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22 year old crushed to death by barbell

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sad news - even had spotters:

Iowa State student crushed to death by 315 lbs after barbell slips.

Authorities say a 22-year-old man has died after a barbell slipped from his grasp and crushed his neck at a gym in central Iowa. The accident occurred Monday morning at Elite Edge Transformation Center in Ankeny, about 10 miles north of Des Moines.

A spokesman for the center, Mark Yontz, said Thursday that Kyle Thomson was bench-pressing 315 pounds when the barbell slipped. Ankeny Fire Chief James Clack says the barbell fell on Thomson’s neck.

Clack says a fire ambulance took Thomson to a Des Moines hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Yontz says there were spotters watching Thomson on the bench. Iowa State University spokeswoman Annette Hacker says Thomson was a student there and lived in Pleasant Hill.

Iowa student crushed to death by 315 lbs after barbell slips - NY Daily News
 

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This is very sad. My sincere respects to his family.
 

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very sad. I can't even imagine how horrible that is for the family and those spotters must just feel terrible. So much life to live yet. RIP
 

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This is especially scary because it could happen to any of us. Very sad. Way too young to go. :(
 

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Sad

This is a really sad story. I have questioned the usefulness of many spotters I have seen in my gym over the years.
 

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Rest in peace, get gains or die trying literally
 

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I will bet that he didn't have his thumbs wrapped around the bar.
Sad situation. Be careful guys. This is a issue.
 

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well shit.. that's pretty awful
 

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not the spotters fault.....its these kids using a false or thumbless grip
and not knowing wtf they are doing....

spotters have no time to react to a tenth of a second, which is
probably all it took...

ill put money on he was using a thumbless grip.

regardless....its just a sad thing to happen,
and never should have happen....

:(
 

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There was a kid at my high school that I recall dieing from pretty much the exact same way, I remember hearing about it because I grew up in such a small town.
 

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I will bet that he didn't have his thumbs wrapped around the bar.
Sad situation. Be careful guys. This is a issue.
not the spotters fault.....its these kids using a false or thumbless grip
and not knowing wtf they are doing....

spotters have no time to react to a tenth of a second, which is
probably all it took...

ill put money on he was using a thumbless grip.

regardless....its just a sad thing to happen,
and never should have happen....

:(
I've been ding this since the beginning of my lifting career, time to change it up.

RIP to this young man and his family.
 

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not the spotters fault.....its these kids using a false or thumbless grip
and not knowing wtf they are doing....

spotters have no time to react to a tenth of a second, which is
probably all it took...

ill put money on he was using a thumbless grip.

regardless....its just a sad thing to happen,
and never should have happen....

:(
The guy I trained with for years uses that "suicide grip"....and to make it worse his hands sweat like crazy..... AND he uses no gloves....
 

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this is why i dont bench press.
and also because it doesnt do shit for my chest development.
 

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Between pec years, destroying rotator cuffs and possibly this scenario happening to you..i see no need to bench unless youre a powerlifter.
 

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Between pec years, destroying rotator cuffs and possibly this scenario happening to you..i see no need to bench unless youre a powerlifter.
Other than the fact that, for many people, the bench presses (both flat and incline) are the best overall mass-builders in existence! :)
 

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I wish more gyms had this type of bench. The lever arm pops forward so you don't have to deal with the rotator cuff strain and bar spin from a lift-off. Anthony Clark (the reverse grip presser) designed it.


Auto Spot Prone Bench
 

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