How To Spot Someone On
The Bench Press
A good spotter will keep you safe and enable you to squeeze out an extra rep or two. A bad spotter will hover over you like a jerk while you struggle.
By Michael Irons
#2. USE BOTH HANDS
Trying to spot someone with one hand doesn’t make you look strong like bull; it makes you look simple like moron. It’s also dangerous. “Spotting with one hand is definitely a no-no,” Dr. Sharp says. “The spotter should provide a stable base of support to the athlete at all times, and a single hand can act more like a fulcrum for the bar to rotate on (like a teeter totter) rather than a stable base.”
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#3. USE AN ALTERNATE GRIP ON THE BAR
Keep your hands inside of the hands of the person bench pressing if they’re doing a standard bench press (grasping the bar at or about shoulder width). Use an alternate grip on the bar and provide assistance only when the upward motion of the bar stops.