Woman Tells Off 'Gym Creep' Who Tried to Spot Her Weights Without Asking in Viral Video

A video that shows a woman telling off a "gym creep" who tried to spot her weights without asking has gone viral.

The video, found here, was posted to TikTok last week by "Smalls" (@dezsquats), who wrote: "This man had been following me around the gym trying to 'help' me my entire lift. [R]easons I need a f***ing home gym."

The post has garnered more than 2.5 million views and over 380,000 likes.

"Me warming up minding my business," read the video's text overlay.

At the beginning of the video, Smalls can be seen bench pressing. But seconds later, a man appears and touches the end of the bar while Smalls is lifting.

"In what world do you help someone rack the bar from the side during bench?" asked Smalls in the text overlay. "Why do men think it's cute to touch your bar?"

The video ends with Smalls re-racking the bar and yelling at the man; however, the video's audio did not pick up her rebuke.

In a video response to one commenter asking for a "story time," Smalls said: "There's no story. He was following me around the gym and I just went off and told him not to touch my f***ing bar ..."

She added in the video's caption that the "f***ing weirdo didn't even try to defend himself he just went straight back to corner he came from."

Writing for Men's Health in 2020, Lee Boyce said that the bench press is "very very often spotted poorly."

"That can not only injure the person benching, but it can injure the spotter if you don't do it right," he said.

Boyce continued to list several tips for those hoping to be the "ultimate gym spotter," the last being: "Don't touch the bar until you have to."

"As long as the bar is moving, stay off of it," he wrote. "You should be shadowing the bar on its way up and down, hands near it, so you're ready to react if it stops moving. But don't actually touch it until your services are needed."

He added that those spotting the bench press should "step very close" to the person they're spotting.

Speaking to Dick's Sporting Goods, Corrective exercise and performance enhancement specialist Drew Walsh said that a spotter's grip should "be inside of the lifter's hands, not outside."

Wash also noted that "communication between the lifter and spotter is important to help execute the lift safely."

As Smalls mentioned in her video, the man touched the bar from the side. He did not, as Walsh recommended, touch the bar from inside Smalls's hands. He also did not have her permission to touch the bar.

Many commenters pointed out that the man's snap decision to touch the bar could have resulted in Smalls being injured.

"That is so dangerous wtf [what the f***]," said Brooke. "[Especially] when you clearly have headphones on."

"The fact [that] he [grabbed] the bar on the end of it ... He could [have] easily injured you just by doing it. Glad you stabilized it," wrote Yessica Gonzalez-Olve.

Geni commented: "The never of this man you could have gotten hurt it was literally your warmup one wrong move and it'll destabilize you completely."

"Nah ... people saying he was just trying to help bro that's not how you spot someone," added jazz.

Your_moms_house said: "If she was actually struggling and he was actually trying to help, he could have seriously injured her doing it sideways."

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A video that shows a woman telling off a “gym creep” who tried to spot her weights without asking has gone viral. Antonio_Diaz/istock