Spotting?

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    Aug 02, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    So this is somewhat embarassing but here goes anyway. I've been back to the gym after a while off and really started off again at almost zero - i.e. bench-pressing just the bar...

    Finally made my way up to 15 pounds a couple days ago. I was able to complete my 3 sets of 10 - however, today for some reason at number 8 in my third set I just could go no more and for the life of me was not able to put the bar back into place.

    So I thought about screaming for help... but instead of drawing all of that attention I brought the bar to my hips and sat up with it.

    Has this ever happened to anyone? I know 15 pounds is rather sad but hey... hopefully I'll laugh about it one day. I should not be asking for a 'spotter' for that much but at the same time I want to push my limits. O the dilemmas!
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    Aug 03, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    Its ok to ask for help, no matter how much weight u are using, we all started some where..... But good luck, its always good to be safe than sorry, so what if someone laughs or looks at you funny for lifting that much,..... In due time u will be stronger.... So by all means ask for help.....icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 03, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    sirgeorge saidSo this is somewhat embarassing but here goes anyway. I've been back to the gym after a while off and really started off again at almost zero - i.e. bench-pressing just the bar...

    Finally made my way up to 15 pounds a couple days ago. I was able to complete my 3 sets of 10 - however, today for some reason at number 8 in my third set I just could go no more and for the life of me was not able to put the bar back into place.

    So I thought about screaming for help... but instead of drawing all of that attention I brought the bar to my hips and sat up with it.

    Has this ever happened to anyone? I know 15 pounds is rather sad but hey... hopefully I'll laugh about it one day. I should not be asking for a 'spotter' for that much but at the same time I want to push my limits. O the dilemmas!


    Don't forget, the regulation Olympic bar is 45 pounds all by itself... so you are actually doing 60 pounds, which is quite good!

    CONGRATS!

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    Aug 03, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    I think most guys are pretty helpful about those things, besides they might need the help one day too. I don't think they'll make fun of you because they were probably there too at some point in their lives as beginners. When I first strated, I couldn't even lift the un-loaded bar either, hahaha. Now I'm at triple digits! Build up slowly.
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    Aug 03, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    Dude..... we all have a starting point...15 or 250 pounds...if you need help ask.....Sometimes embarrassment can hinder us from continuing our fitness goals....don't let that happen to you brah...seriously.....BUD
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    Aug 03, 2010 9:13 AM GMT
    Sometimes spotters do more harm than good:

    Horrible Weight Lifting Spotter
    Horrible Weight Lifting Spotter
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    Aug 03, 2010 9:23 AM GMT
    sirgeorge saidSo this is somewhat embarassing but here goes anyway. I've been back to the gym after a while off and really started off again at almost zero - i.e. bench-pressing just the bar...

    Finally made my way up to 15 pounds a couple days ago. I was able to complete my 3 sets of 10 - however, today for some reason at number 8 in my third set I just could go no more and for the life of me was not able to put the bar back into place.

    So I thought about screaming for help... but instead of drawing all of that attention I brought the bar to my hips and sat up with it.

    Has this ever happened to anyone? I know 15 pounds is rather sad but hey... hopefully I'll laugh about it one day. I should not be asking for a 'spotter' for that much but at the same time I want to push my limits. O the dilemmas!


    I had a conversation with my friend the other day, and she was saying she would never go to a gym as she would would be out of breath and have a big red face or she would be lifting really small weights etc etc.

    I told her that in my experience of gyms is that most of the guys, be they massive bodybuilders, or just regular gym folk, is that generally once you are there, and trying, that they will be more than happy to give you any help you need.

    People generally respect others for at least making the offort and being there in the first place.

    Good Luck!
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    Aug 03, 2010 9:23 AM GMT
    I used to train alone in empty musculation room, did that many years.
    It made stuff like maximum weight test quite interesting ;-)

    So, the trick, when you are not able to put the bar back into place is :

    1 : let the bar gently go down to your chest
    2 : make it roll over your belly, chest, up to your hip.
    3 : your are done, because with the bar at hip level, you can sit, then push the bar from your laps to the bench.
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    Aug 03, 2010 11:37 AM GMT
    Thanks a lot guys icon_smile.gif