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    Benching w/o a spotter...

    Stupid question perhaps, but if you are bench pressing alone, what happens when you reach the low position (bar to your chest) and you haven't got the strength to lift it back up?

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    Re: Benching w/o a spotter...

    Originally posted by rich
    Stupid question perhaps, but if you are bench pressing alone, what happens when you reach the low position (bar to your chest) and you haven't got the strength to lift it back up?
    1. Prevent that from happening by getting a spotter.

    2. If you insist on doing that, if you're stuck, you can role the bar down your body to your lap hoping that the weight doesn't crush your chest, ribs, or other bones/body parts.

    3. Let it rest there and cry for help as the whole gym looks over and laughs at you.

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    Re: Benching w/o a spotter...

    Originally posted by rich
    Stupid question perhaps, but if you are bench pressing alone, what happens when you reach the low position (bar to your chest) and you haven't got the strength to lift it back up?
    You're screwed to some extent I guess, depending on the weight you were using and wether or not there's someone around to help. Rolling it off you is very unpleasant, especially when you get to the abs part. If you have any kind of experience and the minimum common sense you should have to be lifting weights you should be able to predict if you can do another rep or not with reasonable accuracy though. I found it very traumatizing when it happened to me, I was pretty scared.
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    Well, sometimes I bench without a spotter, you just have to get used to it. I know when I can't get another rep... It's easier to do if you do low reps (maximum 6), when you struggle a lot to get a last rep it's easy to know you can't do anymore.

    Also don't put collars on the bar, if you need them you have stability problems. When you fail, just make the plates fall.

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    Thanks for the tips.

    Yeah reason I ask is that it just happened to me.. I was trying "floor presses" and I added too many weights and bottomed out.. it got stuck on my neck for a few seconds and then I figured out if I didn't put in all my strength it was going to knock me unconcious

    Yesterday I tried doing squats without a rack.. similar incident until I found a pile of junk that I was able to lower it back on.

    Guess sometimes you just gotta learn the hard way.

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    if you don't have a spotter (or if you're benching at a rack with no safety pins/spotters) use DBs instead. Like restless said, rolling it down your body is not a pleasant experience. it happened to me once and there was a spot on my abs (where the bar rested for 1 or 2 seconds while I was rolling it down to my lap) that hurt for a couple of days.
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    So do most benches have safety pins?

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    I haven't seen benches with safety pins, but some of us bech at a rack/cage and most of them have safety pins (the rack I have has them)
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    Thanks, a cage looks exactly what I need (being suitable for squats and presses by the look of it).

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    yeah, having that bar stuck on your abs is not a pleasent experience to be had. When that happened to me I thankfully got enough fear to produce a tonne of adrenaline or something because I was able to push it off when I was already at failure.
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    And it's embarassing if the bar hits your chest and you can't lift it back up.
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    I bench alone myself. What i do is try to predict if i can do another one or not and what i do is don't use the clamps on the ends of the bar so if i fail i can just tilt it one way and the weight falls of freeing me. It works pretty. good. As you can see i'm still here.

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    push over to one side, and make sure you have some kind of padding on the bench bar or have a towel folded on your chest in those cases b4 benching
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    I work out alone almost all the time, the only advise I can offer is to just know yourself and your limits, you can still take it to the limit and not get stuck its just a matter of knowing how much more you can add without blowing out your shoulders

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    Lean the bar over to one side and let one side of it rest on the floor. Then shifting around to get yourself out of there is simple enough.
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    Get a spotter.
    If you don't have a spotter and you bench, then you can spend a few seconds/minutes freaking out to the point your adrenaline comes in and helps you out. If you don't feel like that is a good solution, then say "little help" to someone close by. It's not embarrassing as long as you don't yell and don't declare your an idiot to the whole room.

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    I just bench heavy in the rack.

    The rails sit so they'll catch the bar when I lie flat but allow me full ROM with my benching arch, so its nice. I had to bail out on a BP just last week that way
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    At my local gym we have the sfetys, I love them because I do bench alone. Whenever I push another rep and it wont go up I just push it to the safety.
    Sometimes I go to the other gym with the ghetto cybex benches and it just sucks, I always ask for a spot.
    Masters are my fav, nice wide and safetys on them.
    I used to roll it off, it wasn't so bad as when it hit the abs as when it was on my thigh.
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    Rich are you for real????
    Mate take it easy you are being stupid with your training and will cause yourself an injury.

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    A method which a friend of mine has tried, which I will never try due to the embarassment it will cause is to tilt the bar to one side.
    That way you won't have to roll it off yourself.
    Like I said though, my friend did this and I personally will never do it.
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    I bench alone at home. Most times I can judge whether or not I can push an extra rep out. If not, I just tilt it to one side and let the weights fall off each side.
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    If you can't push it up dump the weight. I did it all the time before I started using DB's.

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    you could also simply choose not to work to absolute failure

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