It’s finally Friday, and you can’t wait to get to the gym for another intense workout like you always do.
But before you start banging out those weights on a newfangled routine you saw, it’s always good to stay safe in the gym and not try any risky or dangerous moves, especially if you don’t have a spotter. Gym accidents can happen at anytime when you least expect it, and there have been several that have occurred around the world that led to serious injury or even death. And you definitely don’t want a Final Destination (WARNING: NSFW) type scenario happening to you, do you?
So before you attempt doing that risky leg press movement, an unnecessarily complex routine, or even just bench pressing without a spotter, take a look at some scary gym accidents that were reported over the years, and be extra careful!
Bench Press Gone Wrong #1
Kyle Thomson was a criminal justice student at Iowa State before an unfortunate gym accident led to his death.
Thomson was performing a bench press with a weight of 140kg when it slipped out of his hands and crushed his neck, resulting in “massive internal injuries”.
Brazilian law graduate Marcelle Mancuso was an avid gym-goer and loved staying in shape. But the day she tried to do an advanced ab movement was a day she won’t forget.
The graduate from São José do Rio Preto was performing an inverted sit-up when the equipment she was using broke and she fell on her neck, breaking her fifth vertebra and compressing two other parts which led to tetraplegia, which is paralysis in her arms and legs.
Despite the seriousness of the accident with doctors not knowing if she would walk again, Mancuso was back to normal after months of physiotherapy and working out in the gym again.
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Bench Press Gone Wrong #2
Malaysian student Wang Zongren was just 20 when he passed away due to a gym accident. He was attempting to bench press 108kg when the bar crushed him when it fell on his neck.
Despite attempts by his friends to help him, medics pronounced him dead after the medics arrived at the gym.
Bench Press Gone Wrong #3
Ben Shaw, a 15-year-old teen in Brisbane, Australia died when he attempted to bench press 100kg. Apparently, there was no one around when the accident occurred, with reports saying he was trapped for 30 minutes before another gym-goer had discovered him.
Squats Gone Wrong
Sophie Butler went to the gym nearly every day, and is no stranger to lifting weights. But the 21-year-old faced a problem when she lost her footing on the smith machine. The weights landed on her, breaking her back and leaving her paralysed and unable to walk.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer