Bad Form & Cheat Reps

  • Joeyphx444

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    Dec 28, 2014 2:46 AM GMT
    There is this kid at my gym who I kinda know since he is there all the times I am and we've talked before. He has nice arms, not huge but nice and toned with good size for his age/height/weight. They have the nice ripples and breaks in them.

    I watched him do some bicep curls with the olympic straight bar at about 115 lbs for a rep. I watched and was kinda confused. He obviously could lift it but was cheating very much. I have read and have seen videos of how to cheat properly but once in a while to increase your weight/strength a little. Most of these videos/explanations show guys swinging a little and with small back movement. This kid however, had that AND was moving his elbows/arms so much they were basically making a 90 degree angle with his body, so extreme shoulder involvement. It just looked wrong to me. I know I move my back a little on the last reps in the last set on curls but I make sure not to get to crazy and I have gained strength.

    Do you guys see this? Perfect form is key and great 99% and a little cheat reps help but don't you think some people take it too far and it looks like they would hurt themselves?

    You can challenge yourself and go hard without totally sacrificing form in that way right?
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 28, 2014 2:50 AM GMT
    I think good form is the most important part of weightlifting.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Dec 28, 2014 3:34 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidI think good form is the most important part of weightlifting.


    QFT. You can do less weight and so long as you have good form you'll get more return than if you use more weight with sloppy form. So many people don't seem to get this and then act surprised when they're putting their back and shoulders into curling 30lb+ handweights and not developing any noticeable bicep muscles. Not to mention poor form can strain muscles and joints and rack up cumulative injuries.
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    Dec 28, 2014 4:36 AM GMT
    At the gym I used to go to, I would see this ludicrously perfect dude - magazine-cover hot, always doing his workout with completely perfect form and ludicrously light weights. Just need him on display as an example icon_wink.gif

    (He was usually with this sort of pudgy guy, so I always figured that he was a trainer just doing demos. Then one day, they had a huge hissy fight and it finally dawned on me that they were boyfriends. icon_eek.gif )
  • Webster666

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    Dec 28, 2014 5:01 AM GMT
    I agree that good form is the most important part of working out with weights.
    You don't need to hire a trainer.
    Your computer has all the free instructions you need.
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    Dec 28, 2014 5:11 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidAt the gym I used to go to, I would see this ludicrously perfect dude - magazine-cover hot, always doing his workout with completely perfect form and ludicrously light weights.

    Omg - that's me!
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    Dec 28, 2014 5:12 AM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    mindgarden saidAt the gym I used to go to, I would see this ludicrously perfect dude - magazine-cover hot, always doing his workout with completely perfect form and ludicrously light weights.

    Omg - that's me!


    Nah, he had flaming red hair that reached almost down to his waist.
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    Dec 28, 2014 5:15 AM GMT
    ^
    You're right. Except for the hair, it's like looking in a mirror.
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    Dec 29, 2014 3:27 AM GMT
    Oh, you're right. It IS you.

    Now... how do I get red sharpie marks off my screen?
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    Dec 29, 2014 3:44 AM GMT
    lol

    Actually, I was referring to the part of the quote that I bolded, about proper form, not the perfect body part.

    But I'll take it! icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 29, 2014 4:42 AM GMT
    Cheat reps are a technique to help you over come plateaus in your workout, or to target a specific range of motion. But the body is a strange thing. We all respond differently to different exercises and movements. Some guys seem to get crazy big with nothing but cheat reps. While other guys seem to get big with targeted strict reps.