I was pretty weak when I started my powerlifting class about 4 weeks ago, and today, they finally let us attempt 5 rep maxes for weights.
Today was the first day for the 5 rep max, working on different lifts through the week, and it was with the bench-press. I had started with just a 15 lb. aluminum training barbell and had slowly worked my weight up to 60 lbs., being very slow and cautious.
Today, my coach encouraged me to go “balls-to-the-wall,” and I managed to upgrade to the 45 lb. steel barbell — THE BIG GIRL BAR!
I ended up being able to do a 5 rep max @ 95 lbs. — I surprised myself!!!