This Week in Powerlifting Spotters: Spotting Squats in a Towel and Flip Flops

Strength aficionados tend to form close bonds, and it’s tough to get closer than your powerlifting crew; after all, we need spotters for those heavy squats and bench presses, right?

And when you go REALLY heavy, you need more than one spotter at your back — or even one at either side. So when champion powerlifter Dmitriy Inzarkin worked up to 365 kilograms in training recently, he knew he needed five strong spotters. The fact that one of those spotters had just come out of the shower was no excuse to skirt safe lifting, which led to one of the funnier in-gym scenes we’ve seen in recent months.


Image: Dmitriy Inzarkin

Take a look at the spotter to Dmitriy’s righthand side (toward the left of the frame looking at the video).

There’s raw powerlifting, then there’s raw spotting — and this guy has it nailed.

The IPF actually reposted the video on their own account to poke light fun at it. It shows how lifters are there when their friends need it most — even if there’s not even time to towel off.

From the IPF Instagram account:

Dimitry Inzarkin of Russia squats 365kg in preparation for the #ipf Open World Championships.
How committed is your spotting crew? Dimitry’s side spotter is fresh out of the shower here. Now THAT is committment. [sic]

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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