BE CAREFUL – Student Loses Life Bench Pressing 315lb – Warning

A 22-year-old student from Iowa died after he lost his grip on a 315lb weight barbell while doing a bench press. The weight fell and crushed his neck killing him instantly.

A spokesman for the gym, Mark Yontz, said: “Kyle Thomson was bench-pressing 315lbs (142kg) when the barbell slipped.”

He was taken by ambulance to hospital and pronounced dead there.

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Thoughts go out to his family. If anything can be learned it’s to ALWAYS make sure you have a spotter when bench pressing heavy weights, and of course ensure you are able to maintain a controlled and safe grip throughout.

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