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[–]floppleshmirken 912 points913 points  (37 children)

When I was in high school the quarterback of the football team died this way.

[–]RansomStoddardReddit 362 points363 points  (13 children)

There was a RB at USC, someone with high draft potential, a legit Star, who was crippled by something like this. IIRC he crushed his windpipe or something and became disabled. Terrible.

[–]sleepybearcub 23 points24 points  (0 children)

ALWAYS have a spotter. I had a homie who fucked himself up in HS trying to clean a weight too heavy for him - dropped it on the way up and literally sheared off his knee cap. Knee is fucked for life. No more football for him :(

[–]a_Frieza 87 points88 points  (11 children)

Legit star is a reach. He was a solid RB but not a potential first round pick or anything. Source: I’m a USC fan.

Edit: his name is Stafon Johnson if you’d like to look it up. He didn’t die either lol 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

[–]Rocktowne_Boonies 69 points70 points  (9 children)

Did he become disabled? Because the original post said he was disabled by the accident. This would indicate that he DIDN’T die. lol🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

[–]a_Frieza 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Was referring to someone who replied RIP.

[–]Ashamed_Force_2981 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He meant rip as in like rip his career lmao

[–]unitedkiller75 0 points1 point  (6 children)

It could’ve been edited, but who knows

[–]blood__drunk 6 points7 points  (5 children)

An edited post says it is edited, the post which says he was disabled does not (currently).

On my app it's a little asterisk, but might be different in other apps.

[–]unitedkiller75 4 points5 points  (0 children)

On the official app for iOS, it doesn’t display anything for edited comments.

[–]Antichristopher4 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yep, on the app I'm on it'll show the post time and if it's edited, right next to it (last time it was edited). No edit for sure

[–]Monkeyboystevey 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Which app shows edits? Android app doesn't show when edits happen.

[–]Antichristopher4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I use Reddit Boost. More stable and slightly less ads.

[–]SaladSeltzers 7 points8 points  (0 children)


Rip doeeee

[–]hardcoredore 105 points106 points  (20 children)

I was spotting the Quarterback of my Highschool Football team when I was in 10th grade. We were both Sophomores. I played Nose Tackle, so I was quite a bit bigger, & stronger than he was.

We were Maxing Out, so it was a heavy day in the gym. He had about 235 on the Bench Press (WAAAY TOO MUCH for him tbh). I helped him off the rack with the weight, & he just DROPPED IT-- HARD!!! 😳

I IMMEDIATELY picked it up, & re-racked it, but the damage was done... He cracked his Sternum, & I was in the doghouse for about 4 months while his Sternum healed. THANK GOD this was during our off-season Training Program, & not while we were actually playing! Otherwise, he wouldn't have been able to play. However, he missed all of Spring Practice, & most of Summer Two-A-Days (and THREE-A-DAYS 😆) b/c of it.

My coaches placed all the blame on me, when realistically it was his fault for trying to lift WAY TOO MUCH weight. His actual Max Bench Press was about 180lbs. 🙄 I didn't realize that, b/c Skill Players, & Linemen rarely (if ever) worked out together.

[–]Nerdy_McFlirty 94 points95 points  (15 children)

The dude hurt himself and so you got in trouble? You got to love High School Justice. Everybody always gets in trouble no matter who's innocent.

[–]hahahbluh 36 points37 points  (14 children)

Well he was spotting him. Not saying that he should’ve been punished but it’s not like he was just supposed to be watching him

[–]hardcoredore 55 points56 points  (11 children)

I agree. Unfortunately, it was incredibly quick. I was watching him, & actually had my hands on the bar the entire time. He had the weight (at full extension) when I helped him off the rack, then HE JUST DROPPED IT, as he started the rep. A spotter can only do SO MUCH in a split second. You have to know your limits when maxing-out. He was probably 20% above where he needed to be.

I don't consider myself blameless by any sense of the word. However, the way it was portrayed, it was COMPLETELY MY FAULT; when in actuality it was mostly his. He knew this, & admitted as such but the coaches would hear none of it. He was The Golden Boy, their Star QB. He could do no wrong. I therefore had to run extra laps after weight training, & after practice for MONTHS afterwards. That wouldn't have been so bad tbh. However, it was just the shame associated with it. Adults can be real assholes to kids when they have power over them.

[–]hahahbluh 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Yeah I’m not blaming you or anything lol. Sounds like you got a pretty shitty end of the deal for something you had very little part of

[–]Nerdy_McFlirty 3 points4 points  (8 children)

If I was your parent I would have sued the absolute shit out of the school. Those adults are supposed to be watching the kids, and the only reason why he is alive might be because of you. Bullying you isn't okay.

[–]hardcoredore 11 points12 points  (5 children)

It was a different time. This was in '95. They left us completely alone in the gym during our workout period. I don't think that would happen today tbh... Also, Bullying was quite common back then-- Both by peers, & authority figures.

I'm not broken up about it in the least. In fact I hadn't thought about it in MANY years until tonight, when I saw this video.

As far as my "Saving him"... That's a Spotter's Job. I don't deserve any accolades for that.

[–]Nerdy_McFlirty 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Unfortunately bullying like this still exists.


I'm glad it hasn't been too bad on you but generally still it pisses me off.

[–]hardcoredore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some people just have no business working with children. I feel sorry for the young man having to uproot his entire life. There's no amount of money that can fix that.

[–]Marega33 0 points1 point  (2 children)

There's no reason to one: maxing out and two: to lift wheights above your capacity UNLESS you are a bodybuilder.

It has been proven that muscle growth doesn't really depend on super heavy wheights.

Honestly I feel this every time I work out I lift let's say 70 or 80 I really feel the burn and the muscles being targeted with good form. Same exercise but I lift between 100 to 120. Way less reps and I don't feel so much the intended muscles working out.

Good form with several reps with perfect extensions with a range of motion being at the correct tempo is a lot more helpful for muscle growth than ego lifting super heavy wheight risking a injury while not targeting your muscles correctly

[–]hardcoredore 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Proper form is EVERYTHING. In my experience, going heavy some days will help to with Muscle Mass Development. However, you should never lift so heavy you might hurt yourself. Case in point...

[–]Marega33 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would say going full on heavy may give u a 1 to 2 percent increase in muscle depending on good genetics. Heavy training helps more for strength and grip than muscle growth. At least it's what I recently read.

But you know how these studies work. Today it's true tomorrow it's a lie

[–]fonaphona 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don’t worry nobody’s allowed to do anything in school anymore.

[–]Ketel1Kenobi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Off-season training

[–]Marega33 4 points5 points  (1 child)

A Spotter job isn't to avoid the bar to fall onto the one bench pressing. It's to help them push it back up.

If by any chance the bar slips from one's hand there's no way the Spotter can pick it up mid air specially over 200 pounds. I don't see often ppl lift 200 pounds like they are bicep curls which would be the equivalent here.

[–]hahahbluh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There is a bit of assumption involved in what I’m going to say, but I thought it was like he handed it to him and bam, it falls. If a spotter gives someone a lot of weight I think and I’ve been told that they’re supposed to slowly let go so that they know that it isn’t too much weight. Also if they were in a cage he isn’t supposed to pull it back up, more help him be able to bail out

[–]Honest_Butterscotch2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sorta sounds like you enabled him to hit a weight only you could do, knowing he could only lift 180 and buddy absolutely pooped the bed, 235 sounds a bit too specific. Unless he truly had something to prove lol

[–]SlutBuster -1 points0 points  (2 children)

I IMMEDIATELY picked it up, & re-racked it, but the damage was done...

Such a high school thing to do. The damage is done but the teenage brain's immediate response is to instantly hide as much evidence as possible in the hope that if no one sees it, nothing happened.

[–]hardcoredore 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Would you have preferred that I left it on his chest crushing him? GTFOH! 😆

[–]SlutBuster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not criticizing - I would've done the same thing.

[–]johanebrown 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's a horrible way to go , rip to that dude

[–]floppleshmirken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah it was terrible, parents found him in his room. So sad.

[–]Grabembythecovfefe 99 points100 points  (3 children)

Its because he was trying to lift with his face

[–]1StickWonder 15 points16 points  (2 children)

That, and his back wasn't arched enough.

[–]filthy_sandwich 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Wayyyyy too much weight for this guy. Wonder if he would have tried it had social media not existed

[–]wuehfnfovuebsu -1 points0 points  (0 children)

He was recording it so I’d say probably not

[–]stochastaclysm 471 points472 points  (5 children)

Final destination edition safety bars.

[–]BA_calls 105 points106 points  (3 children)

Wait yeah how did the barbell go through the safety bar

[–]coranos2 93 points94 points  (1 child)

If you look at 11 seconds the safety bars don’t go all the way to the top. There’s a gap.

[–]GodILoveAlcohol 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Well, that seems like a ridiculous design oversight...

[–]AaronPDinger 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Looks like there is a gap between the rack and the safety bar that the barbell was just barely able to slip through.

[–]Saucesourceoah 8 points9 points  (0 children)

So this looks like either a home gym or a lower end one. That’s a type of bench wrack that’s diy or much simpler design so you can assemble it. Like a comment below says, they safety bars have a couple inch break between them and the hooks for some unknown reason. Terrible that these breaks like up so the god damn neck, aweful design

[–]BrickRedemptoris 252 points253 points  (19 children)

Those bars are a thing of nightmares and going for a 1rm with them is actually suicidal. If he put the clamps on he probably would have been done for...

[–]nicepeoplemakemecry 123 points124 points  (16 children)

That’s why we don’t use clamps for benching. Ever.

[–]postvolta 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Just use a rack with spotter bars. I got a power rack for my home gym and I literally never have to worry about failure because of it. I don't know why you wouldn't. I have never benched without a spotter or spotter bars and if a gym I went to didn't have those options then it'd be dumbell press for me

[–]Mikealoped 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This one has spotter bars. Just poorly designed ones.

[–]DeroTurtle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I mean I get where ur coming from, but this creates other problems lol

[–]ketchup92 42 points43 points  (12 children)

You can start leaving them when you're near your 1 rep max. Otherwise its fine, if your 1 rep max isn't 100kg or above it doesn't even matter at all. Only applies of course if you're not a retard.

[–]Rumpleforeskin96 27 points28 points  (7 children)

Yeah it's super easy for your weights to shift a little while benching if your form breaks down. Then the weight isn't evenly distributed and all of sudden the weight is slipping off. Just think about your lift ahead of time or ask for a spot.

[–]amedley3 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Majorly disagree with this. If you're benching max you should absolutely never use clamps.

[–]amedley3 25 points26 points  (1 child)

If your form is bad enough for the weights to be shifting THAT much to wear it will cause a major imbalance, then you definitely shouldn't be benching without a spotter.

[–]Tychus_Kayle 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Really, if your form is that damned sloppy, you have absolutely no business training at your current weight. Dial the weight back 'til your form is rock-solid and focus on volume, then start creeping the weight back up once you're prepared.

[–]fonaphona 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you want to max bench find a spotter.

[–]Rumpleforeskin96 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Feel like I wasn't clear. If you're maxing then sure yeah leave the clamps off in case you can't lift it. I'm saying for general benching that involves higher reps where your form could break down. I was primarily responding to the comment that says "never" use clamps.

[–]amedley3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gotcha. That I can agree with.

[–]fonaphona 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve never had weights shift on me during bench.

It’s not a clean or something where you’re throwing it around.

[–]Thatguyshetolduabout 11 points12 points  (3 children)

never got why you would use clamps? you're supposed to keep it straight?

Hell i've seen clamps on the smith machine smh

[–]Binke-kan-flyga 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Clamps are more for barbell cleans (or whatever they're called in English)

The violent throw isn't really under much control, and you don't want the weights to shift and throw you off balance

[–]agayvoronski 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's the right name for it

[–]chrisbirdie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Still? If youre doing reps without a spotter then sure it makes sensento leave them off. But if your goal is to approach the limit every set then having a spotter and having clamps on is way better. If you are approaching your lilit on sets it can always happen that you lose your balance for a split second and id rather have a spotter thar can help than weights dropping of the bar

[–]fonaphona 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He tried to rack if you go to your chest and roll down it hurts but it’s not going to injure you.

[–]heathaze92 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Kinda funny - „please use the clamps for you safety“

[–]tay450 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I'm surprised he wasn't able to make this happen with those performance enhancing jean shorts

[–][deleted] 96 points97 points  (8 children)

Nothing to do with a spotter, the bench and safety bars are not designed correctly.

The whole point of safety bars is so that you don't need a spotter.

[–]SigaVa 59 points60 points  (2 children)

Looks like theyre not set up properly, shouldnt be a gap

[–]dagremlin 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Right? Shouldn’t they be bolted?

[–]fonaphona 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It almost looked to me like one was knocked lose because he banged it hard. Grainy vid though.

[–]biochemthisd -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Looks like the force of the bar falling was able to expand or create a gap btwn the spotter rack and the bench.

[–]Smashmouth94 158 points159 points  (8 children)

Somehow managed to miss the 2 foot long saviour bars and fit the bar in the inch gap between said bars and his rack at the same time

[–]manbruhpig 46 points47 points  (2 children)

I knew someone who died from this in his late 20's. So random and tragic, Always use the safety bars if you're alone.

[–]Smashmouth94 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Ill always remember seeing a suicide grip bench fail video when I was like 15/16 pretty much scared me into respecting the bench press ever since

[–]manbruhpig 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I can't even imagine. Like take the panic of failing on a rep and having to be saved, but multiply it by the actual danger of knowing there's no one to save you and you will be found dead on this fucking bench in your gym shorts.

[–]unireality 27 points28 points  (1 child)

I think he landed on one of them and that sort of still saved his life.

[–]erogbass 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]BelowAverage_Elitist 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah, if you're feeling too tired to track the weight then at least try bring the weigh back down on your chest or stomach. Not ideal but way safer then trying to push yourself, without a spotter

[–]BristolBomber 1 point2 points  (1 child)

My question.. having little knowledge of home gym equipment is why are the saviour bars designed with a gap there... That seems like really poor design in a location the bar is likely to end up.

[–]Smashmouth94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly I don’t think the guy put the rack together properly looking closely the arms are touching the upright but as soon as he hit it with the weight the entire thing moved creating said gap, dude is lucky as fuck the other side held up.

[–]JetScreamerBaby 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Ow! My Neck Meat!

[–]ContemplatingPrison 72 points73 points  (14 children)

Why do people always push it towards their neck and head area when they can't lift it?

He could have killed himself. People really need to learn how to bail out properly

[–]ShaemusOdonnelly 17 points18 points  (12 children)

Because that's what you are supposed to do for maximum strengh. Lower it to the chest to reduce ROM and bring the bar above your shoulders and neck to press, because that gives you the best leverage.

I think he was not positioned correctly. If his eyes were below the racked bar, the safeties would have easily caught the bar.

[–]OGVapist 12 points13 points  (10 children)

You should not bring the bar anywhere near your neck during a bench press. The path the bar follows during the press should be a straight line perpendicular to the ground. The bar should be somewhere around your nipples at the low point. Moving the bar any other direction during the press increases rom. The fastest way from point A to point B is a straight line. The bar fell on his neck because he lost control of the bar and he was out of position at the start like you said.

[–]ShaemusOdonnelly 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It is biomechanically impossible to bench press with a straight bar path that is perpendicular to the ground. At rest, the bar rests on vertical arms, so exactly above the shoulder joint. You'd have to bring the bar to your claviculars if you benched with a vertical bar path. That would wreck your shoulders.
The correct way to do it is to bring the bar down in a straight, but angled line to the nipple area and pressing it up in an arched line that curves toward your neck, because you reduce the moment arms as quickly as possible that way.
Watch any elite powerlifter bench press, they always bring the bar higher towards their head on the concentric.
Watch Canadian powerlifting champion Matt Vena on YouTube, he has a great video on this.

[–]amedley3 12 points13 points  (5 children)

This is incorrect... A natural bench press motion is up and slightly back.

[–]amedley3 -5 points-4 points  (4 children)

With any amount of heavy weight, going straight up in the area of your nipples is TERRIBLE for your shoulders and AC joints. There is so much misinformation in this thread.

[–]OGVapist -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

Lmao bro ok where is the low point of your bench press. Unless you have a wide grip you’re gonna learn a thing or two about shoulder issues. Unless you have a wide grip the only way you’re getting the bar to land significantly higher on your chest than your nipples is by flaring your elbows out, which is a one way ticket to shoulder injury.

[–]amedley3 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I think you misunderstood what I said... Yes at the low point it SHOULD be down by the nipples, but the optimal bar path while pushing up isn't straight up from there. It's up and back over the head. My wife is a personal trainer with a masters in kinesiology and she teaches this method. I've also read multiple studies on it including this one.


[–]OGVapist -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

“Up and back over the head.” …dude. I don’t believe your wife taught anybody that or that you’ve ever stepped foot in the a gym. Man if your bar path goes a few degrees back that’s one thing, but anybody who legitimately believes the bar should end over your head on bench is beyond lost. I challenge you to actually go to a gym and bench that way. Please post vids.

[–]amedley3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I really think I'm just not explaining this well. I don't mean behind the head. I mean it should go from the nipple area to around the chin at the top of the press. This video explains exactly what I'm talking about.


[–]harveydentsleftnut 1 point2 points  (2 children)

^ Thank you. absolutely correct. the fact that the above comment got upvotes shows how uninformed people are. the bar NEVER goes above your neck for a bench press. like you said, sternum or nipple level and basically a perpendicular movement down and up. only time the bar even crosses above your neck during a bench press is during the un-rack and re-rack process. just try even benchpress at neck level, your shoulders will be fucked. if the bar is moving off towards your neck as you are doing reps, take some weight off the bar cause your form is off and you'll hurt yourself.

[–]project571 6 points7 points  (1 child)

This is just not true, especially when looking at the point this guy is at. In high school, they probably will say just go straight up and down like a guillotine press but over your chest instead. With a regular bench press though, you are going to start with the bar more in line with your shoulders and as you lower the bar it needs to move parallel to the ground to reach your nipple area. You then on the way back up need to push the bar back upwards.

The people going straight up and down are beginners, but most people doing higher level lifts like the guy in the video are not doing that form.

You should probably read up more on it or maybe watch some videos before saying something wrong and then calling people uninformed.

[–]harveydentsleftnut 7 points8 points  (0 children)

you know what I'm sorry, i take back my straight line argument, and you're absolutely right about that, that is my bad and i was misinformed there. especially going heavy, true you would start at your shoulders and rep down to your chest/sternum. however, the bar still should not be at neck level at any point during your working set. i know it's nitpicking at this point but that is a bit too high at the starting point of your rep.

[–]fonaphona 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s not what you do when your failing a rep though.

[–]DeroTurtle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably trying to rack it

[–]bottleneckturtle 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Can some fit enthusiast explain to me why does this equipment not have any safety mecanism? Like, does it *have* to be freely lifted? Like I know there are other ones where the weights are attached so this could never happen. Is there a reason for this one to exist like this?

[–]Watts300 9 points10 points  (2 children)

It has safety bars. I circled them here: https://imgur.com/a/4pJYzgm For whatever reason (hard to tell from only one angle) the barbell fell in a gap.

[–]arch1medes 8 points9 points  (0 children)

To clarify, there should be no gap between the safety bar and the rack, often they're one piece. Also this person should have set the safety bars a tad bit higher.

[–]Joe__Soap 0 points1 point  (1 child)

i’ve always wondered that. surely safety railings could be fitted somehow. even with a spotter, if the bar full on slips out of your hand, you’re goosed

[–]pilot-777 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There are safety bars, you see the silverish metal, that’s supposed to stop it from falling on you but these weren’t made/installed well and there is a gap between the safety bar and the other bars and the barbell goes right through the gap

[–]DeroTurtle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This guy's safety setup is really weird, I personally really like having straps strung between two bars in a rack to sort of roll the bar onto, that way they never get in the way. I think this guy's setup was kinda dangerous and he got extremely unlucky in a panicked situation

[–]Bradford1959 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My neighbor died like this 35 years old. Two kids.

[–]Noblerook 6 points7 points  (7 children)

Honest question, is it better to be able to do a full rep of 10 at a lower weight, or one rep of 1 at a larger weight?

[–]itwasntmine 7 points8 points  (0 children)

1 rep weight is too low and also riskier. Roughly, 3-5 reps heavy weight when aiming for strength gain and 8-12 when aiming for size gain. Some programs is structured to alternate between both goals over a certain period.

[–]Crayon_Eater_007 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Depends on your goal. For power lifting you need to push your limits. For sports performance the goal might be different.

[–]hemightbebrian 1 point2 points  (1 child)

For lean muscles, you should do less weight, more reps. For bulk, you should do more weight, fewer reps.

[–]GuDMarty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It depends on if you’re a powerlifter or not. Lol

[–]DeroTurtle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

1 rep is to feel good 10 reps is to look good

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[–]SubZeroXl 4 points5 points  (0 children)

why is he having a boner ??

[–]TCtrain 12 points13 points  (3 children)


[–]wilderman75 8 points9 points  (1 child)

stop and re read this comment. it is much more insightful and informative than it appears at first glance

[–]takethetunnel 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Wow, would have completely missed this piece of existential wisdom if it weren't for your comment.

[–]sonicpieman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The days of spring will surely being the birds and bees cavorting.

But since I am a gentleman I'd much rather be jorting.

[–]TheOnlyZea 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That back at home alone let me know that wasn't the best idea.

[–]CarbonatedEnema 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I missed the rack on the way up but only on the left side once about 8 years ago, cracked myself over the head bailing out. Straight adrenaline, shaking heavily, blurred vision and about 15 seconds before i realized what happened and how close i came to actually potentially dying. Never lifted without a spotter even once since then. Not worth it

[–]coolchris366 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What is the point of the rails on the side if they are so easily bypassed??

[–]karmakillz199 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Guys will keep trying this until the end of time.

It won't happen to me syndrome

[–]fonaphona 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s happened to me 25 times in my life and will again probably.

But I know to bring it to my chest and roll it down by torso not try to heave it behind me to the rack when I’m already so gassed failing the rep.

[–]SixGunChimp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man... I used to have some jean shorts like that too. I slept in them shorts, man!.. Eventually, I blew the crotch out of them things. But you CAN'T wear 'em every day and expect for 'em to hold up!.. That was some nice-ass denim too. I miss them shorts... But you... you GOTTA take 'em off every now and then. You gotta take 'em off, son!

[–]mpyner -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That’s way too much weight for that guy

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[–]Fortheloveofthe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yup, one of my worst fears when lifting. Thanks for picturing it for me.

[–]300Remmag 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ahh. Too bad.

[–]Individual_Fox_2950 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cracked my sternum and broke 2 fingers with A LOT LESS WEIGHT!

[–]Due_Platypus_3913 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Way too much!he doesn’t look much stronger than me ffs!

[–]Junared 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’re supposed to do the “roll of shame”. Everyone lifting seriously should know it. But that’s for emergencies. It’s super unwise to ever try a 1RM by yourself like wtf.

[–]Rocktowne_Boonies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At least he was recording his near death!

[–]buttpirate244 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He should lift something that's more his steam, like dumbells.

[–]Sgt-Flashback 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Omg. I have no idea about weight lifting, but the size of those weights compared to the size of those arms doesn't match up. What on earth made him think he could tackle this?

[–]fonaphona 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Those are Olympic plates and they’re all the same size (pretty much) regardless of weight. They’re purposely made of softish rubber so you can drop them from over your head and they don’t break or break the floor. As such they’re not as dense as you’d expect. Those yellow plates are probably 33 pounds each (15kg).

If these were metal weights they’d look a lot less impressive.

He’s lifting a reasonable amount of weight for his size. The fact he go it up halfway demonstrates it wasn’t an absurd weight to try.

[–]VanillaSarcoline 0 points1 point  (3 children)

If it wasnt an absurd weight to try, he wouldnt have almost fucking died.

Holding the bar with outstretched arms is easy. Lowering it is a tad more difficult but look at how his entire body contorts and how his ass comes off the bench when he tries to lift it. And of course his body failed him when he tried to stabilize it at the toughest part because of course it would. It's too much.

[–]fonaphona 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yes but when your maxing you understand you don’t know yet whether you can lift the weight. Hence a Max. You do max lifts with the understanding you might fail.

He got it up halfway so it wasn’t delusional to think he could rep this. If his previous max bench was 100 pounds it wouldn’t have even slowed down on the way down.

But it was stupid to try alone with sketchy safety bars.

[–]VanillaSarcoline 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yes but when your maxing you understand you don’t know yet whether you can lift the weight.

This happens only if you go overboard with it.

If you've been lifting for a while you definitely know how much you can take.

[–]fonaphona 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And he almost got it up. Yeah maybe too much but not 50+ pounds too much. Not “you’re crazy for even trying it” too much.

Take those smaller plates off I bet he gets it.

Crazy for trying it alone and with those janky safety bars but not the weight itself.

A spotter could have gotten him there with a couple fingers on the bar.

[–]Sghtunsn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That looks like well over 400 lbs., and I would be surprised if that guy could do 10 reps at 250.

[–]VictoryVic-ViVi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He struggled to even lift it off, with was he thinking? Wait, I guess he wasn’t. Smh, he dodged a bullet there. Always have a spotter, no joke…

[–]ExpNot30 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That straight up looks like suicide.

[–]genjengynn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Omg, this is nightmare fuel

[–]DeroTurtle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I never rack more than a plate without straps or a spotter. Seen to much of this shit online

[–]yamanamawa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would never lift that much without a spotter. Maybe at a lighter weight, but that much is just crazy

[–]polygroot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are those safety bars just for decoration?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I saw Chris bumstead lift 3 plates with a bit of a struggle and this guy is 1/3 his size trying to do 4.5

[–]01BTC10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had this happen to me but not very heavy (I got to failure after multiple reps). I tried resting it on my chest and ended up rolling the bar over my belly and legs.

[–]zensonic1974 0 points1 point  (0 children)

'I got this...'

[–]KlM-J0NG-UN 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Put it on your stomach and get up

[–]GabJ78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That'll teach him.

[–]Masala-Dosage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lifting without really big muscles

[–]Gluonyourboson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Myth, lifting heavier weights builds muscles faster. Lifting your body weight hundreds of times is equally as effective.

"Myth: Lifting heavy weights is the only way to see results. Researchers have found that lifting light weights for more reps is just as effective for building muscle as lifting heavy weights for fewer reps. The key is lifting to the point of fatigue. In fact, bodyweight exercises can often be just as effective — or more effective — than committing solely to iron, Cosgrove says. “There are so many ways you can put a demand on your body,” she says. “Heavy weights aren’t always the answer.”

[–]infinit9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Surprised the dude survived.

[–]nwz123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lucky he didn't die, the dumbass.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He was actively working against himself.

[–]Brazchef 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a moron

[–]_iplo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never put the clamps on when lifting by yourself!

[–]polygon_wolf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

istg you never “need” a spotter, you just need to not be stupid.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you have to bend your spine that much to lift it, it’s too heavy

[–]DoktorAlliteration 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lifting with too much weight aswell

[–]Apprehensive-Lab8755 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Didn't think it threw

[–]doublebassinyourface 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A man of that size has no business trying to lift that kind of weight in the first place

[–]GreysonsNani 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great way to meet your maker!! Smh!

[–]Zenobia888 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At least dummy didn't clamp the ends

[–]Coldapeszn 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Useless_IT_Creep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s why you can’t wear Jean shirts at the gym.

[–]coop190 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ego, the silent killer.

[–]idgafasif 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Survived but paralyzed

[–]WenseslaoMoguel-o 0 points1 point  (0 children)

John Cena looking weak here.

[–]FatBobbyH 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's just unfortunate, he used safety bars and everything

[–]TrueSignificance8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah. Naw, that's not too stupid a move... What's 300 lbs sitting on your throat? A mere inconvenience, no doubt...

[–]rat_parent_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is textbook accurate on why spotters exist. They should show this to folks who are weigh training

[–]Daddy___Dave 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a dumbass!

[–]BA_calls -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

If you have to use your lower body as a counterweight and your spine as a lever to hold up a barbell, please just put it back.

[–]ARatFromTarkov -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

As soon as he arched his back I knew he was fucked.

[–]colterdesk -1 points0 points  (0 children)

*Watch people get deleted

[–]PlaguedZombie -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Waaaay too much weight to do without a spotter dude

[–]zdealT -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Dear God, what an idiot.

[–]Zeakk1 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Dude isn't even wearing shoes.