Spotting question v.n00b

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    What's the proper way to spot someone doing squats...in a power rack...? Would you just keep an eye on form? I was trying to help a guy doing box squats in the rack (well above parallel) today but he seemed to be fine and the bars were in place so all would have been well for safety upon failure. I just sorta watched him and helped him switch weights. :ugh2::hs:
     
  2. you don't really need to spot him. :mamoru: just watch his form.
     
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    That's what I figured but I'm just not that experienced with weightlifting. This was during weightlifting at school (not my class), technically I'm supposed to stick to the machines in the adjacent workout room but that bores me at times and the teachers don't give a fuck. Some of the guys talk of spotting someone in the rack so I'm like whatever :dunno:. Then again, one of my friends told me yesterday that I should be squatting with my feet straight ahead.... :hsugh:
     
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    you only need a spot if you are using a squat rack
     
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    it depends on the type of squat, if someone is squating in a monolift or free squating, then there should be aback spotter and two side spots, the back spot should be more or less ready to hold the guy up.

    if he was squatting, well above parallel, you should have informed him of this if he was box squating.

    these people all sound ignorant
     
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    This I understand but in a power rack? Good to make sure though I suppose.:wiggle:
    I've only been going into the lifting room for a couple days now but I get the impression this might be a rule of thumb around there. Thus far I haven't seen one person squat parallel. I was doing so yesterday and my friend (dude that told me not to squat with feet outward) said I was squatting "really deep." :hsugh: But he helped me get the bar back up when I failed so for that I'm grateful.

    Edit: Lifting teacher also said I was going too deep but I didn't really pay any attention. You think it's a general safety guideline for us kids or some shit? This is a high school gym. :dunno:
    Yeah. :hsd:
     
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    Spot him with both hands just under either side of his lats.
     
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    In case he starts falling forward?
     
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    I dont know if you refering to me or not because you didnt quote. But put your hands underneath his lats towards his back and spot him if he stalls on the way up. He's going to fall backward if anything.

    Also make certain you have the saftey bar/pins in at an appropriate hieght.
     
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    Gotcha. Always check the bars. Thanks, everyone.
     
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