Originally posted by 9erReign:
Originally posted by dobophile:
I never bench press, even with a spotter, for this very reason. I go with the dumbbell chest press. Still dangerous, but not quite as bad I think.
Bench isn't really that dangerous.
And you really should try alternating between dumbbell and barbell for better gains.
Most people would have died. The doctor even said that Stafon Johnson probably survived because of the thickness of his neck. So, yeah, bench pressing can be very dangerous, even fatal.
My dad's an ENT and he used to tell me horror stories about kids getting crushed throats from bench pressing. Maybe he was just trying to scare me. It worked.
In addition to dumbbell chest press, I do dips and cable flies and dumbbell chest flies. It's enough for my purposes. I'm not trying to get huge.