Alright well here's the breakdown, NONE of my friends lift weights. Not one of my friends wants to start lifting, they all either play soccer and don't think its something they need to do, or they are lazy worms who are just fine with being pale and skinny all their lives. I on the other hand, have every intention of being the guy in the room who's so dense and huge that nobody would dare think of messing with him. Not to mention the fact that weight lifting is actually enjoyable to me now. So here is my question. . .
Do you guys think it is possible to get the same workout without a spotter, or a lifting partner, as it would be if you had a spotter? I don't think it is possible and this bothers me. Ok peace
Most people don't work out with a friend. It's nice to have a lifting partner, but it can be tough to find someone to lift with you, on your schedule, on your level, etc.
The truth is you don't really need a spotter 90% of the time. You can bench press just fine without one, just make sure to stop yourself a rep or two short of failure. Or, you could just ask someone at your gym to spot you, I've never seen anyone refuse a spot before. However, make sure you tell the person what you want them to do, sometimes they can make the set worse than it wouldve been without a spotter!
As for other exercises, why would you need a spotter? Unless you're doing negatives or something, but they are by no means mandatory.
I have never really had a spotter before and I've done just fine. As squanto said, stop short of failure. It's an unnecessary training procedure and there are many other ways to get similar results if endurance or hypertrophy is what you're going for. You can also use objects other than DBs and BBs to do your workouts. See my journal (link in signature) for the types of fun you can have with sandbags.
Push yourself. Enjoy yourself. Be yourself.
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Not at all...
If you had a great workout partner that you had been working out with for years ...then you would know what I mean.
I have been working out with one of my best friends for over 3 years, and we know exactly how the other needs/wants to be spotted.
I really couldn't have a good workout without him there.
Good posts from both sides. I would say for me personally, yes. I don't need anyone screaming "it's all you man, you got this".
For somebody who has trouble pushing themselves to lift with a high level of intensity, no.
I have found that having a spotter when I'm benching over 400 lbs helps my training.......better to have him pull the weight up and rack it, then for me to be crushed under it .....I find this really helps on those days when I seem to be somewhat weak or when I get a cramp or just tire faster than normal.
Avoiding death or serious injury has improved my training quite a bit.