A weightlifter managed to escape fatal injury after dropping 225kg (495lbs) onto his chest, having captured the hairy moment on film:
Bryson Jones (@bjones5209) was bench pressing with a spotter when the almighty weight came crashing down onto his chest.
Jones, from central Texas, shared a video of the moment on TikTok, writing: "Couldn't decide if I wanted to post this or not but fails happen. I'm all good and almost back at 100% 6 weeks later."
In the clip, we can see him confidently lifting the 225kg while his spotter stands behind him, poised to help if any issues arise.
However, after several successful lifts, Jones suddenly loses control and drops the bar - sending it down onto his chest as Jones yells in pain.
After a couple of seconds, one side begins to teeter to the side, shedding its weights, while the spotter quickly helps remove the other side from Jones' body as he tries to get up.
The shocking footage has racked up 2.8 million views online, along with more than 335,000 likes.
There have also been thousands of comments, with one person writing: "Bruh how you alive?"
A second person asked: "WHY HE NO DEAD."
Another said they 'curled into the foetal position' while watching it, while others wished him well.
One said: "Holy cow bro I seriously didn't expect that! Sheesh prayers up! God speed."
Another person added: "My heart dropped my G glad u still alive man."
In a follow-up video, Jones also responded to questions posed by fellow TikTok users after seeing the clip.
He said: "Yeah, so that happened. I was just gonna address a couple of things that people mentioned in the comments.
"One: why do I use suicide grip? I've used it for probably the last 10 years, I've used it every competition I've been in. It's what I prefer. I know the dangers of it, obviously.
"Two: why was I doing so much weight? I'm a world-qualified bench presser for my weight class - 110 kilos/220lbs. I lift big.
"My spotter couldn't really do much. I mean, it was 495lbs on a free fall - he could have tried to grab it, probably would have just ended up hurting himself and maybe hurting me worse."
Jones - whose bio says he is a power lifter and bodybuilder - also thanked everyone for checking in on him, adding: "I'm doing pretty good now."
Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@bjones5209
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