This is the painful moment a weightlifter dropped 545lbs on himself during a failed bench press. The man, referred to as ‘Jake,’ can be seen straining as he struggles to lift the heavy metal bar – weighing more than three times that of an average person – into the air.
However, he fails to sustain his grip on the weight and drops it – causing it to slam onto his chest.
The agonizing moment was captured on video by a female companion and later uploaded onto LiveLeak.com. Footage shows Jake, who is believed to be American, carefully positioning his hands and feet, before lying back on the bench. He then tenses as he receives the full weight of the metal bar, which has been released from the rack by spotters.
Jake – who is wearing a red-and-blue lycra outfit with wrist supports and a belt – then bends his elbows and lifts his heels off the floor as he slowly starts to bring the weight down towards his chest. His body quivers as he gently touches the metal against his chest, before starting to push it back up into the air.
However, this is when disaster strikes, as Jake struggles to sustain the immense weight above his body. He suddenly lets go of the metal bar – causing it to plummet onto his chest.
His half dozen spotters jump back in shock, although two manage to compose themselves quickly enough to come to Jake’s aid.
Check out the above video.