Utsav Agrawal

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Exercise Science

=================================== When you go Scuba diving or Sky diving, you always have a buddy so that in case of an emergency he can save you. Same is with weight training. We usually overestimate our lifting ability, even the most experienced one do that. Suppose you are doing barbell curls and after 7 reps you get caught short. What worst can happen? you will drop weights on the floor. But suppose you are doing bench press with 125 KGs and this happen. Things can turn up dangerous, right? Here comes the role of your SPOTTER, who helps you complete your rep or save you from dangerous situation. A spotter can be anyone, your trainer, gym buddy, someone with whom you just wave or handshake in gym. WHY YOU NEED A SPOTTER? Safety: If you’ve upped your load and can’t complete your last reps the spotter can relieve you from the weight. Motivation: Having someone to train with means you can cheer each other on and challenge yourselves to beat one another. Confidence: A spotter can give you the confidence and be the safety net you need to try a new exercise, increase the weight or do a few extra reps. Improvement: A spotter can tell you if you are doing an exercise incorrectly or if you’re losing your form while lifting. This is a great way to perfect your technique and avoid possible injuries. Increase workload: Having a spotter gives the lifter a placebo effect – by the spotter simply touching the underneath of a weight, even if only with one finger, it tricks the trainer into thinking they have some assistance and makes the lift feel lighter and easier, if only mentally. This allows them to complete increased reps and weights that they normally wouldn’t have been able to do if training alone. Tips to good spotting > Take a wide stance with one foot forward and one foot back. Have your hands ready in a position relevant to the exercise. Stability, balance and alertness are key. > Check for proper form. If they’re doing it incorrectly or losing their posture and technique, you tell them to stop and reduce weight. > Focus all your attention on the lifter. Never get distracted by someone trying to talk to you. >Communication is key. Discuss your goals, strategy, targeted reps, if you want them to encourage you etc. Never spot anyone on the following exercises as it can be dangerous to both you and the lifter: Deadlifts Crunches Power cleans Hyper extensions High pulls Push press

Yogeeta Arora

Much needed article. This is what I have been following in the gym. There should be share option for the articles posted in fittr so that they can be shared on external platforms(like WhatsApp) via some url.

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