Justyn Vicky, a bodybuilder in Bali, has died in a weightlifting accident.
He was 33 years old.
Vicky was working out at The Paradise Gym on Saturday, when he was squatting weights in excess of 180 kilograms (nearly 400 pounds), with a spotter behind him.
“Vicky failed to complete the lift and fell forward, cascading the weight bar off his shoulders and snapping his neck and head forward,” Bali Discovery reported.
The weight snapped Vicky’s head forward, breaking his neck, and leading to compression of the nerves to his heart and respiratory systems, according to Bali Express.
Vicky was reportedly rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Vicky’s friend, Kang Gede, paid tribute in a comment to the Bali Express.
“Mas Vicky is a good person, polite and sociable,” Gede told the outlet.
“He always gives knowledge about the gym. And also he advised his friends at the gym to always be careful not to exercise beyond the load capacity. Only ourselves can measure our own abilities. I hope Vicky will be peacefully put to sleep by God and get a proper place.”
The Paradise Bali Gym mourned Vicky in a statement on Instagram.
“Justyn was more than just a fitness expert; he was a beacon of inspiration, motivation, and unwavering support. His infectious energy and genuine passion for helping others transform their lives touched us deeply. Through countless workouts, words of encouragement, and compassionate guidance, he became an irreplaceable part of our fitness journeys and our gym family,” the gym’s note said.
“Every session with Justyn felt like much more than just exercise. He created a nurturing environment where we felt safe to challenge ourselves, both physically and mentally. His belief in our potential pushed us beyond our limits, empowering us to discover newfound strength and resilience within ourselves.”