🔥 STOP CHEATING THE WEIGHT UP 👇
✅ We’ve all seen this in the gym or we’ve done it ourselves. Cheating is known as using momentum to help you lift the weight up aka “cheating the weight up.”
Let’s say you want to curl 100 lbs barbell to target the biceps. You can’t curl it with strict form, but, if you use your hips and extend your back really quickly using momentum to bring the bar up, you can bang out like 8-10 reps.
🚨 The Misconception and the Problem
This has been a common misconception with many people in the gym that by lifting heavier and cheating the weight up, it will help you increase the weight when you do strict form reps. The problem with that is, you have effectively reduced the amount of weight you are lifting by cheating.
🚨 Let me explain…
If you are able to lift 50 lbs for 8 reps with the last rep being the absolute max with good strict form, and then you do 100 lbs with cheating for 8 reps. You aren’t lifting the other 50 lbs with your biceps anymore. You start swinging and using your hips.⠀
If your MAX 8 reps is 50 lbs, there is no way you’re lifting 100 lbs with your biceps only. You will be lifting 50 lbs or less with your biceps and the other 50 lbs with the rest of your body.
Hope this makes sense and you rethink your form and also check your egos!