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    Board press w/o spotter?

    Is there any way to do a board press without a spotter? Could I like, tie the boards to my chest with a chain or something? I don't want to have to drag two people over to spot me every time I do board presses.
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    Tuck the boards under your shirt (assuming it's baggy enough. 5 boards might get tricky).

    Alternatively, you could probably use a bench belt to strap them to you.
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    when i lifted by myself, i purposely had the main board (lower/first one) longer than the others so i can tuck it inside the front of my belt when pressing.

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    I screwed 2 eye-hooks in the sides of my boards so I can bungee cord them to my chest.
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    I use a band to hold my boards on. If you are worried about dieing, do it in a power rack.

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    All of these methods work really well for securing the boards.
    The handoff without a spotter is where I don't know what to tell you...but if you think of something, tell me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xellarz View Post
    All of these methods work really well for securing the boards.
    The handoff without a spotter is where I don't know what to tell you...but if you think of something, tell me!
    Learn to bench without a spotter. It's not rocket science
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    I recently started with board presses too. If you don't like the feel of a baggy shirt and stuffing the boards under it try using heavy duty velcro. I got some from Home Depot. It's about 2 inches wide, comes in rolls and can be fastened to a board and will stick to the inside of a sweatshirt as long as it is turned inside out.
    As far as lifting without a spotter.........well, if you are using poundages beyond your limits (board presses) then i'd get a powerrack.
    My bench has spotter bars built into it. Lord knows i needed them a few times already.

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    Is it even healthy on your shoulders/rotator cuff to take a big weight out of the racks without a handoff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detard View Post
    Learn to bench without a spotter. It's not rocket science
    Unracking weight for a high board without a spotter is!!!

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    unracking the weight is the worst part of boards... pain in the ass and throws off my tightness

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