I’m often criticized for being overly conscious about safety with my weightlifting at home advice, because my general word is that squats, deadlifts and benchpresses with a barbell require safety measures and professional supervision.
Unfortunately, this has been proven right. Jake Pezon, sixteen-year-old teenager from Wisconsin attempted a 185 lbs benchpress in his parents’ basement and the weight dropped on him. By the time help arrived, he was dead.
It may sound like queasiness and maybe is not the cool thing to say when I discourage those of you training at home from potentially dangerous exercises, but, to use a really beaten expression here, rather safe than sorry.
Because this unfortunate accident shocked me quite a bit, I also did a video about it:
Picture courtesy of “vonderauvisuals“.