Abide and I are interested in improving our 1RMs (One-Rep Maxes) in the basic, non-Olympic lifts--Deadlift, Squat, Bench Press, Overhead Press, and, to a lesser extent, Bentover Rows, Chinups, and Power Cleans. This thread will document our workouts and evolving regimens as we make the push. Anyone else interested in improving their 1RMs is welcome to join, no matter their level. For background on how we got this idea, read through Abide's thread "Optimal Strength Training for Runners" in the "Health, Nutrition, Injuries, and Medical Conditions" Forum. We will continue to use that thread to discuss strength training theory and protocols. To keep things interesting, Abide and I are seeing who can first get to a 1RM of 400 lbs /180 kg. in the Deadlift. We will consider contests in other lifts as time goes by. But the main idea is to act as virtual training partners who will push one another to improve our maxes.