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EricT 06-22-2008 11:32 AM

False Grip Accident

EricT 06-22-2008 11:36 AM

Darkhorse 06-22-2008 11:39 AM

Damn.. Ten years suicide for me! :D I've seen a couple good ones with a regular grip as well I'll have to dig up.

EricT 06-22-2008 11:44 AM

Where the weight just fell out of someone's hand with a real grip? That would be pretty weird. Regular grip isn't an accident just waiting to happen. Those were NOT the spotters fault. They were the grip's fault. I won't argue about's your funeral if you use that grip..but I have never seen an accident with regular grip that wasn't traced to plain failure. Big difference, but if you have vids, do share :)

Darkhorse 06-22-2008 11:48 AM

LOL, I'll be sure to let you know..

BTW, for the rest of you, I'm not advocating a suicide grip. Those vids show you that bench pressing is dangerous. Here's a vid where you get to watch his thumbs snap down.. NOT the spotter's fault.

EricT 06-22-2008 11:54 AM

You got me. I've never seen that happen before. But anything can be dangerous. Making it MORE dangerous is not smart.

Course I have to use my safety spotters cuz I have no spotter. Nevertheless I have gotten stuck under a bar before. I hurt my back getting out of it in fact. But I've never used a weight, knock on wood, that resulted in such catastrophic failure as these vids. I think in a way "spotters" may give some people a false sense of security and cause people to do dumb things. A spotter cannot catch a loaded bar when something so sudden as that happens. On the flip side I have seen accidents that could be blamed on the spotter.

Darkhorse 06-22-2008 11:56 AM

BTW, I'm not shooting down your post, so no need to re-edit your posts a couple of times. I just stated that I use a suicide grip like many people I know without any problems. :) But I understand the need to teach everyone here the correct way of doing things like I've seen you do time and again in this forum. I'm not going to argue (again) with you, so I'll leave it at that.

EricT 06-22-2008 12:02 PM

I don't edit my posts to take things out usually. Only to add thoughts in.

The one thing I wonder about is when people get stuck halfway and then just boom the arms drop down and the weight crashes. I've never had that happen. If I do get stuck I can still lower the weight slowly back down. Usually I notice it's one side that drops for people so I take it that's a technical failure of some sort.

EricT 06-22-2008 12:08 PM

Here's another vid of someone losing the bar with a regular grip. Looks like the wrists give and the bar is transferred to the thumbs instead of being on the skeleton.

I'll bet you that kind of thing is an unconscious attempt to get a better angle of motion or something. It's weird.

Again, not the spotters' fault. Unless you guys believe that the spotters' should have their hands on it the whole time. Which I know that most people hate if I'm not mistaken.

_Wolf_ 06-22-2008 12:25 PM

damn some of those vids are scary lol...

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