory serves me correctly) and based my numbers off that. Second time round I just used a very recent max triple to base the numbers off. The general rules seem to be to use either:
a) A very recent actual 1RM (a limit lift) minus a few kg
b) Your max triple
c) Your everyday 1RM.
Yup, I would agree with this. I did 3 week Smolov base mesocycle recently and used 2 kg below my 1RM FS (which was a month or two old, not current). I only failed one set in the whole cycle, and I was doing a whole of other stuff (i.e. running a lot). Set big PR's after that.