FLEX-Approved Cheat Sheet

How to prosper by cheating your workouts.

 CHEATING BASICS 

  • The first reason to cheat is to push a set beyond strict-rep failure.
  • The second reason is to overload the targeted muscles with greater- than-usual resistance. Most exercises don’t lend themselves to safe cheating.
  • Loosening your form works best with isolation exercises for small muscles: biceps, triceps, and deltoids. 

 CHEATING TIP SHEET 

  • Don’t cheat exercises for abs, legs, or chest. 
  • You can add some lower-back sway to back exercises, but be careful not to overdo it. 
  • You can loosen your form on dumbbell shrugs by bending your arms.
  • Try pre-exhausting by following strict sets of one exercise with loose sets of another. 

 CHEATING BICEPS ROUTINE 

  • Standing Dumbbell Curl | SETS: 4 | STRICT REPS: 6-8 | CHEAT REPS: 2-4
  • Preacher Curl | SETS: 3 | STRICT REPS: 8-10 | CHEAT REPS: –
  • Cheat Barbell Curl | SETS: 3 | STRICT REPS: – | CHEAT REPS: 8-10

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