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“Millions join in mourning the tragic death of a 25-year-old gym goer who collapsed under the weight of overwhelming loads, including an elite coach who expressed their fear and sorrow.”


Although attempting one rep max for compound movements such as bench presses, deadlifts, and squats can be enjoyable, it is important to properly execute these movements to avoid serious risks. Unfortunately, in 2023, there was another tragic death reported from Wuhan involving a 25-year-old man who was attempting a bench press with a weight of 275 lbs and was pinned in the neck.

The man under the bar was Mr. Zhang, who was benching without a spotter by his side. As the incident took place in a local gym in Wuhan, many from the fitness and bodybuilding

The community shared their sadness about the situation. One of those individuals was Greg Doucette, a professional coach in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), who created a video to inform viewers about the significance of using safety bars and having a spotter.

Greg Doucette gives his two cents on the tragic incident

Greg Doucette has been lifting since his teenage years. Having competed in both powerlifting and bodybuilding, Doucette has enough knowledge and experience when it comes to powerlifting. In his video, he explained the importance of having a spotter while attempting bench press. In the absence of a spotter, he suggests using safety bars. Talking about the tragic incident, however, Doucette started the video by giving a disclaimer.

“Caution: This video contains graphic content. If you are sensitive, it is advised not to watch. The depicted death is extremely tragic and frightening. Viewer discretion is advised.”

“Doucette stated,” Greg also mentioned later in the video.

Unfortunately, there was no action he could take in this situation. The weight was much too heavy for him to lift. Despite his attempt to push it up, he was unsuccessful.

This is not the first time that Doucette has made such videos. Creators like Doucette keep making content to ensure such tragedies do not happen. Unfortunately, a few months before this, 

Another man experienced the full force of a heavy burden.

He died while trying to achieve a personal record in squatting.

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Yet another weightlifter taken from us too early.

Indonesian bodybuilder Justyn Vicky, 33, tragically passed away a few months ago due to a serious accident. During a squat attempt with an impressive 462.97 lbs on the barbell, the incident highlighted the significance of having a reliable spotter and using proper weightlifting techniques. According to a report from Bali Discovery, it is crucial to exercise caution and seek assistance while lifting heavy weights.

“Vicky was unable to successfully complete the lift and ended up falling forward, causing the weight bar to cascade off his shoulders and resulting in a snap of his neck and head.”

Greg Doucette

Coming across the video, Doucette reacted to it by stating, 

In the end, I dislike having to say this, but I strongly believe that this is a case of ego-lifting backfiring. I consistently stress in my videos and on Instagram the importance of avoiding ego lifting in the gym, and unfortunately, this tragic accident is a result of someone doing just that.

This event serves as a reminder. The weights should not be tampered with. May Mr. Zhang’s spirit rest in peace.

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