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DES MOINES, IA — A man in Iowa has died at a gym after he dropped a 315-pound barbell on his neck.

According to the Elite Edge Transformation Center, the accident happened in their gym Monday morning as 22-year-old Kyle Thomson was bench pressing.

The barbell slipped from his grasp and, despite there being spotters present, the barbell fell and crushed his neck. Thomson was taken to the hospital where he later died from severe internal injuries.

Joe Brammer, owner of Elite Edge Transformation Center, said Thompson was working out as part of their Warriors advanced training program when the accident happened. He also said there was spotter assisting Thompson at the time.

“This is a difficult and painful time, and our thoughts are with the member’s family. Grief counselors are meeting with staff and gym members over the next couple of days. We would ask that you keep his family in your prayers,” said Brammer.

Thompson was a student at Iowa State University, and a former student at East High School where he was captain of the football team and selected as MVP during the baseball season of his senior year.

His high school weightlifting coach was shocked by the news and is wondering how such a routing exercise could have turned fatal.

“If you’ve got your spotter, they are there to help prevent things like this,” says Greg Schoon.

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  • Ben Estrin

  • Dre Mosley

    Good grief, even with spotters. . . .

  • Dude that sucks. All that hard work I guess paid off?

  • Leno Hogone Robinson
    ????

  • In Iowa gym hits you

  • Guess I won’t be getting a gym membership in 2017 after all. Too dangerous!

  • dammitall23

    “Transformation Center”–sounds like a hokey Tarot reading: “Oh, Death doesn’t mean death; it just means *transformation*.”

  • The video at the end of the article is not footage of his death 🙁

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  • mean birch

    Spotter spotted on his phone…

  • I imagine the spotters feel horrible.. they had one job..

  • Wackadoo

    How the fuck? I thought that being spotted meant that the spotter had his hands on the barbell the entire time you’re bench pressing so that if you can’t lift it they can help you “cheat” the barbell back up onto the rack. At least that was my experience in the 90’s. Sounds like this spotter didn’t fully understand his duties or just wasn’t paying attention. How sad.

  • There is nothing a spotter could have really done. With over 300 pounds suddenly dropping they could not have caught it in time.

  • Josh

    You must be new to reading.

  • Inferus

    I think we know why her boo was chasing other women.

  • Inferus

    Quite the heavy burden…

  • Stating The Obvious

    You do know you are an idiot right???

  • Josh

    It’s like playing the game operation.

  • Sejanus

    If it was one spotter there was dick all to be done to prevent this…
    unless it was Thor, The Hulk, or Steve Rogers.

  • LucyJane

    As someone who failed out of Step Aerobics (yes I am that old) because I fell off the damn step thing too many times, I agree completely.

  • LucyJane

    Sounds like a Logan’s Run reference. Carousel.

  • itsknotme

    Was the Spotter like a Bank Monitor?

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  • GGMon

    Damn that freaking sucks.
    I have to dust off my weights cause I’m getting fat 🙁

  • Sara

    I assume you mean Steve Rogers after taking the super soldier serum, right? ‘Cause if it was before…yeah, this. (Sorry about the nerd moment there. I call it “the Call of the Dork” and when it beckons, I’m powerless to resist!) But I get what you mean…unless that one spotter had superhuman strength, then it would have been futile. What an awful thing to happen.

  • LynnKayee

    Throughout my life i had a nagging feeling that I’d die in a room filled with sweaty men while iron balls slowly chocked the life out of me. So I became a lesbian.

  • There goes my new years resolution.

  • Yea that’s the way it was in the kinder, gentler 90’s, not no more! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/78f72d3332c6a848819be2478af886ca30db53e8b925149c8b058cd7c79b7596.jpg

  • LynnKayee

    Dying in a room full of sweaty men by slowly suffocating on steel bellbars they’ve been rubbing all up on? This sounds less like a news story and more like a ranking on Top Five Reasons I Love Being A Lesbian list.

  • LynnKayee

    Dying in a room full of sweaty men by slowly suffocating on barbells they’ve been rubbing ALL the fuck up on? This sounds less like a news story and more like a ranking on Top Five Reasons I Love Being A Lesbian list.

  • goreblaster

    A spotter cannot help you if you just totally drop the bar. Chances are that he didn’t have his thumbs around the bar, and was going for a 1 rep maximum. Try catching 315 pounds dropping at free-fall speed. Nearly all weightlifting fatalities are bench press accidents. Don’t ego lift, use weights you can handle, NEVER collar the bar, and always wrap your thumbs around it!

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  • Matt Esquire

    Good thing he had spotters…

  • Jake88

    That’s what you get for trying to lift 315lbs! Who in the fuck needs to lift 315 lbs? What was he, an ogre or something? Moves cars around with his hands for a living? Da fuck! I could probably do it without dying, but why in the fuck!!!??? That’s one way I’m not dying.

    The spotter was just like WTF too obv! “Not my toe! Not my toe! Phew! Whoops… EEEEEWWWWWW GROSSSSS! My bad…”

  • Screamin’ Mimi

    Renew! Renew!

  • Mazikeen666

    Wow

  • HappyQuails

    When are they going to devise a way for the bench to catch the bar in the event of a drop?