Check Out These Heart Stopping Self Spotting Videos

What do you when the odds are stacked against you? Like when you’re at the bottom of the squat and you can’t get back up. Do you dump the weight behind you, or use your resources to self spot yourself?

Before diving further into this piece, in no way, am I recommending anyone ever self spot themselves when a lift goes wrong. In fact, self spotting in a lot instances, is more dangerous than just dumping the weight.

The first video comes from a Facebook clip shared yesterday by Huyen Thanh. Her clip features a shoeless lifter who misses his second rep coming out of the hole. Instead of dumping the weight to the safeties, he grabs them, and pushes himself back up.

When I first saw this clip, I thought for sure he was losing a finger. Weight falling on a hand/finger like that is sure to leave it severed. Fun story, when I first began my lifting career, I saw a lifter lose part of his pinky putting down dumbbells after a DB bench press (I was 5-months into lifting and rattled), this clip sent shivers down my spine.

If you find yourself in a similar lifting situation, do not put your hands between the barbell/dumbbells and the safeties/metal, I repeat, do not put your hands between heavy metals with only gravity between them.

The following two clips are videos I found from doing a “selfspot” search on Instagram. I was curious if other lifters had ever self spotted themselves back to upright positions, and sure enough, there were.

Our next clip was uploaded by Brandon McCombs on his Instagram page. McCombs, similar to Peterson, pushes off his knees to finish the lift, but with less weight, and on his first rep.

Whether you’re a veteran or newer strength athlete, you’re always better off dumping weight when you’re in situations like these. Some lifts are not worth the possible injury saving.

Feature image screenshot from @boilerm8ker Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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