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It's a little hard to write this out, but when benching "power lifter style", I usually approach like this: Try to drive your shoulder blades into the bench. You want lots of positive and balanced contact between your upper back and the pad. You will be on the toes / balls of your feet, which helps to arch your back. Your feet will be nearly under your ...


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Yes, you are being a total wuss, but it is curable. Keep training, get comfortable around heavier objects, and soon you will be handling the big plates with ease.


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It is OK, but understand that you need to communicate your expectations very clearly. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who don't know how to spot. If all you need is a lift off, ask them to give you a lift off and don't touch the bar until you ask for help. If you are really stretching yourself and going for a personal max, I recommend doing ...


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I'm judging by your tag that you want a power lifting barbell. I have no idea what your budget is, so I'll give you some brand names and some things to look at when comparing barbells. First, brand names: Eleiko - their first love is Olympic weightlifting, but they make world renowned barbells. Ivanko - their first love is powerlifting, and they also ...


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No, there aren't always top brands, sometimes it's a matter of taste (some people prefer Samsung smartphones), sometimes you don't get what you pay for and very often, peoples perceived idea of the top brand is far off. A barbell is not a very complicated piece of equipment, it's basically a steel rod with ends that match the size of plates. Just make sure ...


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What if I drop a weight plate on my feet? It will hurt. It may injure you. It's possible it will injure you severely and permanently. I've been lifting barefoot...Do people actually drop plates on their feet? Would weightlifting shoes provide any real protection? People drop plates, rarely. I've dropped a five pound plate from hip height and let ...


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Around here (Russia) it is very common to ask random people who are resting nearby to spot you. If you are training with a partner, it is of course proper to first ask them, and only turn to other people if your partner is unable to spot you, e. g. due to being busy with their own exercises which allow for no pause or having temporary arm disability. I ...


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I believe so, but unless the person in question is benching themselves, you can't expect them to stay around to spot you for more than one or possibly two sets, so your best bet is to find someone else who is benching at a similar weight and take turns.



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