How (Not) to Cheat at Weight Training

Make sure you're not using momentum while weight training to gain the most from your workouts.
Make sure you’re not using momentum while weight training to gain the most from your workouts.

Although many consider the term “momentum” to be a positive thing when it comes to working out, (think running, or any sort of cardio) this term also has a negative connotation behind it in the fitness world.

Momentum while weight training is counterproductive and dangerous. Performing a weight lifting exercise creates momentum, which can be used to cheat yourself while reversing directions. Momentum doesn’t use muscle strength but rather Newton’s law of gravity, so you will notice little to no muscle gain if you weight-train this way.

To prevent momentum and to get the most out of your weight-training exercises, be sure to pause for at least two seconds in between reps as this will absorb the momentum.

Check out this hilarious ARC video staring SDSU theatre student David Butler. David says, “The best part of working on the video was learning how to exercise properly. Of course, they had to teach me how to exercise wrong first, since I had never done that before either. In the end, it was all a good excuse to spend the next few days in bed to sleep off the pain.”

By: Kayla Heaviside

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