Finding Your 1, 3, or 5 Rep Max Just Got Easier

We are very spoiled today with the convenience of technology right at our fingertips.  I basically can think of an idea or subject and with in a minute can have pages of information on that subject right in front of me.

As I’ve been working on getting stronger and dealing with more percents of rep maxes, etc.  in the gym and Crossfit I thought, “I wonder if there is an app that would calculate it out for me?” So I checked….and there are quite a bit.  Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

So I downloaded two to my phone to try out and compare.

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The first, 1 Rep Max Lite (an A.J. Media app) is pretty plain and simple.  You enter the amount of weight lifted, how many reps
you did with that weight and hit ‘calculate’.  Your weight for 1, 3, 5, 8, and 10 rep maxes are calculated in a blink of an eye. Easy, simple, and to the point.

UnknownThe second app is 1 Rep Max.  This app has more to offer.  Just like 1 Rep Max Lite, you enter the weight lifted by sliding a bar or typing the weight in to appropriate box, and same with the number of reps performed.  It then calculates your 1 rep max.  In the menu screen you get some options which kicks this app up a notch from the first.  From the 1 rep max number you obtained you click on ‘percent’ and it will have your percentages for that weight ranging from 5-125%. You can also track and log specific lifts such as Back Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift, Front Squat, Strict Press, and Overhead Press.  Graphs tab gives you graphical view of your progress.  In the settings you can create add new lifts that you would like to keep track of as well, so if you wanted to track your snatch then go to settings and add it there.  You can also choose lbs or kilos in the settings section as well.  One downfall, just a distraction really, are the constant ads at the bottom.  For $1.99 you can have the ads removed.  I’m a cheap skate and will just deal with them, but the option is there.

I figure any other apps should be relatively the same and not much different, so I am limiting my search to these two.  If you know of or are using another 1 rep max calculator and would like to share with myself and the rest of us, comment the name down in the comments section below.

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Kevin Fulton

Kevin Fulton is personal trainer in Pittsburgh, PA. His goal is to help his clients look, feel, and move better. In his spare time you can find him under a barbell or practicing jiu jitsu.

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