3. In-Tune Spotter
When you’ve got a fully-loaded barbell about to come crashing down on your throat because you couldn’t handle it, the last thing you ever want is a training partner who isn’t there to react. On the other hand, it's just as bad when your partner is either practically lifting the weight for you, or leaving you to struggle every inch of the way. There's a lot more that goes into a good spot than what you see on the surface. First and foremost, your training partner should have a solid grasp on your strength and what your progression has been in terms of weight and lift reps. For example if you just hit a personal record of 225 lbs. for 5 repetitions on the bench press last week, you both can't think you're going to be able to throw another 20 lbs. on that bar this week. My best training partners always knew when it was time to push me into overdrive or pull back the reigns a bit. Your ideal spotter should be in-tune with your abilities almost as much as you are with yourself.