The bench press can kill you. It’s the one raise the place the barbell is immediately above your throat and the very important organs in your higher physique, and there’s just about no option to bail out when you fail the raise.
As a result of the bench press can probably kill you, you wish to take further precautions to make sure your security throughout the raise. A type of precautions is utilizing a spotter.
The issue with utilizing a spotter on the bench press is that just about everybody does it incorrect. Newbie and well-meaning spotters are so centered on ensuring the barbell doesn’t kill the lifter, that they get in the best way of the lifter performing the raise accurately. The standard gym-bro bench spotter will distractingly hover over the lifter’s head and place their palms near the bar in order that they’re prepared to help the second they see the lifter appear to wrestle. Worse, they’ll contact the bar whereas the lifter is struggling to push it upwards. That simply messes up the bar path, and in assuming a number of the effort of the train, deprives the lifter of the advantage of finishing what may have been a profitable, albeit grindy raise.
You’re recognizing properly on the bench press when you’re principally out of sight. It is best to solely contact the barbell to help the lifter when you see the barbell taking place (when it needs to be going up) or if the lifter asks for assist.
Even when utilizing a spotter, I’d advocate taking a number of the identical precautions that you’d when safely bench urgent with no spotter. Particularly, NOT placing collars on the barbell. If for some cause you because the spotter aren’t capable of assist the lifter get the barbell again up into the J-hooks, you’ll be capable of assist him tip the barbell to 1 aspect or the opposite to let the weights slide off.