After seeing some of the recent debate and frustration after the IPF Raw World Championships regarding spotting, I realized that this is a topic that is rarely discussed, almost as if it's just something that everyone knows. Spotting is a very important aspect of training, as it ensures not only the lifter's safely, but also—when done correctly—the spotter's safety.

For spotting the squat, here are a few of the most important points:
  • Use your leverages to your advantage with a wide stance/base of support.
  • Stay close.
  • Make sure both sides of the bar are loaded evenly.
  • When spotting from the side, surround the weight and keep the sleeve of the bar close to crease of your elbow.
  • When spotting from the rear, have your hands under the arms of the lifter.

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