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Alexander Sedykh has endured what no person ever wants to experience when they're at the gym: a horrific mishap while doing a squat.
If you've even the slightest bit squeamish then you probably should just skip the video and imagine all the things that could have gone wrong.
The Russian man was competing at the World Raw Powerlifting Federation European Championships in Moscow when everything went horribly wrong. Yes, literally everything.
If you've been in the squat rack before then you'll know you need to have a strong core and even stronger legs to slowly lower yourself and power back up to standing. But that's for the regular folk who might be pushing 150kgs.
Sedykh was squatting 400kgs.
During the early stages of the lift, Sedykh was seen rocking back and forth uncomfortably in a bid to steady himself under the immense pressure.
Despite this initial unsteadiness, with a bunch of steel plates balanced on his broad, muscular shoulders, Sedykh dropped downwards in an attempt to squat the incredible amount of weight.
But, just as he was about to extend his legs and lower back out to come back to the top, the entire 400kg weight transferred to his knees, causing them to buckle.
Knees buckling is terrifying when you don't have any weight on your shoulders, so you can imagine how it went for poor Alexander.
Screaming out in pain, the weightlifter collapsed to the ground as his legs awkwardly crumbled under his stocky body.
While the original video is rather appropriately cut short, you can see his spotters and medical staff quickly rush to assist the fallen Russian giant.
He was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with two dislocated knees and two ruptured quadriceps. That sounds like an ungodly amount of pain.
Speaking after his intense six-hour operation, Sedykh said: "The forecasts are as follows: Lie down for two months, do not move your legs. Then learn to walk again. I've had my quadriceps resewn and my knees put back together."
It's unclear whether he will try and resurrect his career after this devastating injury.
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