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I like to "max out" every week. Is this okay?
"Maxing out" is lifting the heaviest weight you can for one repetition of an exercise. It is quite dangerous if done incorrectly and serves little purpose except for people who are training for competitive power lifting. Training for competitive power lifting should be done under the supervision of an educated fitness professional with experience in coaching and training competitive power lifters. We do not agree with "maxing out" as a way to gauge progress or as a way of testing athletes. There are safer, more effective ways to gauge muscular strength.