Admit it, there’s a certain rush you experience when hoisting an impressive stack of plates. Nothing wrong with that as long as you’re confident you can safely move the weight and remain in good form Such was not the case with this weightlifter from India who failed to check his ego at the gym door.
The hard-to-watch clip—filmed at Pehavaan gym in Vadodara, India—shows the determined man positioned on a leg press machine with an eye-popping stack of 45 lb plates stacked on. Overall, the total weight looks to be in the range of 1,100-1,200 lbs, and with that much weight, it’s no wonder he only manages to knock out a few half-reps before things go horribly wrong.
Seriously: This is tough to watch, so if you find these kinds of videos hard to watch, then you may just want to skip it.
After the third rep, the strain of the weight forces the man to find some relief by straightening his legs. Unfortunately, one of his legs quickly buckles under the intense pressure, and snaps. And while his buddies may have been sympathetic to his plight, those who caught the scene on the Internet were less forgiving. (“That’s what you get for stealing all the 45 lb plates and then half reppin’ it,” commented someone on the YouTube page.)
To avoid this guy’s fate, we have some simple, straightforward advice: Never lock out your knees on a leg press machine, for exactly this reason. And while we’re all for pushing yourself at the gym, you need to make sure you add weight on in reasonable intervals, or you risk going far beyond what your muscles and central nervous system can handle.