How much weight should I be using on Reverse Hypers?
It seems pretty easy to me to load up the Reverse Hyper Pro with over 300 pounds, do 2 partial swings to get some momentum, then blast out 10 reps.
But as I rapidly move up in weight doing the exercise this way, I get the feeling that I’m not performing the exercise correctly. I AM trying to hold the top position and resist the negative and I AM letting my feet swing under my face so I get the all important fluid pump.
I know you’re not supposed to do Reverse Hypers so strictly that your feet don’t swing under your head. But I feel like if I’m not using the heaviest weight I can do full ROM reps with, then it’s hard to gauge if I’m making progress with this exercise.
I also don’t really have any example to go by. I’ve tried looking for YouTube videos. I’ve never seen anyone actually use the Reverse Hyper at my gym for anything but a table. So I can’t really get a feel for if it should take you one or two partial reps to get some momentum going or if you should be able to raise your legs into the finished position without building up any swing.
I just want a simple answer: Do I swing away? Do I use a weight that doesn’t require me to build up any swing? Or do I alternate between the two styles? I hesitate to use weights that don’t require me to build up any momentum because then all the subsequent reps after the first rep would be pretty damn easy.