I have been doing a high rep workout to lean out some for the past 4 weeks. Starting next week I am going to be doing a mass/strength building workout. Here is my problem: I do not have a spotter that I can rely on. It is my wife and she is not the greatest. Since I am going to be lifting heavier weights that only leaves me with 2 options. 1) Use the open bench and don't lift as heavy or 2) use the stack machine (I guess that is what it is called) with heavy weights so that I can self-spot. Which one should I do?
I know that I can ask people at the gym to help, but half of the time they are worse than my wife.
moonsoon x is right you do have to try harder when no one is there to save your ass but if someone is there those extra few reps never hurt anyone either. Spoter is good but not needed all of the time.
Even if you're pushing more 'weight' on a machine, you're still losing a lot of the control functions of your muscles, which will limit your growth. I'd rather lift slightly lighter with free weights and get work the full muscle rather than push or pull along a predetermined path. But like these guys said, you have to work harder when you're alone, and thats how you grow.
there are some things you can do with out a spotter.. but i find i can never go balls out with out one.. i like to work every set to failure. and then negative.. you cant do that with out a competant spotter.. im kinda leary about asking people i dont know to spot me.. im VERY finiky about my spotters and often have to "educate them" on how to spot for me first... then goheavy ..
No spotter is not wise when going heavy. You never know when a muscle might cramp or give up on you. Make sure you let your spotter know what you intend to do and how you want him to spot you( a tad or alot). And a spotter is also needed for negatives. If you cannot get a spotter stick with the machines. Thats what they are there for.