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incline-press
by Mike Arnold

The strict vs. loose form argument is one which goes way back to the beginning of our sport and ever since then, we have seen no shortage of individuals come forward to voice their opinion on the matter. Practitioners of strict form claim that “cheating” (a term used to describe the use of momentum during a lift) reduces muscular tension by bringing other muscles into play in order to help complete the repetition, thereby robbing the target muscle of the stress it should be receiving. Those who adhere to the use of loose form claim that momentum is only employed in order to increase stress on the target muscle…not reduce it. They state that cheating is utilized in order to assist the target muscle in working through the hardest part of the range of motion, where it would normally fail, thereby enabling the lifter to perform additional repetitions before hitting failure and further increasing muscular stress. So, which side is correct? The answer is both and neither.
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