The internet is loaded with “funny” videos in gyms where someone tries to pick up just a bit too much, but the reality of the situation is that people get seriously hurt all the time in gyms.
Even the most experienced lifters make mistakes that result in severe injuries, and sometimes, yes, even death.
Sadly, that is what happened to 33-year-old Indonesian bodybuilder Justyn Vicky.
Vicky, who, in addition to being a bodybuilder, has built quite a following as a social medial influencer, was working on the squat rack when the tragedy occurred.
According to Bali Discovery, “Vicky failed to complete the lift and fell forward, cascading the weight bar off his shoulders and snapping his neck and head forward.”
At the time of the accident, Vicky was attempting to lift 400 pounds. His head was reportedly snapped forward, breaking his neck.
He was taken to a local hospital for emergency surgery, but Vicky succumbed to his injuries and died.
Paradise Bali, the gym where Vicky worked out, stated, “Justyn was more than just a fitness expert; he was a beacon of inspiration, motivation, and unwavering support. His infectious energy and genuine passion for helping others transform their lives touched us deeply.
“Through countless workouts, words of encouragement, and compassionate guidance, he became an irreplaceable part of our fitness journeys and our gym family.
“Every session with Justyn felt like much more than just exercise. He created a nurturing environment where we felt safe to challenge ourselves, both physically and mentally. His belief in our potential pushed us beyond our limits, empowering us to discover newfound strength and resilience within ourselves.”
This is just a very cruel reminder that our lives can be snatched away from us at any moment, doing any task, regardless of how skilled or new to that task we are.
Rest in peace, Vicky.