Is A Weight Lifting Spotter Required For Substantial Muscle Gain?

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One of the most important bodybuilding concepts for maximum muscle building is failure, where a bodybuilder takes a certain weight lifting exercise to the point where no additional repetitions are possible, and this requires some form of spotting on certain exercises, especially those involving the chest and legs, so many opt to pair up with a weight training partner so that they can always have a safety mechanism to protect against injury.

Even bodybuilders who otherwise prefer performing bodybuilding workouts alone decide to seek out a partner specifically to allow failure on certain weight training exercises, and for those who cannot find a friend for such a purpose, they will inevitably join a gym and bother other busy weight lifters to spot them during various sets, which is not only frustrating to any bodybuilder who is attempting to complete a workout without distractions, but finding such a spotter is not always easy depending on the time of day and type of training facility.

Although there are some bodybuilders who can locate reliable weight training partners to accompany them for each workout, the chances are far greater that this will not be possible, leaving either the random spotter technique, asking others for a watchful eye, which as mentioned is quite rude and distracting to others, or requires using machines exclusively, which naturally prevents the need for any spotting whatsoever.

Workout exercises:

But what if a bodybuilder wishes to train with free weights on workout exercises such as the bench press, shoulder press, and triceps press, and wishes to perform these specific weight lifting exercises alone, without the benefit of a partner or spotter? This is easily possible through use of a power rack (also referred to as a spotting cage).

Where two beams allow positioning at various locations to protect a bodybuilder from becoming trapped underneath of a heavy weight during his or her workout session.

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Since the power rack has adjustable spotting bars, the unit is not only useful for upper body weight training exercises such as the bench press, but also for the squat and calf raise, lower body movements which many prefer performing with a free weight barbell as opposed to using machines.

Some opt for a squat rack instead of a spotting cage, and this is a serious mistake given that the spotting beams offered by a power rack are designed specifically to serve as a protective mechanism in case a bodybuilder happens to lose control of the weight during his or her set.

 While a squat rack does not allow this heightened level of protection. The best function of the power rack is that spotting is possible without the aid of a partner, as you can place the weight on a separate, smaller set of pegs for initial lift off, and the large, long spotting beams are positioned lower for complete protection during the weight lifting set.

Power racks:

Many gyms offer power racks, although some may only provide one, and bodybuilders who understand the value of this particular piece of workout equipment will quickly monopolize the device, which requires others to either try and “work in” (which is very inconvenient unless both bodybuilders are using the same amount of weight and performing identical workout exercises), or wait for the power rack to become available, which is wasted time (and others may then ask to “work in” as well).

So, if space permits, purchasing a power rack for the home is a far better alternative, as along with a workout bench, barbell, two dumbbell collars and free weight plates, amazing results are possible at home, alone, while reaching failure safely on all weight lifting exercises, without need of a spotter. These things will also helpful if you have back pain problems. By combining these equipments with Emily Lark’s program, you can easily cure sciatica permanently. If you want you can read a complete review of erase my back pain by Emily Lark Here.

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Trapped underneath a weight:

The other issue with attempting to find a weight lifting partner to spot during heavy bench pressing and other similar workout exercises is that, unless you train with an army of other very strong bodybuilders, it’s quite possible to become trapped underneath a weight even when a spotter is watching you train, as reaching failure, by its very definition, requires that you can no longer muster the energy to complete a repetition on your own power, and for a spotter to lift dead weight from a standing position is extremely difficult, to the point where he or she may be unable to help you avoid becoming stuck underneath a barbell as your energy reserves decline during a workout set.

With a power rack, this is never an issue, as you adjust the spotting beams to a position where the barbell cannot cause you to become trapped underneath, regardless of how heavy a weight you may be using for your bodybuilding workouts, so I strongly recommend, even if you train with a reliable and very strong partner, to always use a power rack for spotting during all pressing exercises so that you can ensure safety and maximum intensity without needlessly risking severe injury. If a guy was able to build a full-fledged gym out of a barn, then it wouldn’t be a problem for you to purchase the right equipment needed for your home gym. Guess what? This guy is now the Project Manager of gym software company Pushpress for some of their key software products. You can read the article here: welcoming Jacob Heppner to the Pushpress team.

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