Day 18: Cheating VS Perfect Form
Today, I woke up and weighed myself. Weight is: 83.9Kg. Yesterday I consumed 584 calories below my BMR and did 300 calories of exercise above my BMR. Total deficit is 884 calories.
The fast day does it’s job. It gives a boost to the weight loss velocity with minimal disruptions to my life. This time I made sure to not eat the whole planet for supper.
My personal opinion on whether a person should cheat on a movement or do perfect form is squarely in the perfect form camp. If you have to cheat to finish the movement, then it is too much weight. If you are lifting too much, you are risking injury. The whole purpose of our workouts are to become healthy and fit. An injured person is not healthy, and the fitness happens more slowly after the injury.
A good example is doing deadlifts. Deadlifts are an almost all inclusive exercise. Many muscles are involved in the deadlift and everything acts as a system. Almost like a chain, and like a chain, it is only as strong as the weakest link. If you need straps, then your grip is too weak, and your grip should be progressing at the same speed as the rest of your muscles. If you have to drop the bar to the ground between reps instead of lowering the weight, then those muscles are too weak.
Always, if you push weak muscles too far, you will injure them. We’re not trying to be world class athletes, we’re trying to get fit and healthy. Injuries slow down progress and create health issues. Those work against our long term goals of health and wellness.