Detectorist's gym idiot thread gave me the idea for this thread. What's your weirdest, scariest, most interesting, etc. gym story? I'll start with one of mine. It's a little disturbing, so be warned. January or February of 1989, during my senior year of high school. My training partner and I were lifting one evening in our HS weight room. He and I had lifted together for three years, and were great pals. He was 5'-9" or 5'-10" and 125 lb in 10th grade, but by our senior year, he was 6' and about 190, and a brute. His DL was in the mid-500s and he PCed about 250. I think it was a Tuesday because we had done BP (we squatted on M, BPed on Tu, skipped W, DLed and PCed on Th, and did more pressing stuff on F). One of our other friends, a chemically-enhanced hot-head, was BPing that day also. He asked my partner for a spot for a set of three or four with 238 (metric weight set), and he complied. I had just finished a set of weighted dips and was watching his BP set while I removed the weight belt. The lifter got all but one rep, and stalled on the last one. Spotter did a good job and pulled him past the sticking point and racked the weight. The lifter sat up, grabbed the end of the bench between his legs, lifted it to a short height, and slammed it while he was cursing about missing the lift. This movement pitched the bar off the rack, dropping it to the bench below. It bounced wildly and settled in a position across the bench, bent. I was looking right at it, and I clearly remember my first thought: "Those ******** bent that bar. We're going to be in trouble." They both headed out of the room pretty quickly. I went over to the bench and grabbed one end of the bar and lifted it around to the other side and sat it on the ground in case a coach came in. Not sure what I thought we'd do with the bar, but it seemed wrong to leave it bent over the bench. It was bent pretty severely. As I bent over to set it down, I noticed a single drop of fresh blood. I thought the bar had bounced over and hit the lifter in the back or back of head, or something. I headed out into the corridor. I found the two of them standing in an alcove at the basketball gym, just a few yards away, so I headed over to them and asked what's up. My pal was holding his left hand in his right hand. He opened his right hand to reveal his left hand. You see, it turns out that he was hanging onto the bar as it fell. No way in the world that he could let it go that fast. His finger was between the bar and the bench pad. I was looking right at them while the bar fell, and had no idea any of this happened. It happened THAT suddenly and fast. If anybody has any idea of catching a weight, or getting out of the way, abandon that hope now. It's not gonna happen! The end of his left index finger, starting at the back of his fingernail was pinched off and dangling by what looked like a piece of white dental floss (the tendon, presumably). The end of the finger bone looked like a gleaming white tooth sticking out of the wound. I had never seen anything like that, so jumped back and yelled. There were no adults near us, and we were 25 min. from the nearest hospital. We should've gotten in the car immediately and hauled butt there, but we went looking for a coach. We finally found one and one of the adults took him to the hospital where the MDs tried to re-attach the finger. No luck. It was too late, so they had to snip off some of the bone, re-attach the tendons, and close it. He later said there was little or no pain for about 10-15 min. after the event, then the pain was unbearable. He also had some torn muscles in his upper back from the sudden force application. He went back into the gym in about a month IIRC, and regained strength pretty quickly. He and I competed in the regional football players' weight lifting contest in April or May and we did very well. He was even able to do the PC and I think he was back near his PR by that time. He ended up also breaking the district's discus throw record with 134 ft 10 in. IIRC. Later, he went to med school and I think he ended up being a pathologist, so I guess his finger is serving him well enough! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!