Each Friday, STACK brings you a video of an exercise gone horribly wrong. You may or may not learn something from it, but you will laugh very hard.
In a recent article, STACK Expert Rick Scarpulla addressed the common rookie mistake of bouncing the bar off the chest during a Bench Press. “This is almost a laughable mistake, and it will hurt,” he said. “There’s a good chance you may end up cracking your sternum or ribs if you bounce too hard.”
We can only imagine what he’d say about the guy in this week’s video.
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When we discover a video titled “Worst Bench Press Ever” on YouTube, we’re on high alert from the moment we press play. He’s got his feet flat on the floor and a reasonable amount of weight on the bar. OK, he’s using straps for a Bench Press, that’s kind of weird. Looks like there’s a spotter behind him, that’s good. Still not sure how this is going to be the world’s worst…
He looks so silly that this whole video has to be a joke, right? A little Internet sleuthing has revealed that nope, our ample-bellied friend seems to make a habit of using the old tummy trampoline.
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To amend Scarpulla’s previous advice, never bounce the bar off your chest or your belly. EVEN IF YOU HAVE A BIG BELLY.
Except maybe if you’re training for this.
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