The description for spoting a squat was good. It’s hard to describe, get a buddy and practice it with some lighter weights, it’s a good skill to have. To be honest, I don’t trust anyone to spot me while I’m squating unless I know them. I made that mistake once, got lucky, and will never do it again.
I was doing a max triple. I knew I’d get the first two, the third was questionable. As I’m grinding out the first rep, I felt his hands on my elbow’s. Like WTF?? I just finished the rep, dumped the bar, told him I didn’t need him, and then nailed the triple without him. I usually don’t have a spot for front squats. I don’t agree with missing lifts very often, so normally I never have an issue, but with front squats, it’s so easy to just dump the weight forward into the rack anway, it’s not worth the hassle.
And when spotting a bench, none of this fingers on the bar shit. That drives me insane. First of all, I need a spot because it’s heavy, so the weight obviously means something to me. I guarentee you you wont be able to lift it with your fingers, so why bother? Have your hands close to the bar, and when and if I begin to miss a rep, use an over under grip, lock your hands to the bar, and haul it up off of me. That way I’m very aware of what reps count and what don’t, and I know if something does happen, like a pec tear, the bar isn’t going to come crashing through your fingers and land on my neck.