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Author Topic: When you bench press, do you use a spotter?  (Read 5755 times)
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« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2008, 08:38:26 AM »

more and more I use the Cybex plate loaded machine.  No need for a spotter while pushing your limits...train your muscles not your ego.


all too often I see "team" benching..one guy benching while another guy is doing doing rows..


ahhh the infamous Cybex plate loaded bench press which every 150 pound guy can press 4 plates per side for reps on and look like a superhero. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2008, 08:56:34 AM »

Last rep - spotter is gold. Can make all the difference.
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« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2008, 09:03:14 AM »

To many pec tears with a bar no need for a spotter with dumbells.

Anyone remember J P Fux buckling under 6 plates a side i bet he was wishing he was in a power rack or had someone spotting him.
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« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2008, 09:04:30 AM »

To many pec tears with a bar no need for a spotter with dumbells.

Anyone remember J P Fux buckling under 6 plates a side i bet he was wishing he was in a power rack or had someone spotting him.
it was actually 7 plates per side.
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« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2008, 09:10:51 AM »

it was actually 7 plates per side.
Shit know wonder he needed two knee reconstructions.If i was him i would have sued Flex even though it would have been futile.Then they have Ernie Taylor doing tricep exstentions with fake plates.I use Flex as toilet paper.
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« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2008, 09:14:10 AM »

YES, definitely.  I can't lift the bar off and hold my arch without a spotter. 

It helps the confidence too, and allows you to go for the extra rep or heavier weight.

Bench press, incline press, shoulder press, and heavy squats are about the only exercises where I absolutely need a spotter.

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« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2008, 09:15:01 AM »

Shit know wonder he needed two knee reconstructions.If i was him i would have sued Flex even though it would have been futile.Then they have Ernie Taylor doing tricep exstentions with fake plates.I use Flex as toilet paper.
no need to sue, he's an adult and he makes his own decisions, if he didn't want to do it he should've said so like a man.
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« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2008, 09:18:34 AM »

No I don't use a spotter but then again I haven't been doing much benching since I hurt myself in Sept.
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« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2008, 09:31:10 AM »

how many of you regularly have a spotter when you bench press?

Who swears by spotters?

Who think they're unnecessary on chest day?


Only on heavier lifts. Last set usually. Not necessary otherwise.
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« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2008, 11:49:43 AM »

I never use a spotter

if you need a spotter, it means it is too heavy for you
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« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2008, 12:02:43 PM »

Def not true. Even at 20 or 30 reps I like a spotter so I can go to true failure. Grin
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« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2008, 12:16:44 PM »

I use to use a spotter for three things:
1) Get a lift off the rack to start my reps.
2) Get a lift on my last rep.
3) Negatives
Lately I've been using the Cybex or Smith Machine to increase my max bench.
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« Reply #37 on: February 25, 2008, 12:51:46 PM »

I dont use a spotter when doing bench press I just use dumb bells instead.
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« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2008, 01:09:43 PM »

When you bench press, do you use a spotter?

  Sometimes. Mostly when I am benching a weight I've never benched before and want to be safe. I never use weights that don't allow me to get at least 6 strict reps, though, so that's usually not a problem.
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« Reply #39 on: February 25, 2008, 01:11:09 PM »

how many of you regularly have a spotter when you bench press?

Who swears by spotters?

Who think they're unnecessary on chest day?



This is getbig, why the hell would anyone on here need a spotter with a 500lb bench Cheesy
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« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2008, 01:14:07 PM »

i dont think its necessary to get a good workout, you can always do dropsets and supersets or dumbells, but that being said I aways get a spotter for benchs i usually just ask someone in the gym to spot me. I love going heavy or whats heavy for me anyway and I love getting a few negatives in if i dont hit my goal(but this requires a decent spotter which i dont always have) Angry
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« Reply #41 on: February 25, 2008, 01:50:26 PM »

Threads like this "do u use a spotter blah blah" have made me leave many forums. Who cares, we are grown men here  Grin Let's talk serious stuff!

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« Reply #42 on: February 25, 2008, 01:57:43 PM »

Threads like this "do u use a spotter blah blah" have made me leave many forums. Who cares, we are grown men here  Grin Let's talk serious stuff!

Good point.

How many people here have ever killed a man?
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« Reply #43 on: February 25, 2008, 01:58:51 PM »

Good point.

How many people here have ever killed a man?
this guy threatened to kill a few people on here, does that count? Shocked Grin


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« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2008, 02:01:02 PM »

I think spotters are for 1 RM and maybe forced reps on your last set.  You should be able to gauge how many reps you can do.  I have also seen very few pros ever go to failure on any exercise.  They always seem to stop one or two short of failure. 
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« Reply #45 on: February 25, 2008, 04:01:44 PM »

I have killed 10. Work in a prison in Texas!
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« Reply #46 on: February 25, 2008, 09:00:44 PM »

I have killed 10. Work in a prison in Texas!

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« Reply #47 on: February 26, 2008, 11:19:08 AM »

if you don't need a spotter, you're not lifting heavy enough.

i don't feel comfortable trying to get 315+ over my face without having someone handy to make sure i don't bust my teeth. not to mention if something goes wrong during a set it's a good idea to have someone handy.
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« Reply #48 on: February 26, 2008, 12:51:43 PM »

i dont think its necessary to get a good workout, you can always do dropsets and supersets or dumbells, but that being said I aways get a spotter for benchs i usually just ask someone in the gym to spot me. I love going heavy or whats heavy for me anyway and I love getting a few negatives in if i dont hit my goal(but this requires a decent spotter which i dont always have) Angry

nothing personal but i hate people like you...i hate when people ask for spotters most of the people that have approached me before say "Hey can you do me a favor bro" and i say no im busy and pick up something and do something or just turn the volume on the ipod up so i cant hear them and then they walk away...i hate spotting people...i have used spotters before but that was when i lifted with my buddy since that has stopped i just dont use them even on my last max which was like a week and a half ago i didnt have a spotter at all...to each his own..?
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« Reply #49 on: February 26, 2008, 01:09:13 PM »

nothing personal but i hate people like you...i hate when people ask for spotters most of the people that have approached me before say "Hey can you do me a favor bro" and i say no im busy and pick up something and do something or just turn the volume on the ipod up so i cant hear them and then they walk away...i hate spotting people...i have used spotters before but that was when i lifted with my buddy since that has stopped i just dont use them even on my last max which was like a week and a half ago i didnt have a spotter at all...to each his own..?

you're one of those people that give gyms a bad name. i usually ask for a spot, and i damn sure give anyone a spot if they ask me. are you so self-absorbed that you can't spend about 30 seconds giving someone a spot?
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