FLYING HIGH

jimmyironbullpellechia-1.jpg JIMMY "THE IRON BULL" PELLECHIA In the early 90's the Iron Bull came to Golds Gym on Staten Island to do a heavy bench press demonstration. What would have won top prize on America's Funniest Videos wasn't so funny for one of the Iron Bull's spotters. After doing several sets of benches (with spotters on both sides and rear) Jimmy gradually increased the weight to an attention getting mark. With the whole gym watching Jimmy loaded the bar to 800lbs and had three spotters ready to help him. As you'll see, the guy who spotted the Iron Bull from the rear made a big mistake by deciding to secure himself to the bar with wrist straps. To make a long story short the spotters helped Jimmy get the weight off the rack and let the bar go, watching in shock as the bar crashed down onto the Iron Bull. Seeing he was pinned the side spotters tried to lift the weight off of Jimmy but were unable to. The rear spotter was stuck to the bar because of the wrist straps and was than thrown forward when the side spotters (with additional help) in a desperation attempt yanked the bar towards and over Jimmy's feet and threw it to the floor with the rear spotter stuck to the bar and flying over Jimmy and crashing hard onto the floor. The rear spotter received a nice head gash for his assistance and was charged $10 by the Iron Bull for an autographed picture. If only I had a video camera.

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