Teen Dies After Being Crushed By Weights While Bench Pressing

  • barefootlover

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    Nov 10, 2017 1:18 AM GMT
    https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/teen-ben-shaw-crushed-after-bench-pressing?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=paid

    Never bench press without a spotter.
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Nov 10, 2017 1:53 AM GMT
    Oh, man. That's terrible. That kid was only fifteen years old. RIP
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    Nov 10, 2017 3:08 AM GMT
    barefootlover saidhttps://www.menshealth.com/fitness/teen-ben-shaw-crushed-after-bench-pressing?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=paid

    Never bench press without a spotter.


    There are ways to press without a spotter.
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Nov 10, 2017 5:03 AM GMT
    In the article is gives some advice on how to workout safely without a spotter. In the case of benching the article suggested using dumbbells instead.

    I really like benching this way. I hoist up 120lb dumbbells and do my sets by myself and when I fail I just toss them out to the side.

  • Nov 11, 2017 5:41 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidIn the article is gives some advice on how to workout safely without a spotter. In the case of benching the article suggested using dumbbells instead.

    I really like benching this way. I hoist up 120lb dumbbells and do my sets by myself and when I fail I just toss them out to the side.


    Smart idea. Sounds like the weightlifting equivalent of rollerskating on a path with grass on either side. If you need to bail, you can just 'walk' off the path usually regardless of your speed.
  • bro4bro

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    Nov 11, 2017 6:01 PM GMT
    This is something that happens every now and again, and not just to inexperienced teenagers. Years ago a friend of a friend died this way. He was benching alone in his basement. His wife went down to call him to dinner and found him dead with the bar across his neck.

    Another friend had a near miss. He was taking the bar off the rack and it slipped right out of his hands and bounced off his chest, bruising a few ribs. He had a spotter but there's no way the guy could have grabbed it in time; it happened very quickly and unexpectedly.

    You think it'll never happen, until it does.
  • fitartistsf

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    Nov 11, 2017 8:10 PM GMT
    That's why it's so important to learn form first… You get your form down first, start light, and add weight as you get stronger. Don't try to copy the big guys in the gym because this is what will happen…
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    Nov 13, 2017 6:40 AM GMT
    When I was going to gym and could still lift, I stopped doing barbell bench press years ago. I thought it ineffective and clumsy to have a spotter for the amount of weight I should not be lifting (showing off).

    After my lower back sciatica, during physical therapy, the dumbbell bench press is much more effective for building pecs and chest

    And safer...Now I use dumbells while laying on a exercise ball, at home

    Very sad 15 year old trying to lift and show off more than he could handle, but im sure many guys do this to impress icon_confused.gif



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  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 13, 2017 12:54 PM GMT
    Well I could chalk this up as another valid reason for abandoning the sport of bodybuilding entirely!
  • barefootlover

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    Nov 13, 2017 1:37 PM GMT
    I prefer dumbbells over barbells, too.
  • Derrick_Rigg

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    Nov 13, 2017 6:27 PM GMT
    Had a huge powerlifter buddy benching around 600 and had his goofy brother-in-law spotting him. The guy is not even watching my buddy and the weight falls on this adam's apple/throat. He couldn't talk for a week after that!

    You can't have such a thing in the gym. Only got injured one time when a German guy who was a model asked to workout with me. He dropped a 45-pound plate on my foot!!!
  • ai82

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    Nov 13, 2017 10:39 PM GMT
    Another option is a smith machine if your gym has one. Feel bad for the guy. Another reason to go to a gym where they have associates that make regular rounds.
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 13, 2017 11:12 PM GMT
    I've seen newbie's lift under the bar without a spot way too often. I try to keep an eye out for them when I see it. Once watched as a skinny kid started to fail under the bar and dumped it off to the side. He hadn't clamped the weights so they just slid off and then the bar went flying in the other direction. No one was hurt but a scary scene. I try to always warn guys asking for gym plans here to stay away from the bar until they're know what they're doing. DB's work fine, especially for a newbie.