I personally am I fan of extended sets, drop sets or partials, I may be of assisted but I workout alone 99% of the time. It feels great and I’ve seen good results with it. After doing a set of wide-grip pullups I drop down and do neutral pullups from a dead hang till my arms hit 90 degrees, that is just one example of what I might do. I’ve heard good and bad things about working out like that, but I’ve gotten results, and like I always say, it’s hard to argue with result.
I think what Haney may mean is that cheating is ok as long as it’s done in a way so you won’t hurt yourself, you push youself beyond what you’d normally do on a set and it makes your muscles work in a different way. To me just another method amoung the hundreds to perform in the gym.
What Haney said has nothing to do with pushing yourself beyond what you can do. It has nothing to do with drops sets, or extended sets, or forced reps, or any of that.
He’s talking about not going full ROM. He’s talking about finding the partial ROM that keeps the most stress on the muscle as possible. That’s why you rarely see the big guys fully extend on overhead presses.
What makes you so sure that he is talking about partials? Haney’s last sentence was
Your main objective should be to always find a way to take your muscle to its fullest, and cheating is often the only way to take your fibers to absolute fatigue throughout the entire range of motion" ~ Lee Haney
This to me means he may cheat on some reps to get in some negatives. He mentions nothing about shortening his range of motion. “absolute fatigue throughout the entire range of motion”[/quote]
He also mentioned that the type of cheating he’s talking about is used by beginners to make lifting easier. I don’t know how beginners are using drop sets and negatives to make anything easier, the only one that would be common ground is “forced” reps, where in a disciplined BBers case a forced rep is lifting to failure, and in a newbies case it’s “see I told you I could do 225x5.”