Many of us will have bought a cheap set of weights at some point or another. We may still be using them, but we may not be getting the most from our weights routines. The fact is that many of us who wan to get bigger and stronger do not train correctly.
Today we will look at an important aspect of weights training, and that is the correct use of form. Many trainees simply do not train in a strict enough style. We never want to use body momentum to move a barbell. We should always train under strict control and this is best achieved using a slow cadence of two seconds to raise a bar and four seconds to lower it. Even if we have the cheapest weights set possible there is no excuse for bad form.
If the bar is not moving under your total control then there is too much weight on it. Use less weight in a strict exercise form and you will see much better results. We want to isolate our muscles and this is achieved by ensuring that it is the desired muscle that is moving the bar. If we jerk and heave the weight it is not having as much effect. We are cheating and this is not the way to maximize growth.
With strict control we will see much better results and there is no doubt that the biggest and strongest trainees are those that work out with determination and intensity but with perfect form and never by cheating themselves with a weight that is bigger than what they can realistically handle. Progression is very important in terms of the poundage that we can handle but it should never be at the expense of dangerous exercise practices that may result in injury or may even halt our training altogether.