Do you do your reps at the right speed, to get the maximum effect out of them? With this simple trick you can make sure.
You have seen it: guys doing their reps at a speed that turns dumbbells into ballistic missiles. On the way up they use momentum, on the way down they let the weight drop. It’s as if they don’t want to train themselves, but play spotter to Earth’s gravitational field.
Doing it right is very simple. Simply hold a two second count, where a second really is a second. Just going “one, two” won’t work:
Suddenly The Dumbbell Is Heavy!
As I said in the video, you might notice that the weight seems much heavier using it this way. That’s a sure sign of you having cheated yourself before. Use the weight where you can go this slow and still do your reps in good form!
Picture courtesy of William Warby.