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Old 06-21-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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At my gym we don't have a squat rack. There is a smith machine, so those of us that free-weight squat use the weight stack pins on the smith machine to rest the bar on. We use the one that's at the top as it's closest to shoulder height.

This evening I did my warm-up sets as usual and worked up to my working weight of 255lbs. I did my first set fine, then when going to put the bar back on the pins, the left collar of the bar slipped and got lodged on the side of the pin. The thing is, you have to place the collars right on the pins for it to fit or else the bar isn't gonna be centered and the plates will hit the body of the smith machine. I tried nudging the bar up but that didn't make any difference. Then the right started swaying because of the unbalanced weight. I couldn't throw the bar off my shoulders because my spotter was behind me. By this time gravity took over and I ended up falling to my right with the bar on my back. Quick thinking allowed me to twist my body to the right and go with the momentum so that I didn't wreck my knees. I ended up on the floor and the bar just clipped the back of my neck when it hit to the floor...hard. A few plates flew off as well.

Everything happened really fast, but I'm just glad I didn't get hurt! It could have been much worse!! My buddies rushed over to check me out and stack the weights back. Thinking about it now things could have gotten really bad really fast there. I'm just happy that I'm fine!

Once I checked myself and realized that I was fine, I put the bar back, stacked my 255lbs back on and got the job done. As CT Fletcher says: IT'S STILL YOUR SET!!

It's bad enough having to step over the base of the smith machine when racking and unracking the weight, but what's worse is that just missing the weight pins can end up with you getting a serious injury. No gym around here has a squat rack. So I have to work within these limitations. My CNS was really fried after that set and I think it would have been near impossible for me to save that fall.

Anyway, I'm gonna have to be real careful next squat session. Appreciate your squat racks gentlemen...cuz I've never even seen one in person.
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More proof that Smith machines are evil!...at least you are ok.
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Glad you're okay.

This might sound bad but, I would have dumped it.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:31 AM   #4
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Should have dumped it. Find a different spotter if he is not prepared for a dump.
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I would have dumped it...except for the fact that my spotter was my wife. <--The one on the left would have been me for the rest of my life.
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Should have dumped it. Find a different spotter if he is not prepared for a dump.
What? No spotter is ready for a dump, and you should never dump a weight on purpose!

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I would have dumped it...except for the fact that my spotter was my wife. <--The one on the left would have been me for the rest of my life.
Never dump a weight on purpose. That is how people get seriously hurt. Hang in there and do the best you can. Glad you didn't get hurt.
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What? No spotter is ready for a dump, and you should never dump a weight on purpose!
Would you agree then that the spotter should have known what to do and how they were able to assist in this scenario? And if they didn't know, they should be informed post haste, so that they know how to handle this should it happen again.

Of course, there is the fact that the situation that occurred wasn't expected to ever occur, which is fully understandable, so neither party were prepared.
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Would you agree then that the spotter should have known what to do and how they were able to assist in this scenario? And if they didn't know, they should be informed post haste, so that they know how to handle this should it happen again.

Of course, there is the fact that the situation that occurred wasn't expected to ever occur, which is fully understandable, so neither party were prepared.
I totally agree that neither me nor my spotter we expecting or even prepared for this. I think going forward this is something we're gonna have to pay attention to and be on stand-by when the bar is being racked. Spotter really didn't know to assist in such an unexpected situation.

As I'm typing this the muscles at the back of my neck a bit tight from where the bar clipped me.
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Never dump a weight on purpose. That is how people get seriously hurt. Hang in there and do the best you can. Glad you didn't get hurt.
Dump on purpose? No. But if the choices are potential injury or dump, I'm going to dump.

I think any competent spotter would be ready for a dump, unless the bar slips off the back.
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Dump on purpose? No. But if the choices are potential injury or dump, I'm going to dump.

I think any competent spotter would be ready for a dump, unless the bar slips off the back.
Is it possible to dump 1000 lbs

Seems to me under that kind of weight if something goes wrong, and you become off balance, the weight is going to do as it pleases. Most likely crushing you, or at least, if you're lucky some snapage.

Can not envision "just dumping it". That would require some serious shoulder strength, at least...



Obviously, a perspective from a measly squatter

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