“Snappin Harder Than Last Time”: Bodybuilding Fans Join IFBB Pro Greg Doucette As He Bashes Netizen Who Tore ACL During Heavy Squats

Published 02/06/2024, 12:13 PM EST

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Ego lifting is a rather concerning trend in the world of bodybuilding and powerlifting these days. It often leads to unforeseen injuries because of several factors ranging from compromising in the proper form to stressing the body beyond limits. A similar case happened with an online influencer very recently.

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He was attempting to pull out a barbell squat rep of a whopping 575 lbs. Despite having all the safety mechanisms, his muscle mass was not just enough to lift such a heavy weight, and that caused him to have an ACL tear, well, the sound was pretty much a testament to how bad the injury must have been. This garnered the attention of the IFBB Pro Greg Doucette and here’s what he said.

Greg Doucette advises refraining from maxing out on the Smith machine 

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Watching the video of the netizen trying to squat, Greg Doucette states how the spotter standing behind him is not just there to support him when he fails to manage the weight but is helping him lift throughout. He has him grabbed, which means both of them are lifting the weight together. He says, “When we’re going for a PR, are we not trying to see how much you can lift or are you trying to find out how much you and your spotter can lift together?”

He even suggests that there was no need for him to max out on the Smith machine. It would have been safer for him if he would have gone for 441 lbs instead. After all, there is no need to lift such a heavy weight when you are trying to build your muscles and strength. This stunt was pulled out simply to satisfy the ego, which is wrong.

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Greg Doucette even adds that it is always better to go for lesser weights with more repetitions. This not only helps you improve, but also saves you from getting injured, just like what happened with the guy in the video. The entire fitness community came together in agreement with the IFBB Pro fitness coach.

The fitness community bashes ego-lifting

Despite having controversies about a lot of things that the IFBB Pro coach Greg Doucette has to say, this time, the entire fitness community spoke only in support of him.

In agreement with the awareness that he is trying to raise, they left comments like, “Ego lifting is a hell of a thing.” and “This is why I do not like going so hard on the weights. I do as much as I can handle and nothing more! I want to have a good time not a bad time.”

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Another, taking to the intense sound of the ACL tear while the athlete was lifting, concerningly wrote, “Sh*t snapping harder than last time”.

While another, taking a humorous tone commented, “That Smith machine slapped him harder than Will Smith slapped Chris Rock.”

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One of them realizing his problem later, shared his experience and wrote, “Greg is right about your knee never being the same again after injuring it. Tore my ACL back in high school and it still gives me problems now and then.”

While going beyond the capacity of your body and lifting heavier weights might give an unparalleled adrenaline rush, it is utterly important to think about long-term and work out safely. That was the primary message as to why Greg Doucette made an entire video on the athlete getting injured. What are your thoughts about the rising cases of ego lifting? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Aheli Chakraborty

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I am Aheli Chakraborty, someone who has spent her life in awe of the art and science of bodybuilding. My bodybuilding journey has been a fusion of dedication, sweat, and a relentless pursuit of strength. I've always strived to not only sculpt my body but also test its limits, chasing those elusive PRs.
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Caroline Joseph

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