Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Dropped Bench Press

I've been lifting weights for a couple of years now and my bench has been slowly getting better and better. As a result I've started to think more and more about the safety issues of lifting without a spotter. Initially it was just stories like that of my friend Doug who had a near tragic accident benching in Alpha Software's gym when we worked together. Lately however, Doug's story has been replaced by a more vivid image, that of power lifter Steve Wong dropping the bar on his chest as he attempted an 832 pound lift. Granted Steve had spotters and was lifting a lot more than I ever would, but the pure power of that weight crashing down unexpectedly is a frightening prospect.

Via Bovine Strength Systems. (WOW, two posts in a week that use the word bovine. That must be a record.)

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