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Jun 6, 2018

The term “spotter” in the fitness world means to have a person to help you lift the weight. If you are under a heavy bar on the bench you need a spotter to keep you safe in case your muscles fail. When do you need a spotter? When it is easy or when it is hard?


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

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*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Hello and welcome back, and I've got a question for you guys out there. How many of you are still thinking about the glass half empty/glass half-full analogy that I made yesterday? How many of you shared it with somebody else and it broke their chi, and they're like “that's, that's different, from what I've been hearing my whole life. I cannot accept that” or maybe they did.

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Either way, we're going to continue on with Morning Mindset, and once again, thank you for sharing this episode. Thank you for sharing this show with other people that you feel May benefit from it, and Thank you, once again to my producer Zachary who takes the audio recording that I do in the studio, and he puts it all together with the intro music and the outro music and he puts it on the interwebs out there in in the cloud so that all you guys can hear it. If it wasn't for my producer Zachary, you wouldn't be able to hear any of this. (Awww, thanks)

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Thank you Zachary for making this actually happen. Otherwise, I’d just be a guy sitting in a padded room talking into a microphone. “Who is your Spotter?”, and you say “Paul, I'm not like you, I don't lift weights and stuff and I don't need a spotter. I don't need a spotter.” Okay. Well a spotter, in case you don't know, most of you probably do, a spotter in the Fitness World means that you have a person to help you lift the weight or multiple people depending on the exercise you're doing but in the standard Fitness and strength training world, if you have ever been to a gym that had free weights barbells and a bench.

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Even if you've never participated in yourself, I bet you that you were over there on the treadmill and you were watching the guys over in the bench press area and their you know working on their testosterone, and there's a guy down on the bench and he's underneath the a bar and then there's a guy standing over him and he's like “come on, you could do it”. But loud, obnoxious spotter's aside, why is that person standing over close to and over the other guy that's on the bench? Or girl or whomever and happens to be. Well, because of all the exercises that you can do with barbells, whether it's rows or squats or presses or whatever, the one that is the- or deadlift.

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The one is most dangerous to humans safety is the bench press, and the reason is, and as you if you're looking at someone on a bench and they've got that big heavy barbell that's loaded with all kinds of weights and you can smell the test the testosterone in the air, you can smell it and you can hear it and or well if that gets too heavy.

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And there is this real, real uh thing called muscle fatigue or muscle failure. Now the trick with trying to grow your muscles as you have to push them you have to push them hard. You have to push your muscles farther than you ever thought you were going to because that's how you make them grow, right?

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I'm talked about this previously. The answer is yes ball that is how you make your muscles grow. You make your muscles grow by overloading them by loading them to the point where they feel as if they're going to fail and there is a very real situation where people can be on the bench and they are pushing the weight and their arms say no mas.

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Their muscle say “no mas. I cannot push this up off of my body”. Now in most exercises, like I spoke of before, you can just let go of the bar or step out from underneath it and it'll fall to the ground and it'll make a horrible crashing noise, but nobody will get hurt, right? I mean if you're deadlifting and you can't get it up, you just let go and it falls to the ground.

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Uh, you know, if you're if you're doing an overhead press and you can't get it you just push it back forward into the rack, or if you get to complete muscle failure. You just let it go and you let it drop to the ground. Like I said, it'll make a horrible crashing noise, but no one will be injured.

That's just some of the standing right behind you where they shouldn't be but for the bench, press what is very close to your pectoralis muscles your throat your neck. You're esophagus, all that good stuff. if you are underneath a heavy bar, and your muscles fail and it pushes that weight, gravity is always in effect pushes down on your chest, what happens?

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Uh, you could die there have been people who have died because they benched real heavy with no Spotter and they got trapped under that weight. That's no good. Now who is the spotter in your life? I don't know Paul I can tell you who my spotter is. My spotter is my wife. Now, my wife has been my real spotter.

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She's actually stood over the bench and helped me to get that bar off of my chest, but she isn't just the spotter for my actual physical exercising my wife who I've been married to for. Uh, well. Going on three decades now. We're coming up on our anniversary here pretty soon. Uh, my wife. She has been my spotter in life.

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Now. When is a spotter needed. When do you need a spotter? Do you need a spotter when you're warming up with an empty bar? Well, probably not right. Do you need a spotter when the weight is light and when the exercise is easy? When things are going well and you're all jacked up and you're pumped up and your who do you need a spotter then?

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Yeah, there might be one standing there. But do you does that when you need the spotter? No, you don't need the spotter when things are easy. You need the spotter when the weight is heavy when things are hard when that weight wants to crush you. That's right. The weight wants to crush you at wants to to push you down into the ground in the weight doesn't care about your feelings.

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The weight doesn't care that your mommy and daddy think you're a special little boy. The weight doesn't care about any of that the weights going to crush you and that's why you have a spotter now does the spotter lift the entire bar off of you? No, the spider doesn't have to lift the entire bar.

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And that was when I asked my wife to spot for me and she looked at the weight that was on this she I can't lift all that. I can't pull that up off of you. And I said that's okay, honey. You if my if I can't get it up there all the way if I get to that point of muscle failure or muscle fatigue. I'm not going to be dead.

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I'll show gonna have you know, Oxygenated blood flow into my muscles. I just can't get that much weight. What you need to do is grab the bar and you need to remove maybe in essence 10 15, maybe 20 pounds. You need to pull 20 pounds of that off of me and I'll get the rest but you need to help me do it and she does and she has and for well.

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Almost three decades not quite 30 years where we're pushing 30, but we're not there yet. But for the last three decades, my wife has been my spotter. She has been that person who's been there not when things are you know, I mean she's been there when it was easy to when it's easier spotter just stays off the side and looks at their phone and you know, listen to you grunt but.

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When it's hard when the weight is there and it's trying to crush you. Do you have a spotter in your life? And I don't know who that spot or maybe maybe a best friend. It may be your spouse and maybe somebody that you have served with in the military. If you are a recently discharged military veteran or if you're still active.

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There may be that one person that you know that you can trust to help that weight come off your chest and you're just going to have to uh, you have to forgive me for that because apparently my children need to text me while I'm in the middle of doing morning mindset. I didn't want to miss it.

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So that's what happens. That's what happens. All right, ladies and gentlemen, I want you to consider that as you go through your day. Who is your spotter or better yet? Are you available to be a spotter from for someone else? Is there someone in your life that you see over there on the bench of life struggling?

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Can you walk over there and be there Spotter and help take some of that weight off their chest? I don't know. I bet you can I bet you that you have it in you to be someone's Spotter. And if you have a spotter if you have a person who has uh pulled that weight off of your chest. Thank them take a little bit of time today and say hey thanks for being my Spotter and pulling that weight off my chest when was really heavy.

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All right, ladies and gentlemen, we went a little bit long today, but what the heck I think you're worth it. I am your host Paul Markel and I will talk to you again real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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