So, you’ve just been asked to go to the gym with someone you know and are panicking. Follow these rules and everyone else that goes to that fitness center will be loving you in no time! I’ll often see how to spot someone get very confused. The key to being an effective spotter is that you’re helping the person and not doing all of the work for them. It can be very tough on anyone’s morale to not be able to push the way that they need to, but knowing where strength and balance lie and it is a big part of effectively creating new strength.
When it comes time to spot someone, place your hands around the weight so that you’re ready to take it from the other person, at a moment’s notice. However, you don’t want to push or pull the weight for the other person, giving them a false sense of strength. I’ve seen bad spotter backfire quickly, once they leave and the person has to put up the strength for themselves. Needless to say, it wouldn’t take long before you heard weights clanging around and someone was in a panic because they needed help getting a heavy barbell of their chest. If you’ve got someone you know who is putting up the weight that you’re not sure you will, alone, could accurately spot and recruit other gym members to help out.
Likely, many will understand the situation that you are in as no one wants to see any kind of serious injuries occur. Another rule that I wish more gym members would follow is this one, even if you’re not with anyone else, help those around you/ I know that I’ve had to ask for help, and few awkward situation, while most have been generous to help, I’ve also had a few look at me like a deer in headlights. Last time I checked, we’re all here to try and get bigger so I figure that we might as well help each other during the process. You always want to encourage every lift that your partner completes, it’s really great to help keep them motivated.
Also, it is likely that when it comes time for you to do your lifting, that somebody will be able to motivate you to go further than before. This next role sounds a little bit idiotic but you would be amazed at the people I’ve dealt with before, make a schedule that works for other gym goers. You won’t get too much done, when dealing with a person that can’t commit to meeting you at a set time and date.
I used to work out with someone who would constantly run late or not even show up, often doing both without so much as a courtesy phone call. It really aggravated me to be dealing with someone that could not keep up with such simple commitments, if you can’t follow a simple schedule and you really don’t want to commit to the other person. What will likely happen is that too many commitments will come up and it will likely end up causing some damage to a friendship that could’ve been avoided just by being honest with the other person. if you are a good gym goer, it will create more instances where other people follow the good example that you’ve set. It’s likely your buddy is really excited that you have chosen to go and exercise with them, so you should definitely be a supportive friend. Finally, be happy about making the gym trip with a friend, you don’t want to hurt their feelings but acting like they are putting you out by asking a simple favor.