Definition: A "spotter" is someone who overlooks an individual while
performing an exercise using heavy weights.
If you spend enough time in the gym sooner or later, someone is going to ask you for a "spot". It means that he or she is
asking for assistance on their next set. Be aware that it is your responsibility to make sure the weight doesn't
fall on that person. So be careful and alert. Don't be afraid to ask for a "spot" yourself when you think you might need one. Ask a staff member or a member
that is nearby that is in between a set. Let that person be aware of what your plan of attack is for that set. Let them know how many repetitions you
want to complete and how many you want them to help you with.
HOW TO BE A GOOD SPOTTER?
Pay attention at all times
Remember it's your responsibility to make sure
the weight doesn't fall on he or she. Be ready for a split second's notice if your spottee gives out and loses all their strength.
Ask your spottee where he or she would like you to place your hands Some people have a preference where
they like their spotters hands to be.
Ask how many reps your spottee can do on their own
It's a good idea to try to get
a estimate on how many reps they are trying to accomplish on their own so you know when to give them additional help.
If you think that you can't handle spotting someone, say so If someone is bench pressing 200 pounds or squatting 300 lbs.
you better be strong enough to lift that weight if the spottee looses all their strength. So don't be afraid to
tell them that you would prefer that they try someone else.
Don't over spot
You are there to help the person not do the set for him so try and estimate how much
additional help he or she may need to complete the set.
Always offer encouraging words
Use words like "You got it, Stay strong, It's all you," this will
give the spottee inspiration to accomplish those extra repetitions.