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Old 03-13-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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I was watching the video of Brandon Lilly's accident the other day and it got me to wondering why most meets don't use a power rack? I've seen some good designs that use chains or bands to catch the weight if it falls so why not use those? I don't see how anyone can expect spotters to catch 500+ pounds of weight if it suddenly comes crashing down. I don't know if it would have saved Brandon from further injury but I expect it would have helped some.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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No specific reason. Most meets don't use monolifts. The ones with geared lifters almost always do.

But you are right, I wouldn't want 600-700-800 pounds on my back with no safety straps.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:57 PM   #3
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I wonder if things will change in the future, I know some danger is inherent in any sport but it's always good to take precautions.
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I can imagine not wanting to use power racks/metal catchers because it'll bend the shit out of your bar. The solution would be safety straps, but there is no obvious goto way to use these when squatting from a regular squat rack.

A monolift however does allow for use of safety straps, but as Steve said most feds don't squat out of a monolift.
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I've only been in one meet that had a Monolift.. Rest was just stands. The Monolift was nice...But we didn't have any safety straps or chains...Many of the guys still walked out their squats with the monolift.
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Safety equipment is definitely something to consider when picking out a meet.
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I would like to see face savers on all benches, meet or no meet. Time for the industry to get it into gear.
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It seems to take any sport a long time to get moving when it comes to safety equipment since the investment is so high. Convincing hockey players to wear helmets took years. I think the fact that powerlifting has so many federations makes it difficult too since each one has it's own rules.
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There's absolutely no reason why they can't use a power rack, take out the safety rails, and hang safety straps from the top of the rack. And there's also absolutely no reason why a meet should have 3 skinny stick figures spotting someone with 700lb+ on their back.
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yea i think the mono is a much better idea. plus it adds a decent amount to ur lift
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