First, let me say that my heart and prayers go out to the friends and families affected by this death, I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. A man has sadly died in a tragic weightlifting accident that occurred in Des Moines, Iowa. From what I have heard, the fatal incident happened when he was bench pressing, one of the more dangerous moves that you can perform. As I heard about the death in Des Moines, it reminded me just how important it is to know your own limits. I’ve had two particular close calls with weightlifting injuries and one of those involved the bench press. No matter how strong you think that you are, it is always advisable to have someone with you.
The spotter that you take with you to the gym doesn’t have to hover over you the whole time, you can even just have that person close by. It is rare that accidents like this happen, but when they do it is heartbreaking. It makes news like this even harder to hear, when you learn about all of the accolades and general good words that he had attained for himself throughout his life. Do not think that it is embarrassing or it means that you are weak because you use a spotter, quite the contrary as it is a smart caution to make sure you take care of. I’ve seen it to be accepted as the general attitude that a spotter means you aren’t tough, which couldn’t be more untrue. If you are a loner, just ask someone to help you, most likely they will. If you are determined to complete your big lift and no one will help you, call it a day early. It’s better to play it safe than to risk everything to finish one more set, it’s just not worth it.
Also, if no one that you asks wants to help you while working out, I would consider going to a gym where people are nicer! Many are leaving heartfelt comments on this man’s social media pages and you can really see the love that he had in his life. I’m not very good at tributes, as I did not know this man personally, but from what I’ve seen, he lived a life that many would have envied. Being a star athlete and an all-around good guy, this only makes this tragedy that much more sad. Also, if it is possible, try to always use weightlifting equipment that allows you to rack the weight, should you run into a bad situation.
Bring A Friend, Safety First!
I used to not pay attention to which machines had auto racking capabilities, never thinking about them until I grew older. Now, I couldn’t imagine my workout without those machines, as they have definitely come in handy more than once. I can think back on a time where I had a muscle cramp, midway through my bench, and if that machine hadn’t caught the weight, I could have been in a very bad situation. I hope that we see all of the great technology available in the world to come up with something for weightlifting equipment so tragedies like this never have to happen again. I’m not sure that there even is a way to make this kind of technology something that could be applied feasibly but I am optimistic.