Just thought I’d share this with you all in light of today being my bench-press day. I must warn you, this is a little painful to watch (but more painful for the guy in the video).
If you read my post on injury prevention, this is a prime example of something that could have been avoided had he not been doing stupid shit! In this case- The thumb-less, aka “suicide grip” bench press. Ouch.
The bench press, which can be dangerous on its own, need not be made riskier by employing unsafe technique. When bench pressing, especially if you’re planning on doing a very difficult set to failure, always make sure your form is impeccable, and you have a competent spotter. I have had to ask for a spot in the gym once when I didn’t have a training buddy, and some people are clueless as to what being a good spotter entails. This guy couldn’t keep his hands off the bar, even after I told him not to touch it unless I asked for help. I then watched, horrified, as he proceeded to perform his own set, using a thumb-less grip. I considered pointing out the dangers of his actions, but in the end I decided not to, because I have no doubt he’ll learn the lesson himself one day. Much like the guy in the video.