Weightlifting & Exercise/pullups



When I do chinups, I notice that as I pull up, I move my legs slightly up, it helps in giving me momentum to go higher thereby a longer leverage. Is this ok/advisable or some form of cheating?

Thank you.


Hi Eddie,

Any form of cheating will detract from the muscles which you are trying to work, thereby making the exercise easier than if you did not cheat.  If you do this all the time, you will compromise results, and if you're not careful, it could lead to injury.

The only time you may want to use it is when you have done all the reps you can by keeping proper form (no cheating), and then using a bit of momentum (similar to how you have described), to get the weight to the top portion, and then focus on controlling the negative.  But even then, I would use that sparingly at 1-2 reps, max, if at all.


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