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Old 09-01-2014, 10:48 PM   #1
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If you work out long enough, eventually someone will ask you for a spot. The first few times this happened to me, I didn't know what the hell I was doing and it made for some awkward moments.

Let's hear about some awkward spots you either observed or took part in.
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I saw a kid hold hands with his spotter between each set.
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Mostly just dripping sweat into people's eyes on the bench. I'll wipe my head off as much as possible, yet I still seem to always end up with a couple beads that get away from me.

Truth be told, no one ever asks me anymore. I train with a lot of intensity and the weights are usually a bit intimidating to people, so they leave me alone. It's the best part about getting stronger, lol.
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Well, not so much awkward since I didn't get caught. In HS I was working out in our gym and the wrestling room(where our chin-up bar was). Anyhow there was a girl who was lifting after school in there also and we kind of flirted around a bit for a few months.

Anyhow I was doing chins and she decided she wanted to do them too. Well to say the least she wasn't very strong, and being the nice guy I am, I gave her some assistance. Well when she got done, she stayed in my arms and we ended up getting a pretty good make-out session in before anyone came back to the weight room lol.

She and I would eventually graduate to some more intense um workouts together over the course of a few years.

Disclaimer, in no way would I have done this if I didn't already know she was interested in me in a big way and was coming onto me. Would never want to be accused of being the creeper, cop-a-feeler in the gym lol!
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:32 PM   #5
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First time I ever spotted someone squatting I had no idea what I was doing. He got stuck in the hole and I didn't squat with him so I was standing above him trying to pull the bar up, knocked him off balance, he decided to dump it which was loud as hell and anyone who wasn't already staring at the worst spotter in the gym turned and looked at us like, "what the hell are those guys doing".
He was cool about it though and gave me a quick lesson on spotting a squat.

Also just like soldier - sweating on dudes benching. I sweat very easily so even if I'm just warming up I'm already dripping. I try to dry off my face and head as much as possible but a drop still falls from somewhere, usually ending their set prematurely and then they never ask me again.
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A guy wanted to do dumbbell pullovers, and decided he had to use the 140lb dumbbell. Cool. Saturday morning there aren't many people so he asks me to spot/assist him in getting started. I pick it up off the floor, and wait for him to get his hands on it. Once he does, I confirm he has it and let go. It dipped a bit lower, but he seemed to have control. He started the exercise, but when he pulled forward with the lats, his triceps couldn't quite get the dumbbell high enough and he proceeded to smack the lower part of the dumbbell right into the top of his head. He blurted, "Dammit!" and simply let go of the dumbbell. I was standing there ready to assist him if he was struggling, but I had no intentions of catching a free falling 140lb dumbbell. It hit with a thud, and the few pairs of eyes that were in the gym looked right over at us. Good times.
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Well, not so much awkward since I didn't get caught. In HS I was working out in our gym and the wrestling room(where our chin-up bar was). Anyhow there was a girl who was lifting after school in there also and we kind of flirted around a bit for a few months.

Anyhow I was doing chins and she decided she wanted to do them too. Well to say the least she wasn't very strong, and being the nice guy I am, I gave her some assistance. Well when she got done, she stayed in my arms and we ended up getting a pretty good make-out session in before anyone came back to the weight room lol.

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Disclaimer, in no way would I have done this if I didn't already know she was interested in me in a big way and was coming onto me. Would never want to be accused of being the creeper, cop-a-feeler in the gym lol!
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Dude comes over to me and asks for a spot...I said sure and proceed to follow him.....to the hammer strength vertical bench. I said "are you kidding?" and walked away
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True Story: I was an up and coming meathead many years ago at the local gym in Nashville, TN and there was a big friendly dude who seemed to always be there when I was. We became friends and lifting partners shortly thereafter. He was huge into bench pressing and I followed along for the ride so to speak. He believed in doing 3 sets of 8 of as much weight as you could handle. He used 315 and I worked my way up to 225. On the day I was attempting my final few reps with 225, he was leaning over the bar with his hands on it to assist if need be. I was gasping for air and giving it all I had when all of a sudden a drop of sweat rolled from his forehead into my mouth. I knew immediately what it was and gagged, dry heaved, etc. The weight became the least of my troubles and I pushed it back up in a hurry and scurried to the bathroom to rinse out my mouth and try not to throw up. It's funny to me now, but damn gross at the time.
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Dude comes over to me and asks for a spot...I said sure and proceed to follow him.....to the hammer strength vertical bench. I said "are you kidding?" and walked away
Trainers in my gym "spot" each other on the hammer strength machines all the time. They basically overload it with plates and then the other guy helps pull them up, it's sort of like doing forced negatives but more like one guy pressing while the other guy curls the same weight.
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