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Spotter Saved My Dumbass


#1

Max bench night, and had worked up to heavy singles raw. I have recently purchased my first shirt and had only done board presses in it twice. I asked the guys if I could put it on and try to touch in it, loaded the bar with a conservative 365 and then dumped it on my head. If not for my spotter, I probably would have a pretty good headache this morning.

Going from raw to shirted, and being a newb I failed to keep the bar in the groove. The good news is I still have my head, and after convincing the guys it wasn't a strength problem but a technique problem I touched and lockedout the 365.

Spotter is my new best friend.


#2

Be careful with the shirt man. This is not an uncommon occurrence. My first time lifting off for someone in a shirt they did the same thing with 405. I caught it and managed to rack it but it scared the shit out of me. This is why it's nice (even necessary) to have side spotters, especially for near-max attempts.


#3

Dumping the weight on my face has only made me more beautiful.


#4

Chicks dig Olympic bar indentations on your forehead.


#5

Spotters are priceless


#6

GOOD spotters are priceless.

I've been left hanging on a few occasions by my "spotters". I always bench in the rack now.


#7

Thanks for the save. Thankfully, I've never had a bad spotter.


#8

That's why good knurling is so important!