Do "cheat curls" (recommended by Arnie himself) work?

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    Aug 07, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    I've just come across this in another form: cheat curls.

    Basically, when doing other forms of curls you have to keep to a very strict form. No jerking of arms or body.

    But if you are doing a cheat curl, you have to lift much heavier than normal and you are allowed to use your body to swing so as to lift the weight.

    More info here: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KFY/is_5_23/ai_n14706839

    I'd like to know if any of you guys do cheat curls and whether they really work?
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    Aug 07, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    I see guys at the gym do it ALL the time. icon_rolleyes.gif
    I don't do them myself, since I am not very inclined at this time to lift heavy weight. Its bad form though and if they injure themselves then they deserve it.

    (Off topic) Speaking of bad form, I noticed some guys at the gym yesterday doing dumbbell shrugs. They were rolling their shoulders back and forth. No no no! I should have said something but I didn't... It was bugging the hell out of me though. icon_evil.gif
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    Aug 07, 2008 10:23 PM GMT
    I saw a guy doing what I'm going to assume were tricep kickbacks... or they might have been single arm rows. His form was that bad. He's start off swinging the weight back like a kickback, but his upper arm would go nearly all the way up. I about dropped my dumbbell on my foot =.

    I see those cheat curls all the time too. You're not focusing on your bicep, at that point you're putting more into your front delt then anything and maybe your lower back and core.
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    Aug 08, 2008 12:55 AM GMT
    The way to NOT cheat is to stand with your back to a wall. This will prevent you from being able to jerk your curl.
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    Aug 08, 2008 1:01 AM GMT
    If you have a bench, adjust it so that the back of the bench is slightly diagonal. You'll probably have to do lower weight than normal, but that's because your body is forced to do them the real way.

    _/

    Your bench should kinda look like that. Instead of adjusting your bench to be a seat at a 90 degree angle, it's more of a 110-120 degree angle.