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Old 06-01-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

I'm doing SS and I've hit a point in my bench where going higher is VERY difficult. I started at 95#, now at 140# I'm at the point where on the 5th rep I barely had enough to finish the 3rd set. At 145# I think will need a spotter. I work out at a globo gym. Should I just ask a gym rat in the process of getting a drink for a spot? Or is there some 'special' way to do it?

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Old 06-01-2009, 09:17 PM   #2
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Re: Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

Just ask for a spot. There is not special magic to it.
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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Re: Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

"Hi, would you mind spotting me when you get a chance?"
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:49 AM   #4
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Re: Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

"Can I get a spot?"
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:26 AM   #5
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Re: Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

Yeah... but make sure the spotter knows what YOU mean by "spot"!!! Meatheads at globo love doing the two-man bench together.

Make sure you tell him to help you (1) set up and (2) bail but ONLY if you can't finish a final rep. Nothing else.
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:27 AM   #6
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Re: Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

Once you start getting heavy, it also helps for a liftoff to get the bar into position. This prevents any wasted energy from getting the bar off the pins and into the starting position.
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:58 AM   #7
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Re: Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

Or you could try to bench way to much and when you get it down start screaming "Help!" because you can't lift it off of you. I've seen this protocol used to ask for a spot before at my gym.
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:02 AM   #8
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Re: Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

Make eye contact with someone that knows what they're doing but isn't a complete toolbox.

"Hey man, can I get a spot when you have a sec?"

"K, if you don't mind, I'd like a gentle lift-off, and if I say something, just yank the bar and rack it, no assisted reps."

Grunt when/if bar starts descending when it's not supposed to.

Surprisingly, most guys are pretty cool with this. Don't get me wrong, I still hate asking for a spot, but it's generally not that hard. Just be sure to specify that you aren't looking for assisted reps.

Likewise, any time someone asks me for a spot, I ask if they want a liftoff and tell them upfront that I won't do assisted or forced reps.
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:10 AM   #9
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Re: Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

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Or you could try to bench way to much and when you get it down start screaming "Help!" because you can't lift it off of you. I've seen this protocol used to ask for a spot before at my gym.
i've almost done this...i didn't scream "help"...but there was an "oh f***!" when i failed...then there was a really awkward few minutes of trying to get it to my thighs...

not something i'd like to repeat any time soon
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:35 AM   #10
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Re: Gym etiquette: How to ask for a spotter?

"Yo bro I see you've been workin' the bis and by the way man what stack do you take? Hey bro after you finish your tri kickback set bro you think you can give me a hand and spot me on the steel over here so I can get good burn on the tris. Thanks bro."
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