Originally Posted by BossaGator
Definitely tragic. Obviously we don't know what he was doing when the accident happened, but from his position it sounds like it could have been bench. Looking at the pics of the guy and reading about him being an endurance athlete, I have a hard time understanding what would have possessed him to work the bench with 305 lbs. and no spotter.
I bench with a bar without a spotter all the time but never even close to my max. If I'm really going to push it I'll grab a spotter, get in the cage, or use dumbbells. I also know people who do what Dreamliner is talking about, leaving the collars off so if they get stuck the plates can fall off.
And unless you're a powerlifter, in my opinion, you don't have to EVER go close to max to increase your strength. In fact, that's one thing I liked about 5-3-1. I was rarely using more than 90% Max. and the emphasis was on increasing reps.