So we’re into week 3 of the new strength program. The deadlifts and presses don’t require spotting, but benching and squats do. While we try to go over it in each class, I want everyone to be aware of how important spotting is, especially that last set.
Key notes on spotting:
-Keep eyes on the athlete. Notice when fatigue is setting in. You can usually tell when the set is about to end.
-Watch the bar. Any downward motion means the lift is over. Do not take it if the bar simply slows down or stalls slightly.
-Keep your hands close to the bar (not touching it). Your hands should move ‘with’ the bar and be ready to take the weight.
-Really – just pay attention. Your main job is to make sure the lifter is safe. Becoming pinned under a barbell is on no one’s to-do list.
-A note for athletes – a failed lift doesn’t mean your job is done. You still need to help your spotters rack the bar.
75 Double Unders
50 Air Squats
15 Power Cleans (135/95#/60%)