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.
Last edited by OGROK; 04-27-2008 at 03:05 AM.
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.
I use a band to hold my boards on. If you are worried about dieing, do it in a power rack.
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!
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.
Is it even healthy on your shoulders/rotator cuff to take a big weight out of the racks without a handoff?
unracking the weight is the worst part of boards... pain in the ass and throws off my tightness