I was reading some articles at work and came across this, thought it was funny and maybe some of you would too.
Example Cheating Movement:
For instance, a bench press is a cheating exercise where you use about six muscles. Plant your feet on the floor; arch your back and immediately you are using the terrous major. You also put your thumbs around the bar (which should never be done, you should always use a palm grip) and immediately you use the forearms.
Now you’re using your back and your forearms. Once you arch your back and get your feet in a planted position, primarily the exercise is inner deltoid. When you do this, you are using your biceps and triceps. So you’re using roughly six muscles to so-call lift the weight, never really developing any muscle, never shaping or sculpting it.
You should never put your thumb around the bar. When you do, in any exercise, you will bring your forearm into play. For instance, if you’re working your biceps, half of the exercise will be forearm and the other half biceps. That’s why people say to me, “Every time I do curls, I feel it in my forearm.”
That’s right because you are wrapping your thumb around the bar. You should be wrapping your thumb under the bar which is called a palm grip or a false grip.
Of course, if you do want to be a weightlifter, you have to realize that sooner or later you are going to injure every joint, muscle, ligament, and tendon in your body. All for the sake of saying, “I’m a power lifter and I can lift 400 pounds.” It’s not going to get you anything except a lot of pain and it will only get worse as you age.
With most power lifters, diet is thrown to the wind because they eat anything and everything. Technically, the more you weigh the more you can lift. You will have to ask yourself if that’s how you want to look or do you want to look like a bodybuilder. This is the ultimate decision that you’re going to have to make.