Spotted for a Tank at the Gym
I spotted a set for someone for the first time the other night.
He is a tank, even a bigger one than me (shocking, I’m sure), someone I’ve seen a hundred times before at Hampton Hill between the hours of 8 and 9 every night. We have never talked, still haven’t, but he asked me to spot him by using hand gestures the other night when I was lifting beside him.
It was a proud moment.
If you’re unaware what it means to “spot a set,” it basically means to hover over someone to assist them while they are lifting and ensure that the weights being lifted don’t come crashing down and hurt/kill them.
That’d be bad.
Typically, weight lifters don’t ask people to spot that they don’t know and/or can’t handle the weight being lifted. And, I guess I had worked out alongside this guy enough to make him feel comfortable asking me to spot him, so I that only leaves the other thing: he thought I was capable of handling the weight. He thought I was able to help him out if necessary. I don’t like being dramatic, but quite a few people have been seriously injured and even killed by barbells being overloaded with weight or slipping out of their hands.
As I said, this guy is tank who lifts insane amounts of weights every single night at the gym. He was benching probably 300 pounds when he asked me to spot him. It was an important job. And he thought I would be able to do it.
You know why that meant so much to me?
It reminds me of how far we’ve come.
You don’t build the body you want overnight and you don’t change years and even decades of bad habits by simply watching what you eat for a few days. It takes weeks, months, and years to accomplish your goals — fitness related or not. Progress is slow, but it’s still progress, steps in the right direction.
And eventually, one day, you just might be asked to spot for a tank.