To me form is everything. I’d rather have perfect form with less weight then throw up a ton of weight while having shit form.
For example I see guys at my gym, don’t get me wrong they are big and strong, but when they are repping 300 lbs while doing a flat bench which is a lot to me and their form is something like, they lift the bar up go about half way down the back up, it’s like the opposite of what I do.
I worked out with a worker at my gym and the way he benches which I have been doing for a long time because it seems to work well, is he goes all the way down touches his chest and goes back up about half way and that counts as 1 rep.
Apparently it keeps tension on your muscle damaging it more and that’s how you build it up. Makes sense to me and it does seem more tiring.
I just think it’s kind of frustrating when you see someone barbell curling 100 lbs but he’s swinging his back back and forth really fast, when he can just do like 85 lbs with a perfectly good form and go slower sort of like a negative motion.
I also have people telling me your way of benching or shoulder pressing because I approach it the same way is incorrect, these people actually go all the way down touch their chest and go all the way back up, so like a full stretch motion.
It got me thinking, are there differences? does it depend on what you are trying to do? i.e. building strength or mass or endurance etc. What do you guys think about form? How important is it to you, is the way I bench incorrect? Should I switch it up here and there?