I'm still here. And still new. Anyway, I've been starting to make friends with some nice gentlemen? at my gym. They were or are all "pro" title-holding lifters at some point in their careers, and they've been helping me with my form.
While they all each have different theories about how to lift weights, they all have one thing in common: the gratuitous?? ass cupping/approximating/brushing/accidental handling of my rear. It occurs, without fail, 1/each rep set at the point where I approach a 90 degree angle in my squats.
As a dancer/equestrian/yoga person, I know touching happens, can be informative; but also I know the boundaries in each discipline.
Before I ask these guys, I need your opinion. Is the gentle hand lift just an informative signal to me that I've gone too far below the parallel? Are they just sincerely misjudging my speed going down? Does this happen even if you're a guy? Lastly, if it is gratuitous, do I say something, or should this be filed under the tacit moral code of "free help" at the gym?