Back in 2013, Jessica was rocking a cast for 6 weeks due to a “pull up bar gym fail”.
If you’re confused how Jessica could have broken her wrist doing pull ups in the gym, I unfortunately caught the whole thing on video.
I say unfortunately, because I wish I wasn’t filming her so I could have caught her.
Brace yourself for this one, because this pull up bar gym fail video will make you cringe.
We’re sharing this because we hope it can help someone else not make the same mistake.
Remember to be safe and always protect yourself when you’re in the gym.
With that said, here’s how the pull up bar gym fail happened.
At the end of our workout, Jessica wanted to do some pull ups, but I didn’t feel like it.
Therefore, she asked me to film her set, so I agreed.
We go outside to the pull up area where there was, what looked like, a really cool pull up bar, with a double d handle bar already in place.
I should note, we didn’t affix the double d handle bar attachment ourselves, as it was already in place when we got there.
Before starting, I spotted Jessica by helping her jump up to grab the handle bar.
Then I grabbed the camera and started filming.
After 3 pull ups, Jessica struggled to get the last rep out, so she pressed her feet into the wall for leverage.
Then the handle bar just slipped right off the edge of the post, since there was nothing to hold it on.
This caused Jessica to fall and land on her back on the floor.
During impact, she tried to brace the fall with her hands, which caused her to break her right wrist.
Not a just sprain.
The bones in her right wrist were broken.
So that is the story behind Jessica’s pull up bar gym fail.
Looking back at it, I wish I was spotting her, rather than holding the camera.
That way I could have caught her in time.
It’s my role to protect her, so in a way, I feel like I let her down.
However, here’s the positive side of things.
This could have ended much worse if she fell on top of a dumbbell or bench.
In fact, this crazy pull up bar gym fail also happened to someone else at the same gym.
After Jessica fell to the ground, another girl came running over to see if she was okay.
This girl mentioned that she did the exact same thing and broke her ribs after landing on either a bench or dumbbell.
This injury caused her to be away from the gym for 6 weeks.
Fortunately we’re very grateful that Jessica is okay, and just sustained a broken wrist.
Even if you see something already attached to a machine or bar, double check to make sure it is securely affixed.
If it’s not affixed to it, and not legitimately intended to be used that way, don’t do it.
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