Whether you’re a newbie lifter with about as much meat on your arms as you’d find in a McDonalds Happy Meal, or a hard-core lifter who’d rather encounter a hernia than be seen to fail a rep, bench-pressing by yourself carries a significant risk. And we’re not just talking about a damaged ego. Already this year, we heard of the death of a 16 year old in Manchester who died after being crushed and suffocated by the bar as he trained alone.
Whilst recommendations to stop just short of failure, always have a spotter, and use the safety racks go a long way in preventing reckless accidents, it doesn’t account for the fact that we can over-estimate our abilities, misjudge a situation, find that our spotter cannot support the weight we’re lifting, and let’s face it, if the safety racks are set high enough to save you, you won’t have completed any full reps… so what’s the solution?
Entrepreneur Dave Vorozilchak thinks he has it. Introducing the MAXX BENCH, the first ever free weight bench with built in gravity release for safety whilst training to your max.
The MAXX BENCH looks like a regular bench, except that it features a hydraulics system that works like a car jack off a foot pedal. You train as normal, but when you hit failure, you can quickly depress that pedal to quickly lower yourself to beneath the level of the safety bars. This way, even if you drop the bar, your windpipe is clear of the scene. No longer do you risk ending up in A&E, or arguably, a fate equally tragic: on Youtube…
The MAXX performance range is being crowd funded on kickstarter and so far over 300 backers have pledged nearly $60,000, just short of the $75k goal to bring this project to life.
So MASS readers, we want to know…
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