Hey guys, my first post here, and it has to do with the BP.
I am 17, and lift with my dad, but he tends to be a somewhat aggressive spotter. What he does is, as soon as my bar speed starts to slow down on higher work sets, he starts applying pressure to the bar making me maintain the same speed.
Now my question is, is this detrimental to my over-all strength and progression? By the end of my workout on BP, his pressure can be quite substantial.
Any and all insight is appreciated, let me know if are interested in my height, weight, etc.[/quote]
Wait… is he helping you or pushing down on the bar, making it harder. You said putting pressure on the bar so I am confused?
Regardless of that a spotter should be there to bail your butt out of a jam OR help only if YOU want him to in doing forced reps. Forced reps are good every now and then but if the ol man is doing that every time he is doing you a disservice.
I’df say that if you wanted to over load the top end of your bench maybe consider getting a set of chains or even some of those cool “chain killers” over at efs. They at $40 and addd 25# to your bench. That would be perfect for you.
As far as the “aggressive dad” thing goes he’s prolly just stoked as shit in getting to train with his son. I know I get jazzed as shit when I lift with my boy but he’s 8 so I know he’s just messing around. I really look forward to when he’s older and wants to lift me me. but anyways, back to you… ha
I’m sure your Dad means well but odds are your dad may be as knowledgeable as some douche gym rat down at Planet Fitness or he may be Ed Coan himself…we don’t know. Knowing only what you have described, I’d lean heavily towards the first option. I would suggest the both of you watch the Elitefts channel on you tube. There are TONS of videos of how to lift the proper way. You can also watch how those guys spot each other. This way BOTH of you learn to lift correctly at the same time. Good luck to both you and your ol man.