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    Spotting

    Hi all. Today was my chest day and while benching, someone came to spot me for my 3 sets. I liked it so much!! I mean I felt like each last 2 reps was the most hard but protitable reps and I would not have been able to do them without a spot.

    My question is... do you think that a spot (a buddy watching you behind you lifting, to help in case of failure) is ESSENTIAL in benchpress ?

    IMO YESS to have the most gain possible!

    As for other muscle and exercises, I don't think that a spot is really needed...
    the Bench Press thought is an exercises that we, IMO absolutely need a spot to get great gains.


    what you think ?

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    I think for all presses (shoulders, chest, db or bb) a spot is good excpet for warm up, b/c like you said it will help you get those extra gains, I always like a few spotter forced reps at the end of an exercise, also with squats as a safety issue if you are going heavy.

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    depends on type of training. For strength you should not need a spot, but for hypertrophy you might.

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    what is hypertrophy

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    i'd say yes for strength too

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    Quote Originally Posted by SayHelotomylilFriend
    what is hypertrophy
    Muscle growth.

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    i like to have a spot for squats, leg press, bench, shoulders, basically everything when i go real heavy....its good stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueAndromeda73
    I think for all presses (shoulders, chest, db or bb) a spot is good excpet for warm up, b/c like you said it will help you get those extra gains, I always like a few spotter forced reps at the end of an exercise, also with squats as a safety issue if you are going heavy.
    my thoughts exactly!

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    if you're going for growth and have no spotter go for drop sets,..works great for me

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    IMO you NEED a spot for almost every exercise, my body has grown accustomed to forcing 2 reps past failure, so without a spot, I feel like my routine is catabolic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ya_man
    i like to have a spot for squats, leg press, bench, shoulders, basically everything when i go real heavy....its good stuff

    Not trying to sound like a dick.. However why would you need a spot for leg press? Yes I see people do it, but why not put your hands or you knees and push? Before you say I go real heavy it doesnt matter you have more direct force than some guy trying to push on a pin.

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    for a second there, I thought the title was in reference to your period... glad that's cleared up now...

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    Having a spot is great for most really heavy lifts, but is not essential if you don't have someone to help you. Remember that there are a lot of other high intensity training techniques besides forced reps.

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