“Is Bro Still Alive?”: Near-Fatal Gym Accident Leaves Bodybuilding World Concerned

Published 04/10/2023, 8:23 AM EDT

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The rise of gyms since the early 1980s gave a whole new definition to fitness, and people soon started getting addicted to the fitness and bodybuilding craze. Today, a gym is as ubiquitous as a school or college somewhere. But while gyms are places to discipline one’s body, it is easy to forget the dangers associated with it at times. Here’s a man who nearly survived a death call inside a gym, and fans are shocked to the core.

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In a recent video that’s going viral, a man was almost choked to death due to a freak accident. Eventually, he did survive and is well, but the momentary relapse from the guy assisting him could’ve been deadly. Here’s what happened.

A horrific moment in the gym caught on camera

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IFBB Professional bodybuilder Greg Doucett recently shared an Instagram video capturing the horrifying moment. He wrote in the caption, “A spotter on the bench press is not enough…. You should have a safety rack to prevent things like this from ever happening!” 

The video showed a man bench pressing inside a gym. Behind him, another person, who was supposed to help him with the lifts, suddenly slips the heavyweight barbell from his hands. The barbell fell right on top of the trainee’s neck, and it looked like he was in serious trouble.

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A seemingly harmless moment in the gym suddenly could turn into something so horrific. While it looked the barbell might choke him to death, thanks to quick recovery action, he survived.

The shock of fans is palpable enough to be felt

Here are some of the shocked reactions of fans that perfectly capture the essence of the moment:

“For anyone wondering, he lived”, said one fan easing everyone else of their worry.

“Is bro still alive? Asking a friend,” asked someone. This is the question that lingered on everyone’s mind when they first saw the clip.

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“Yo like…he dead?”, another person asked this question in the same vein.

“Omg … did he die”, someone enquired with the shock being palpable in her words.

“Did he die holy f**k”, the expletive says it all in capturing the horror of the moment.

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Gyms and their maintenance crew have serious discipline conduct. Sometimes, they even ask members to permanently let go of their membership if they do not follow the rules. Like the one who asked IFBB Pro Markus Hunter Jr to exit the gym and it angered Joey Swoll, a social media influencer. In this case, though, looks like the gym should have taken more responsibility from the very beginning. Several fans including Doucett, have also called out the same issue.

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Tanmay Roy

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Tanmay Roy is a sports writer at EssentiallySports specializing in his coverage of the Olympics and other major American sporting events. His passion for sports was ignited by the early achievements of Michael Phelps, Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe. As a writer for EssentiallySports, Tanmay's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks, showcasing his ability to craft engaging and thought-provoking stories.
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