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Don't you hate it when your spotter ruins a perfectly good lift

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Whenever I bench heavy I like to use a spotter, duh, but only if I know the person can handle the task at hand. For example, I say "I want a lift off, follow me down and just be ready. Don't touch the bar unless I say "up" ". I f'ing hate it when the spotter decides on his own that he better "put a couple fingers on it". This goes for any lift not just bench. Come on people give me a break!:banghead:
 

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I just wanted to help :(

Next time you get stuck under that bar I'm leaving you for good :star-w:rs
 

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Bro that's cold. I just wanted my name up on the wall next to the lift but noooooo, " I gave you a couple fingers" kept me from that. I already did the same lift last week and actually bumped it up 20 pounds after the fact because I thought I got it, but whatever, I'm not bitter. Just wait till next week and get a different spotter.
 

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Bro that's cold. I just wanted my name up on the wall next to the lift but noooooo, " I gave you a couple fingers" kept me from that. I already did the same lift last week and actually bumped it up 20 pounds after the fact because I thought I got it, but whatever, I'm not bitter. Just wait till next week and get a different spotter.
I know what you mean. Just warn him that the next time he does it you either
1. kick him in the nuts
2. kick him in the nuts
 

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One of the down sides of not having a training partner...

I had one guy who in the middle of my set of 8 asked if he could go finish his set.... WTF
 

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Thats why I tell my partner only help if the bar stops moving lol
 

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Unless the bar has crashed down and knocked out my teeth don't touch it. Even then only touch it if I am bleeding into my eyes.
 

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Whenever I bench heavy I like to use a spotter, duh, but only if I know the person can handle the task at hand. For example, I say "I want a lift off, follow me down and just be ready. Don't touch the bar unless I say "up" ". I f'ing hate it when the spotter decides on his own that he better "put a couple fingers on it". This goes for any lift not just bench. Come on people give me a break!:banghead:
FINE, IF THAT'S THE WAY YOU'RE GONNA BE.........................I GOT YOUR COUPLE A FINGERS RIGHT HERE.......:action-:m
NEXT TIME.......DO IT YOURSELF!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
 

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the other day i had someone spot me, i ask for a lift off, the guy is like ok...1..2...3.......im like wtf why are you the one counting
 

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I hate when "gym buddies" don't listen.. I say six reps.. They say come on man you got two more.. "I said six u a-hole.. Don't need two more" lol ...but I've been known to ruin a few benches as spotter.. My lil bro gets pissed everytime my sweat drips in his eye.. I can't help but laugh.. Luckly he's smaller than me.. Hehe
 

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the other day i had someone spot me, i ask for a lift off, the guy is like ok...1..2...3.......im like wtf why are you the one counting
Seems like no one is happy with my spotting today :(

I was helping you out so it makes sense that we go when I'm ready! :mad:
 

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Seems like no one is happy with my spotting today :(

I was helping you out so it makes sense that we go when I'm ready! :mad:
HAHAHAHAHA, you tell em bro. If you are going to do heavy shrugs you set the pace!!
 

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i used a spotter once. He farted after my first rep.. i rather die than ever smell that again
 

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I actually hate it when you have a good rythm going, strong sets, mind is focused, and WHAAAAAAM! TIME TO HIT THE CRAPPER! [email protected] everything up. :D
 

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I actually hate it when you have a good rythm going, strong sets, mind is focused, and WHAAAAAAM! TIME TO HIT THE CRAPPER! [email protected] everything up. :D
Damn... I thought I was the only person with that problem...

Or bust a fart during abs....:eek:

And yes there is nothing worse than a spotter who touches the bar without cause...

"I SAID DON'T TOUCH IT UNLESS I SAY TOO!...WTF!!!":banghead:
 

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I have not spotted a guy in years. When asked, I
always politely ask them "what's a spot?" or say "I'll
take a rain check" or "Sorry, I'm in a real hurry right
now". Why you ask? Because most people do not
like the way I spot. I've had too many people ask me
for a spot and then not need one becasue of my style.
I'm not a "hold-your-hand spotter", I only assist at the
very last minute, and only if it means saving your life.

These is a time and place for spotters, but mostly they
are just not need in my opinion, frequently overused,
over assisted to the point of being meaningless.

A spot should be like a tourniquet . . . you don't need
one very often, but when you do, you need one very
badly and very quickly, and nothing else will do.

I know this sounds like I'm a real A-hole, but I'm not
actually, I just have zero tolerance for people that
just want to show off. (Anybody that I deem serious,
I'd be there in a heart beat, but they seem to be few
and far between now a days . . .)

Some time ago, I saw the biggest, strongest guy at my
gym ask the smallest, skinniest guy in the gym for a
spot on a maximum lift. I just left the area, could not bare
to watch.

And about a month or two ago, a guy was bench pressing,
alone, with way way more than he could handle. He
kept stacking on the plates, and I could see a problem
in the making, that was obvious as I'm always on the
look-out for potential problems, especially ones that
may effect me.

So I'm halfway keeping track of this guy out of the corner
of my bad eye, when out of the blue I hear a muffled
HELP!. I look around. Nobody else in the area but me and
Mr. Showoff. And he is buried, literally, up to his neck in
cold steel. His head is off the bench, eyes as big as dinner
plates, with this desperate look on his face. So I make
eye contact with him, acknowledge him and the situation,
quickly evaluate the risk and decide . . . I'm going to let
this guy enjoy his predicament for a few minutes longer.
(He's not going to die, is in no real danger, in no real pain,
just scared and in over his head . . . pardon the pun.)

When he realizes I am his rescuer, and tracking with
laser like accuracy, I slowly saunter his way, being sure
to take my time, to pick my nose, to scratch my ass, wipe
my brow on the way over, really take my time. By then,
this poor guy is sweating bullets big time. When I get
myself into position to help him, I exert the absolute
minimum amount of force to help him complete whatever rep
he was attempting (probably 1). Then I walk away, did not
say a word. Don't think he even thanked me. Since then he
has made himself scarce, just saw for the first time a couple
of days ago.
thats just classic ...!!!...Great story...!!!...
 

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Mr. Fresco: You have a very entertaining way with words!
 

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Ive trained with many partners over the years but the absolute best spotter has been my wife. She never touched the bar early! EVER. Man I wish I could coax her back to the gym.
 

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I have not spotted a guy in years. When asked, I
always politely ask them "what's a spot?" or say "I'll
take a rain check" or "Sorry, I'm in a real hurry right
now". Why you ask? Because most people do not
like the way I spot. I've had too many people ask me
for a spot and then not need one because of my style.
I'm not a "hold-your-hand spotter", I only assist at the
very last minute, and only if it means saving your life.

These is a time and place for spotters, but mostly they
are just not needed in my opinion, frequently overused,
over assisted to the point of being meaningless.

A spot should be like a tourniquet . . . you don't need
one very often, but when you do, you need one very
badly and very quickly, and nothing else will do.

I know this sounds like I'm a real A-hole, but I'm not
actually, I just have zero tolerance for people that
just want to show off. (Anybody that I deem serious,
I'd be there in a heart beat, but they seem to be few
and far between now a days . . .)

Some time ago, I saw the biggest, strongest guy at my
gym ask the smallest, skinniest guy in the gym for a
spot on a maximum lift. I just left the area, could not bare
to watch.

And about a month or two ago, a guy was bench pressing,
alone, with way way more than he could handle. He
kept stacking on the plates, and I could see a problem
in the making, that was obvious as I'm always on the
look-out for potential problems, especially ones that
may effect me.

So I'm halfway keeping track of this guy out of the corner
of my bad eye, when out of the blue I hear a muffled
HELP!. I look around. Nobody else in the area but me and
Mr. Showoff. And he is buried, literally, up to his neck in
cold steel. His head is off the bench, eyes as big as dinner
plates, with this desperate look on his face. So I make
eye contact with him, acknowledge him and the situation,
quickly evaluate the risk and decide . . . I'm going to let
this guy enjoy his predicament for a few minutes longer.
(He's not going to die, is in no real danger, in no real pain,
just scared and in over his head . . . pardon the pun.)

When he realizes I am his rescuer, and tracking with
laser like accuracy, I slowly saunter his way, being sure
to take my time, to pick my nose, to scratch my ass, wipe
my brow on the way over, really take my time. By then,
this poor guy is sweating bullets big time. When I get
myself into position to help him, I exert the absolute
minimum amount of force to help him complete whatever rep
he was attempting (probably 1). Then I walk away, did not
say a word. Don't think he even thanked me. Since then he
has made himself scarce, just saw for the first time a couple
of days ago.
I had a rough day in the office today and this story gave me a much needed smile. Great story Alfresco!
 

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