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2007/06/07 23:46:46 (permalink)

Spotters

On saturday I am starting bench pressing for the first time. I dont have the aid of spotters And I would like input regarding how more experianced body builders bench press without the aid of spotters thanks.
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    RickyRoma
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/07 23:48:45 (permalink)
    Why don't you just ask someone for a spot?
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/07 23:51:12 (permalink)
    Make sure you don't get pinned If you don't think you can complete another rep just stop for that set. Thats the beauty of spotters though you can always try and get that extra rep out.
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/07 23:56:18 (permalink)
    See from your other post you have DB's. If you're really worried perhaps just use these instead of BB. As above post though, the benefit of a spot is that you will be able to get that extra rep out.

    I tend to work chest on Sunday morning at my gym, when there doesn't seem to be anyone else around to ask for a spot. Hasn't held my training back, you might need to be more conscious of your abilities though.
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 00:01:54 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: RickyRoma

    See from your other post you have DB's. If you're really worried perhaps just use these instead of BB. As above post though, the benefit of a spot is that you will be able to get that extra rep out.

    I tend to work chest on Sunday morning at my gym, when there doesn't seem to be anyone else around to ask for a spot. Hasn't held my training back, you might need to be more conscious of your abilities though.


    Don't use collars!
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 00:06:35 (permalink)
    Don't use collars!


    Don't follow
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 00:11:22 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: RickyRoma

    Don't use collars!


    Don't follow


    He is doing a barbell bench press and something goes bad and he is pinned and he has no spotters......How is he going to dump the load if he has collars on? Maybe he should just lays there and gets crushed.

    Without collars on he can dump the plates.

    Ideally he should be in a power rack and have spotters available but he says he won't have anyone spotting.
    post edited by sanchin - 2007/06/08 00:15:20
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 00:22:38 (permalink)
    Right, so your comment was directed to him and not me (not exactly clear).

    I think if you look carefully my advice to him was to use a spot or DB's. I did mention that I don't use a spot as I know my limitations, so I can see how you might have misread the post. . .

    I suppose it's better than nothing, but not having collars and then dumping one side of the load midpress doesn't sound very safe.

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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 00:31:42 (permalink)
    Are you saying that I should bench press with a barbell that does not have the spinning nut things. So If I get pinned I can lean the barbell to one side and dump half the plates.
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 00:32:54 (permalink)
    That is what sanchin is suggesting yes.
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 00:34:20 (permalink)
    I have dumped a few plates before. Typical situation is I am in mid rep and it is a struggle and I am not sure I can complete it. I lower the bar back to my chest then I dump the plates.

    Lifting alone isn't smart. The bench press claims more rookie's lives the any exercise.

    I was in the hospital emergency room with my father once when they brought in a kid who was lifting in his parent's basement. He dropped the bar acrossed his face. Crushed his facial bones. It was horrible thing.

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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 00:35:42 (permalink)
    Thanks very much for the input everyone.
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 00:38:09 (permalink)
    I was in the hospital emergency room with my father once when they brought in a kid who was lifting in his parent's basement. He dropped the bar acrossed his face. Crushed his facial bones. It was horrible thing.


    Nasty. . .
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 12:44:22 (permalink)
    if you need a spotter then you are lifting more than you can handle IMO.

    lets say you want 5reps benchpress with 100k but you can only do 4reps with good form so you get someone to assist you with the 5th rep,then that 5th rep is not equall to 100k because your partner is taking some of the load off,so why not just drop the weight untill you can complete the reps all in good form.
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 13:17:09 (permalink)

    yes practice with light weight e.g initially just the bar until you know what weight you can handle.

    concentrate on technique not weight to start with.
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 13:31:18 (permalink)

    I train alone all the time, I hav dropt the bar on me a couple of times in the past, thinkin i could get an extra rep in. Would recomend u get a power rack or a multi press rack. If ur just startin benchin, use a light weight and practice on gettin the form right, personly i didn't but might b wise to hav someone there if its ur first try at benchin. IMO woulden't recommend u lift with out the spring collars, like i said tho IMO.
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 16:09:33 (permalink)
    I started out benching with dumbell's then when they became a problem to get up to starting position, I moved to the smiths machine. A lot of people scoff at the smith in favour of free weight barbells but I would say it is the lone trainers best friend.

    No shame in using the smithie!
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/08 16:29:53 (permalink)
    Ok thanks again everyone, your input is muh appreciated and valued.
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    RE: Spotters 2007/06/10 13:12:46 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: buzzer

    if you need a spotter then you are lifting more than you can handle IMO.



    I totally disagree with the above. You can fail at any time and with no warning.

    Bottom line

    YOU CANNOT SAFELY BENCH WITHOUT SPOTTERS

    Unless you are going to stick with schoolgirls weights and do sets of a thousand

    As far as I know, forgiveness is for the benefit of the person doing the forgiving, not the one being forgiven
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