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    Attempt ruined...

    I was going for a one rep max (exercise not important... ok, it was flat BB bench), and I realized I would need someone to spot me for this lift. No one was in the gym except for a middle aged man who was busy at the moment, partaking in some barbell curls. I hoped he wasn't going to tear an erector with the extreme amount of arch in his back as he screamed and "curled" the rather large 65 LB barbell up.

    After the man was done, I politely asked him for a spot. He agreed to this. I mentioned before the lift that I would try to get it myself. I also explained how I would need a "lift off."

    In place with, lats squeezed, shoulder blades touching, etc, I tried to get ready for a proper lift according to some articles posted on IM. Anyhow, I gripped the bar, the man helped me with the lift off, I controlled the weight for a quick second then lowered it. As I began to press it up, the man quickly gripped it and jerked it up with all his might. Needless to say I was very displeased. I told the man that he was supposed to spot me if I could not finish the motion. He told me there was no way I could possibly get that much weight up anyways, then went back to stack some "serious" plates on for his barbell curls...
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    hahahhaha


    what a douche bag, i hate being underestimated, it comes w/ the age
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    Quote Originally Posted by goandykid
    hahahhaha


    what a douche bag, i hate being underestimated, it comes w/ the age

    I would not normally be underestimated if sterotyped for my size. This guy, however, must have thought I was going for a world record, even though it was less than half of that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDyl
    I would not normally be underestimated if sterotyped for my size. This guy, however, must have thought I was going for a world record, even though it was less than half of that...
    whatd u do afterwards? I take it you couldnt attempt ur 1rm, or did you have him do it again
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    I hate when people do that... You politely ask, "can i get a small spot on the last rep?" and they're all, "CMON THATS IT PUSH IT WAY TO GO THERE" and they're lifting more of the weight than you are when you aren't even anywhere near needing a spot...

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    That's annoying as hell. Very few people know how to spot correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocco32
    That's annoying as hell. Very few people know how to spot correctly.
    Definitely have to agree with this. This is the reason why I train at home and also why I spent $40 on a pair of sawhorses so I wouldn't need a spotter. Training alone has always worked best for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squaggleboggin
    Definitely have to agree with this. This is the reason why I train at home and also why I spent $40 on a pair of sawhorses so I wouldn't need a spotter. Training alone has always worked best for me.
    I've come to the point I'd almost rather get the weight trapped on my chest and roll it off if I can't get it than grab a spotter. They make me so mad sometimes but of course I can't show it or take it out on them because they really think they are helping.
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    I had a guy muscle a spot for me, like he was showing off how much he could jerk from that position. Pissed me off and I never, ever asked him for a spot again. I didn't ask for a spot so you could show how fast you can pull up the bar.

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    thats why i emphasize the fact that i don't want the guy even touching the bar unless it comes back down to my chest, otherwise you get dickwads like that. i don't even ask for a lift off, i just tell them they are there so i don't die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yanick
    thats why i emphasize the fact that i don't want the guy even touching the bar unless it comes back down to my chest, otherwise you get dickwads like that. i don't even ask for a lift off, i just tell them they are there so i don't die.
    Yeah, that is the best way to put it. I asked a guy for a spot last week for bb bench press (the only time I need one), and I told him I wanted to try and get the weight up 4 times MYSELF. I got 3 up pretty good, and felt confident I could do 4. As I go and do the 4th, he immediately puts his hands on the bar as soon as I go to lift it, and helps me up. In fact he helped me so much it felt as though I was pushing 60lbs less. I was so pissed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yanick
    thats why i emphasize the fact that i don't want the guy even touching the bar unless it comes back down to my chest, otherwise you get dickwads like that. i don't even ask for a lift off, i just tell them they are there so i don't die.

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    that sucks but you should have known after seeing him train. most people don't know hot to spot properly and especially when going for a 1RM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yanick
    thats why i emphasize the fact that i don't want the guy even touching the bar unless it comes back down to my chest, otherwise you get dickwads like that. i don't even ask for a lift off, i just tell them they are there so i don't die.
    Last time I tried that with a spotter, he walked away after the lift-off and I got stuck. When I finally got someone else to get the weight off I went and found him. He said he didn't think I still needed him since I didn't want him touching the weight
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain...

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    It never matters how much you explain to some people how to spot you.....they never seem able to follow directions...

    I always say, " don't do anything unless I'm about to die or I scream for help" this usually keeps them from interfering.
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