BEING THE SMART CHEAT – PART 2

BEING THE SMART CHEAT – PART 2
The 2 classic moves that we helped you with last week – the Hanging Knee raise and the Bench press – were just 2 out of a 5 piece series. Here’s presenting to you the counterparts that weren’t covered the last time around.
THE SQUAT

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The original

Lower yourself towards the ground, and stop only once the back of your thighs touch your calves. This is the original way of doing the squat; which more often than not reminds you of the times you were punished for not doing your homework.

Being the Smart Cheat

Use a weight that is about quarter more the weight than what you’d use to do a full squat. Lower your body about 6 – 7 inches, and then pause. Return to your original position. By doing so, you get to use more weights on your quadriceps. It is considered safe because you’re reversing the movement before your knees reach the 90 degree point.

THE BICEPS CURL

The original

Stand against a wall, and hold a Swiss ball against your back (to maintain posture) while you do this move. If you’re up for the stricter version, you could try maintaining contact between the wall and the elbows, as you pick up the weights.

Being the Smart Cheat

While you hold your dumbbells at arm’s length at your sides, keep your back arched and lean forward at your hip region. Now slowly bend your legs until the dumbbells reach your knees. Now is the time when the real action will start – curl the dumbbells, push your hips forward and straighten your legs all at the same time. At the end of this move, you’ll be standing upright and the dumbbells will be resting on your shoulders. If this is the case, then you’re being the smart cheat. Remember – The slower you lower the dumbbells the better muscle-building effort this will turn out to be.

THE LAT PULLDOWN

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The original

The biggest and most common mistake is that the name suggests pull-down. But we say, think ‘pull-up’. Perfect the motion of pulling your chest towards the bar, instead of doing the vice versa.

Being the Smart Cheat

Do an ‘incline pulldown’ version of this move. Grab the lat pulldown bar with a shoulder-width, overhand grip while you keep your back arched. Keep your torso at a 45 degree angle from the floor. Pull the bar down towards the top of your shoulders; and make sure you don’t move your upper body while doing so. This helps work out the oft neglected upper back muscles.