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Which weight lifting exercises require a spotter?

Lifts that need one or more spotters are those that require the lifter to have weights over his head or face, or that require the bar on his back or the front of his shoulders or clavicles. These kinds of lifts are more difficult than those that require weights to be lifted to the side or the front.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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