Everybody has seen 'that guy' who would rather die than bench press less than his training partners. Most bodybuilders may be friends on the surface, but secretly everybody wants to be the best. When you sacrifice form for weight on the bar, you are essentially developing nothing but injuries that will in the long term make you weaker.
This is training the ego, not the muscles. I'll hold my hands up and admit that I have been guilty of this in the past. As a smaller professional wrestler there is a lot of pressure on what you are lifting in the gym and I suppose that can be carried over into everyday life.
It would be naive to ignore the indisputable fact that everybody goes to the gym in order to improve their physique.
When you only care about how much weight is on the bar, you are not focusing on performing the exercises correctly. A good example of fake strength and ego lifting would be arching your back to the extreme when performing the bench press.What’s the point of doing that?
Reducing the range of motion helps you lift more weight but we all know that the weight will be reduced in half if you were to do it right.
It will do you no good and the only thing that you will achieve will be a partial and temporary ego satisfaction that you’ve lifted more weight.
However this can develop many issues later down the line especially in the shoulders due to the stress of heavy weight on bench and shoulder press.
My advice would be to follow these principles.
Don't care about what anyone else is lifting around you. It's you and your goals that matter, no one else's.
Never lift anything you can't get around 6-8 reps
- Before you get to your heaviest sets build up with some high reps 20-12 for the first few sets.
- If you're hurting in the wrong way, strip back the weight and correct your form.
- If you're a power lifter then ignore what I just said!