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Old 11-04-2013, 11:18 AM   #11
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'Good' form is only really important for injury prevention. You can still make adaptations using what most people would consider bad form. It's just stuff like rows you might get injured. All the super slow bs with these ultra slow negatives seems really silly imo.
Those are good points. I never even thought about the possible injury aspect.

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I do the same type of rows as Pete. I don't believe in babying rows. I also don't believe in the near standing up rows.
To me it looks like he's basically deadlifting the bar to his knees and then pulling the bar to his waist with his lats. What I do is I deadlift the bar all the way up, then lower it down to just above my knees and do the whole set from there without setting the bar back on the floor in between reps. Do you think that's effective or is it one of those near standing up rows? I can't seem to be able to do any other kind because they put too much pressure on my lower back.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:22 AM   #12
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I remember watching this video about Bertil Fox, one of the first mass monsters of the 80s from the UK. He had the worst form I've ever seen but he said it worked for him to stimulate the muscle using heavy weight. He had insane genetics and took a tonnes of gear though. He had a 600lb bench apparently.

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I remember watching this video about Bertil Fox, one of the first mass monsters of the 80s from the UK. He had the worst form I've ever seen but he said it worked for him to stimulate the muscle using heavy weight. He had insane genetics and took a tonnes of gear though. He had a 600lb bench apparently.

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He's a total contradiction to everything you assume to be right, but it obviously worked for him.
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He's a total contradiction to everything you assume to be right, but it obviously worked for him.
yeah, he was an absolute beast but he went to prison as he murdered his girlfriend. Quite sad really. If he took the gear that today's pros take, he would be up there with the best.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:07 PM   #15
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I agree with most of what has been said so far. However, on squat, bench, and deads the crew I train with will not tolerate intentional form sloppiness. They put alot of effort and time into coaching me and expect me to improve and learn. On Max attempts, my form breakdowns very little because of this coaching. Additionally, the risk of injury, even on some iso lifts like curls, is too high for my liking - even a forearm injury can cause havoc on all your training. As well, one may not be injured on a lift while cheating but the risk of a cumulative effect is always there.
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You see this is where my OCD comes in handy.

I made sure I researched form for hours before I started, and am constantly trying to perfect it.

I'd say it was pretty tight now, always controled.
Fairly slow on the lowering, and more explosive on the way up.

I have no advie to give seen as I don't have any lifting experience, but I will say this.

You might have seen the Hodge Twins on YouTube.

Now I don't belive they give very good advice sometimes, but they're big, and their response to an e-mail about rep speed, cheat reps etc;

Was "Just lift the f***ing weight".

Crudely put as always, but basically, as long as your not cheating as you say your not, and you're not lifting the weight at a ridiculously slow speed, your alright.


Deliberation over form seems to be endless, but really it seems to me as long as your lifting the weight with reasonable, controlled form, you can't go wrong.

You progress, get bigger, get stronger, so its working.
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I feel that there is to much obsession over "form". We all get a lil sloppy at some point, as long as its not over exaggerated it should be dine.
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I'm definitely a form first lifter. I look at form as maximizing leverage. If I'm not maximizing leverage I'm lifting less weight. I'm not saying I don't push it because God knows I have put up some ugly lifts haha! I just don't believe in the lift it at all cost philosophy. That will only let you progress so far.
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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.

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On the Squat and Deadlift.. Form is Key in Big numbers...No room for bad form.. It will breakdown when shooting for PR's and such, but cheating reps is not smart on these.

Now on Rows, Curls, ISO movements and even Bench at times... Cheating the last rep or two.. To a Degree.. Like on you last set and last rep or two... Swing just a little to get past a sticking point. Or on bench and doing touch and go's...

Also something I haven't seen mentioned.. These ae like tools on your belt.. No different then Super Sets or gaint Sets and so on. Aslong as you don't do it on every rep everyday.. your Fine. You can keep decent form and still "Cheat" a little.

It's a way of Overloading or taking the muscle to failure. Not much different then using Briefs, Knee Wraps, Rev Bands etc... if you think about...I just think these methods are smarter and safer way of getting to the same point.

Also for BodyBuilding you can get away with it more. As your weight is less and your reps are higher. Talking about 10-12 reps and trying to squeeze out that 13th rep.. For Powerlifting.. Cheating on 1-3 Reps just shouldn't be an option. Form Breaking down isn't Cheating, but doing it on purpose with close to PR weight is DUMB.
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