How important is it to get a good flex at the end of the rep, even if it means using less weight?
For instance, assuming all other factors are equal, who gains more mass faster:
(A) the guy who concentrates and does a rep slowly and controlled in good form and feels a good hard contraction at the end of a rep using less weight, or
(B) the trainer who does a "controlled," non-sloppy rep faster but without really concentrating and without getting a decent flex at the end (ie--just moving the weight up and down but *with* relatively good form and without being excessively sloppy)?
Let's assume the first guy is using the max weight he can to get a controlled rep with a good contraction, but it is less than the second trainer, who just moves the weight, not sloppily but without a good contraction and without really feeling the movement.
It is possible to lift your max weight with proper form, it just takes practice and concentration. Form is always important, but you don't have to sacrafice weight to have good form.
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I disagree with Hahn.
I believe with a little body english you can always lift more weight than your "proper form" max.
Reading your options A and B above, I find myself drawn to B, however my abdominal training has taught me one thing, going through the movements with weight isn't enough. Its all about the contraction.
Last edited by geoffgarcia; 11-06-2003 at 04:21 PM.
i'm drawn to the b catagory as i find myself able to push myself harder and further when i go at speed during reps.
However they are still done with good form and arent sloppy. But like geoffgarcia said it deppends on the movement.