New-found Gratitude for Stranger's Spot at the Gym....

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    Apr 17, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    Yesterday, after reading a great article on maxing out on the benchpress BEFORE starting your normal sets, I decided to try it out at the end of my chest workout. I tried maxing out at 205, and it was to no avail. After lift-off, I couldn't even get the fucker off my chest! I was laying down, barbell collapsed on top of me, and I'm thinkin, ok..... Do I.... Do I move it to one side? LOL. There were only a couple of guys working out around me, and one ran behind the barbell and helped me lift it up. It's nice that eventhough we all zone out sometimes while workin out, we can still spot when another needs some help. Small things like that are awesome to witness. Thanks bud!

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    Apr 17, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    haha I'm always worried this is gonna happen to me. plus it would suck even more with my music blaring in my ears I would probably just end up yelling or grunting for help
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    Apr 17, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    Most guys at the gym see spotting as a matter of safety. If I'm working out by myself and want to attempt something heavier than I'd normally try alone, I'll ask for help. No one has ever refused a request for assistance.

    You shouldn't hesitate to ask someone to spot you. It beats finding yourself in an embarrassing situation, or worse--getting injured!
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    Apr 17, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    I'm one of those guys thats always looking when a guy doesn't have a spot just in case. We all get in over our head sometimes lol. I wont go heavy without my friend spotting
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    Apr 17, 2012 8:18 AM GMT
    I did that for a guy once. I happened to be a couple of stations away from where he was bench pressing. I noticed he started to struggle a bit, then got stuck 1/4 the way up. I just walked over and helped him out. He looked like he was in shock because he got stuck so he didn't say thank you. No biggie, as I was just looking to help, not looking for gratitude. But he came and found me later and thanked me. He was really cute, too....but straight. We talk alot now. so I made a friend from it.

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    Apr 17, 2012 1:54 PM GMT
    My gym is full of really friendly and helpful men who think of bodybuilding/lifting as a "brotherhood" of sorts. Incidentally, it's the serious lifters who always turn out to be quite friendly (except for those on 'roids--their head is usually somewhere else).
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    Apr 17, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    This happened to me once and no one noticed or heard because of their damned ipods. Fortunately there were no collars so I was able to tip it and roll the bar off of me. That got their attention.
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    Apr 17, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    y'know i've never asked for help at the gym... when i'm alone i go mid way rarely heavy on push exercises. if i do tire i usually just roll it down to my hips and sit up roll it off to the floor and unload it like a dead lift bar... lol

    Madbanana9 says i'm chicken...lol
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    Apr 17, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidThis happened to me once and no one noticed or heard because of their damned ipods. Fortunately there were no collars so I was able to tip it and roll the bar off of me. That got their attention.


    well, I don't know if it's because I have long arms or what not...but I know if I ever found myself stuck on a bench press, even with collars, I could just roll it over off my chest until one end of the pole hit the floor, and by then most of the weight has already hit a force of gravity.
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    Apr 17, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    While resting between sets, I sometimes hover around guys working out alone, if I see them pushing a lot of weight, just in case. You never know...