I Almost Killed a Guy at the Gym Today - Click Here to Read How

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    Aug 11, 2011 6:00 AM GMT
    So today I was walking past a leg press machine at the gym. It looks like this:

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    Normally, I would remember only see about 5 or 6 45lbs weights on each side of it. This time I saw 9 45lbs weights on each side so that would be 18 45lbs weights making the total 810lbs plus the weight of the moving piece itself. Thats a lot of weight!! Now I am sure there are guys out there who can do this much weight since the bar thing still had some space to fit in more plates. I mean, they wouldn't had made it so long if it was impossible to use right? I've just never seen it myself.

    I literally stop and went "Whoaaaa...." then I looked down and saw some guy sitting in position ready to release and press these suckers up. He looked up at my and gave me nod which I had no idea what it meant but took the opportunity to talk to him. So I said to him "That's hardcore" and he responded with "Yeah". I was a little skeptical that was actually able to press that because he looked like he was about 5'10" and 160lbs max. I followed with "90 degrees?" He paused for a couple of seconds and responded "Yeah." I asked him if I could watch because I've never seen someone press so much weight and he said "Yeah". I know, he isn't much of a talker and probably wanted me to leave him alone but I don't see this everyday so had to watch.

    I watched as he took deep breathes, carefully position his feet, pressed up and released safety things. He slowly bent his knees at which point I was thinking "wow thats impressive" until he was bent at 90 degrees and just paused in that position. I looked him and he was changing colors from white to pink to bright red. His body started to tremble. I run up and try to push the damn weights up so that he can escape. Unfortunately for him I cannot lift 810lbs. At this point I was thinking SHIT he is going to be crushed to death. He fully bent his legs and the thing came down (it almost knocked me over too because I was trying to push it up) and made a loud "CHONK!!" noise. There was a safety stopper!!!! He wasn't flatten under the weights!!

    I asked him if he was okay and he said yeah and was playing it cool. He got up and started taking the weights off. I helped him because I felt bad and continued on my way afterwards.

    I got to the dumbbell rack which is front of mirror and saw him reload the leg press machine with 18 plates, AGAIN!!!! I had to watch again because its like watching a train wreck but this time I did it from a distance. He was able to do his leg presses.... except he was only bending his knees to a 160 degrees angle. Oppps.

    Anyways, that was my scare of the day.

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    Aug 11, 2011 6:13 AM GMT
    Those Leg Press machines can be death traps, well at least a good way to lose your legs. One time I heard from my coach about someone doing too much weight (wow really?!) and their feet were mispositioned. Slipped into the space and I think they were either sliced off or everything below was severed and couldn't be used again. The guy survived though...
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    Aug 11, 2011 6:21 AM GMT
    At the gym where I workout, the foot plate is split so each leg works independently. I don't use it every time I work out, and I'm not meticulous about keeping track, but I think the most I ever put on each side was significantly less than 2x my own weight
  • kew1

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    Aug 11, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    Someone phoned up the local radio station (when they asked for gym tales) & said he'd been pinned to the seat with his knees by his ears when he tried to do the same weight as the woman who'd been just using it. 1st time at gym & had to be helped to escape after they heard his cry for help.
  • geebus

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    Aug 11, 2011 6:44 AM GMT
    Ahahahhaha! That's so funny!
    Yeah I once had someone following me on leg press, and he couldn't be arsed to rerack my weights (I would've done so but he insisted it'd be ok), why followed was a similar scenario to the one you described, except my legs were burnt and I couldn't do a thing for the poor bastard hahahaha, good times.
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    Aug 11, 2011 6:48 AM GMT
    Jesus, I always think these things are going to happen and I'm going to have to help. Well, not with supporting the weight because that's not going to happen but the aftermath when they crush their pelvis and start hemorrhaging...

    PS - Glad you are okay


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    Aug 11, 2011 7:32 AM GMT
    That's some crazy ass shit.

    I'm doing 45 degree leg presses right now (which is the machine pictured). I don't attempt to do too much weight as it's a ton of pressure on my knees. When I was really pushing legs I was having a lot of pain in my knees from time to time. Now I only do legs like once a week LOL.

    The guy who mentioned someone having their body severed in 2 must have been doing calf stands on the machine without having the saftey pushed in.

    This story would have made a great, "1,000 ways to die" that comes on Spike LOL.
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    Aug 11, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    I seriously thought you cast the killing curse on him. I found this humorous because of your username. Me apologizes.

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    Aug 11, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
    Soulasphyxi saidI seriously thought you cast the killing curse on him. I found this humorous because of your username. Me apologizes.

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    this, but i was hoping you used the elder wand while doing it, through a mirror, backwards, while doing handstand pushups, on one hand, after walking to the gym, through the snow, uphill, both ways.

    damn. i think my blood sugar is low. i should go eat now. it's going to be a long day.
  • Spiritreaver

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    Aug 11, 2011 11:01 AM GMT
    Great, thanks for this. *crosses leg presses out of his workout for tomorrow*
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:13 AM GMT
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    This is a picture of me in 2008 doing leg presses with 4 100 lb plates, 22 45 lb plates and a mexican guy who was working out at the gym.

    This was during my competitive days.
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:24 AM GMT
    I've done 18 45s, 3 sets, 8 reps each. It's not bad at all... just make sure to wa up before you do them.
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:25 AM GMT
    I've done 18 45s, 3 sets, 8 reps each. It's not bad at all... just make sure to wa up before you do them.
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:33 AM GMT
    I would have been happy for Avekedavra just to come talk to me at the gym icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:38 AM GMT
    hey heading out of this world with your legs up and over isn't so bad...
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:53 AM GMT
    He only did it to impress you. Was he hot? Get his number and tell him you have something else that you want pressed at 90 degrees does that even make sense?
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:53 AM GMT
    love doing heavy leg presses. My last set I am up to 9 and half plates on each side and do about 8 reps after doing 4 prior sets starting at 6 plates. To me its mind over matter and yes I do them properly but I have seen guys hardly bend their knees at all or only do it halfway.
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    Aug 11, 2011 11:54 AM GMT
    OUCH! Damn and this why I get scared during leg exercises!! icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 11, 2011 12:01 PM GMT
    LOL
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    Aug 11, 2011 12:07 PM GMT
    I think my response to him would have been

    "You twat!"
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    Aug 11, 2011 12:15 PM GMT
    I don't think you almost killed him as much as his pride almost did after you asked "90 degrees?".... Hilarious story though.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 11, 2011 12:17 PM GMT
    The whole thing sounds a little unfortunate, sounds like an aimless egodriven event. I use quite a bit of weight with my leg press, but its been developed over a period of years. Were there any trainers around?
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    Aug 11, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
    Not condoning using too much weight and getting in trouble in this situation, but sometimes folks do small range of motion because of knee or other joint issues. Then more weights can be used with the limited range of motion exercises. In general, I wouldn't judge someone without knowing all the facts.
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 11, 2011 12:54 PM GMT
    It's all about thinning the herd. Time will get him. It will be part of final destination 6-Gym Stories.
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    Aug 11, 2011 12:59 PM GMT
    Ridiculous. That BS will get you a lot of dirty looks and people calling you a db at my gym. A young guy loaded up too much wt on the Smith machine and all the weight came crashing down to the floor. Made the most thunderous sound I've EVER heard. Scared the shit out of everyone. We thought someone had died. When will people get that you're NOT impressing anyone!