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Kevin89
09-17-2006, 10:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSJCDcAKShA
*somewhat graphic*

Remember guys always wrap your thumbs around the bar

SkinnySadMan
09-18-2006, 01:08 AM
Umm... W.T.F. ?!?!?!?

Why..... I hope the dude is okay... actually I highly doubt he is okay.

taco
09-18-2006, 01:49 AM
Ouch! I wonder how much weight that was?

The guy could have killed himself had it landed on his neck.

bloodninja
09-18-2006, 02:02 AM
oh my god...why didn't he have his thumbs around the bar?

Nicoman
09-18-2006, 02:46 AM
Looks like 295 2 45 pound weights with 1 35 on each side...plus the bar.

SaVvY
09-18-2006, 06:50 AM
it works for some, but this dude tilted his hands without any chalk on them - he may as well have asked someone to shoot him in the ass

djreef
09-18-2006, 10:51 AM
Good thing he had a spotter - it could have been much worse:rolleyes: .

DJ

Flactoid
09-18-2006, 10:58 AM
Ouch. IMO, suicide grip on bench is flat-out stupid. The "benefits" of more isolation and what not are negligible compared to the risks, like dropping the weight like this clown did.

Bob
09-18-2006, 11:16 AM
You get what you ask for...
No spotter could have helped him from that pain...

Benji
09-18-2006, 11:32 AM
What an idiot, really..

Sidior
09-18-2006, 11:38 AM
Ouch. IMO, suicide grip on bench is flat-out stupid. The "benefits" of more isolation and what not are negligible compared to the risks, like dropping the weight like this clown did.

Suicide grip also puts alot less stress on your wrists. That would have nothing to do with isolation at all.

Nosaj
09-18-2006, 11:49 AM
Use a regular grip w/ wrist wraps. We have opposable thumbs for a reason, use em'.

Sidior
09-18-2006, 12:08 PM
Use a regular grip w/ wrist wraps. We have opposable thumbs for a reason, use em'.

I agree normal grip is safer, but suicide grip is a valid choice as long as it is used correctly. Not everyone has access to or wants to use wraps.

RickTheDestroyer
09-18-2006, 12:25 PM
I think in Starting Strength Mark Rippetoe said that something like roughly 10 people die each year (in the US?) from dropping bench presses on themselves.
This would be why I bench in a power rack.

Nik00117
09-18-2006, 12:38 PM
Poor bastard. I train without a power rack however, if I feel that I am about to fail, I quit and get a spotter.

Beast
09-18-2006, 12:42 PM
I started using a thumbless grip 3 years ago once my wrists started bothering me after heavy benching. Since then I've benched up to 325 and haven't had any wrist problems.

Shark
09-18-2006, 01:09 PM
i agree with beast. I got to the point where i couldn't comfortably bench becasue of wrist pain. I use suicide grip exclusivly now, no spot.

500squat
09-18-2006, 02:04 PM
Ouch, poor guy....hope he is okay!

Nosaj
09-18-2006, 02:20 PM
I have naturally bad wrists. I broke my elbow when I was 14 and have a lot of scar tissue still, which has thrown my whole arm off giving me wrist problems. After all the videos I've seen of people getting owned by sui grip, I refuse to ever switch. Wrist wraps work perfectly fine, prevents all wrist inflamation. To each his own though, and if you're careful enough to use sui grip and prevent injury, power to ya.

f=ma
09-18-2006, 02:47 PM
wrist wraps on bench is a terrible idea. if you fail w/o a spotter for any number of reasons, what are you going to do with the bar with your hands wrapped around it? i use thumbless too, no problems.. yet

Bohizzle
09-18-2006, 02:52 PM
f=ma, not straps, but wraps, to support ur wrist.

Nosaj
09-18-2006, 02:57 PM
f=ma, not straps, but wraps, to support ur wrist.

:withstupi

Sensei
09-18-2006, 02:59 PM
I feel really sorry for the guy. That really shouldn't happen no matter what kind of grip you're using.

My guess is that he was using a bar w. frozen sleeves that don't rotate freely and the bar just rotated out of his hands - I don't know... Either that, or it was a just a freak accident and he twitched or something on a max attempt.

I hope he was ok.

growthrep
09-18-2006, 04:16 PM
Oh My God! He was almost decapitated! Damn! Be careful out there.

KingWilder
09-18-2006, 05:37 PM
*cringes*

damn, I kept waiting for it to happen...and then it did

dw06wu
09-18-2006, 07:58 PM
it landed on his chest, he'll be fine. if it lands on your neck, you're dead.

RickTheDestroyer
09-18-2006, 09:12 PM
it landed on his chest, he'll be fine. if it lands on your neck, you're dead.
...and if it lands on your face, then you'd wish you were. Yikes.

toki
09-18-2006, 11:47 PM
a real strong man would catch it in his teeth, stand up, and re-rack in a good mornin-esque precedure.

edit: yeah. I spelled stuff wrong. not going to fix it.

Nosaj
09-19-2006, 03:35 AM
a real strong man would catch it in his teeth, stand up, and re-rack in a good mornin-esque precedure.

What use would a real strong man have for teeth? He would bash them out so he would have to swallow his food whole, because chewing would only limit his daily caloric intake. ;)

voodazz
09-19-2006, 06:48 PM
This is why I prefer dumbells.

GoodThings
09-20-2006, 10:27 AM
This was a bad accident. I think the sleeves were frozen up, or one of them even. Its pretty rare for this kind of accident, if people have been doing this for awhile. He maybe just started getting into the new grip form fairly recently.

As far as "it could have hit his neck", it couldn't. the bar can only fall forward, in front of your arms, so it moreover falls hard onto your armpits or chest area. I guess if it fell awkwardly it could smash your jaw.

I'm very surprised that accidents like this don't often result in terrible injury. I've heard of people dropping 225+ on themselves and walking it off and continue their lifting.

There is another vid of a guy in a meet dropping atleast 400 on himself like this, and he walked away ok also.

GoodThings
09-20-2006, 10:28 AM
This is why I prefer dumbells.


I'm not sure what you mean. This accident only happened because of his grip type. Most people grip around the bar with their thumbs, so there needs to be no fear of this type of accident.

I've injured myself many more times using dumbells! They can rotate backwards and really put a tear in your shoulder too.

I feel MUCH safer with a barbell.

MantiXX
09-20-2006, 02:04 PM
RACK for me.. I train alone in my garage, so the new rack is GREAT for squats, chins, deads and benching.....

Peace out...

manowar669
09-20-2006, 06:01 PM
This looks worse, 600lbs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIjKrUaryCA&NR

I train in a rack, but I don't have a partner.

Beast
09-20-2006, 07:28 PM
This looks worse, 600lbs.
That guy didn't look anywhere near being prepared to handle that weight.

miken5254
09-20-2006, 09:48 PM
This looks worse, 600lbs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIjKrUaryCA&NR

I train in a rack, but I don't have a partner.
Were the spotters sleeping?

Goodwinm
09-21-2006, 02:16 AM
what mike said. The're supposed to be there for a reason.