rep max conversions. what i mean is, if my 1rm is 225 on benching, then how heavy should i lift if i want to use 8 reps, 12 reps, 15 reps, etc.? is there some conversion table where it shows the percentage weight for a certain amount of reps? the background + other questions: So i've been doing a 5x5 bill starr, while eating a lot. went from about 155 to about 168lbs now in the past 10-12 weeks. i've set PRs almost every week, so the program and eating have benefitted greatly, but i'm developing a bit of a belly, so i want to cut a bit just to change it up a bit, and eventually bulk again. so my question is, what happens if i cut down on calories, yet continue the 5x5 routine? the 5x5 is for strength, but that won't be attained with less eating. are higher sets/lower reps not recommended for cutting? i read this somewhere at some time, but i can't find it anymore. should i go for a lower set/higher rep routine to complement the cut in calories? i'm thinking about going back to waterbury's total-body routine, which has relatively low sets/high reps. i like its liberal variety of exercises i could do. i miss doing pull ups, military presses, and calf exercises. so with this routine, there's lots of varieties in the amount of reps and sets, which is why i'd like a calculator mentioned earlier. i wouldn't know what weights to use for a 2x18. cliffs: stopping bulking phase (though i'm not exactly that big) and starting cutting phase. should i stop the bill starr 5x5 routine and go for a lower set/higher rep routine like waterbury's total-body routine? i need a calculator converting 1rm to 8rm, 12rm, etc.