What he said^^^^^^
Form is your best leverages and in my opinion safest option. Can you lift more lifting like it's the wild west? Sure maybe. But you will pay the price later with disc injuries or shoulder tears, whatever. I couldn't squat or deadlift more with crappy form, but I could bench more. Right up until it wrecked my shoulder. I learned correct form after that! Now I can actually squat somewhat more with crappy form (my best squats have been with good form, but crappy form does creep into my training more often than I'd like), and you bet I am being very wary of that. I never could deadlift worth a crap, good form or not, but recently have made some form corrections so am hopeful there.
I think with the main exercises your need to be thinking good form all the time, if a max ends up being ugly, so be it, but make it a clean PR next time. On rows, curls, etc. other non main lifts, it's much less strict, just get them done with decent form and don't do yourself a mischief. I won't egregiously cheap on curls or rows, but if I got one more rep to hit, I will hit it whatever it takes. I think the risk of injury in those lesser lifts is not as great. Hurt yourself on a squat, bench, Deadlift, OHP and you're in a world of hurt. Often a row or curl injury isn't quite so bad.
Time in the gym is strength gaining time. Time nursing an injury is strength wasting time.
I am Anton Zdravko Martin!
Best meet lifts: Sq 150 Kg (330 lb), Bench 120 Kg (264), DL 160 (352) @89 Kg (197)
Best gym lifts: Sq 375, Bench 280 (pause), DL 385 @205 or less
Goals: 3/4/5 while healthy and fit
"Hack away at anything which isn't essential. Do what you love, and do it often." Fazc.
"Everything competes for recovery so more assistance is not always the best idea." miked96
"Squat:15 sets of 3 with 150Kg
Deadlift:15 sets of 3 with 150Kg
It's not rocket science." Big Swede
Last edited by MikeM; 11-05-2013 at 01:35 AM.