Fitness Influencer’s Tragic Accident
The fitness world was left in shock when Justyn Vicky, a 33-year-old influencer, tragically passed away after attempting a “dangerous as hell” exercise move. Days before his freak accident, he had posted a thought-provoking video on Instagram, emphasizing the risk versus reward of the back squat—a move that ultimately proved fatal.
On July 15, at a gym in Sanur, Bali, Mr. Vicky was performing the back squat, loaded with an impressive 180 kilograms on his barbell. As he struggled to complete his repetitions, a horrifying incident unfolded. An unverified video that quickly circulated online captured the moment the heavily stacked barbell slipped forward, pressing against his neck and causing a severe neck injury.
Despite immediate medical attention, the bodybuilder succumbed to his injuries, leaving the fitness community and his loyal followers in mourning. Justyn Vicky was well-known in the area and worked as a trainer at Paradise Bali Gym. His Instagram account was a testament to his dedication to fitness, with numerous posts featuring workout routines and training tips. Ironically, one video, posted just ten days before his untimely death, showcased the risks associated with the back squat—a haunting prelude to the tragic accident.
Bali Fitness Influencer Justyn Vicky, 33, Dies After 450-Lb. Barbell Hits His Neck https://t.co/KDzOhAoqnb
— People (@people) July 21, 2023
In the video, Mr. Vicky can be seen executing back squats with a spotter positioned behind him, eerily mirroring the setup captured in the later video documenting the accident. Accompanying the footage was an inspiring voiceover, wherein he emphasized the importance of the squat as an exercise, acknowledging both its opportunities and dangers. The poignant question he posed to viewers was whether the potential benefits were worth the inherent risks.
Following news of his passing, social media platforms were flooded with condolences from devastated followers. The gym where he worked, Paradise Bali, led the tributes, sharing heartfelt words on their Instagram account, expressing their grief at the loss of their colleague and friend.
In an effort to prevent similar accidents, a fellow worker and friend of Mr. Vicky produced a safety video demonstrating how to properly set up equipment and safely escape the back squat position if one were to struggle during the exercise. This video serves as a reminder of the importance of proper training and safety precautions in any fitness routine.
The fitness world has lost a prominent and passionate figure, leaving many to reflect on the potential dangers inherent in the pursuit of physical fitness.