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Old 11-26-2006, 07:37 PM   #1
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Exclamation Jean Pierre Fux Squat Accident

Waring these photos are graphic so dont say i didnt warn you

Im not posting this just to post. I want people to see this to remind them to traind hard and heavy but for the love of GOD please be safe



At 11:22 AM on Thursday, May 2, all was right with the world of Jean-Pierre Fux. At 280 hard pounds, he was in his best shape in years and relishing the prospect of qualifying for the Mr. 0 at the Night Of Champions 16 days hence. At 11:23 on Thursday, May 2, Jean-Pierre's dreams lay in ruins as he lay prostrate on the floor at Gold's Gym, Fullerton, California, immobilized.
In the midst of doing 675-pound squats at a FLEX photo shoot with Chris Lund, he had suddenly collapsed and crashed to the gym floor.
Here's how Jean-Pierre remembers the accident. "We'd worked up to seven plates on each side. That weight is not a problem for me -- I had done the same thing a week earlier for my training video. I began to squat down and everything was fine. Then in a split second, I went from complete comfort to collapse. My knees just went -- I crashed down so quickly the spotters didn't have time to react. Afterward, they felt bad about it, but it was so quick, nobody could have caught the weight."
Jean-Pierre crashed to his knees and swayed back slightly before the weight was lifted from him. As the 675-pound load was released, he remembered something he'd once been told: To reduce tendon damage following such an injury, the legs should be kept straight. With that in mind, he somehow straightened his legs out on the floor, as Lund and his assistants rushed to his sides and started applying ice to both knees.
As they waited for the paramedics, Jean-Pierre said he was initially "not in a great deal of pain" and was unsure of the extent of his injuries. After a few minutes, the right knee swelled up alarmingly; next, the excruciating pain began. However, the thought uppermost in Jean-Pierre's mind was not the pain, but that "all those months of contest training and dieting have now gone for nothing."
Despite his own trauma, he could see that the accident had affected Lund, and he attempted to buoy up the lensman's spirits by quipping, "Well, Chris, it looks like 1,000-pound leg presses are out of the question."
Recalling the incident, Lund says, "Despite the pain and agony he was in, he managed a joke -- that's a man for you. A lot of the pros would have been bawling their heads off, but Jean-Pierre just gritted his teeth. I've spoken to him regularly since the injury and not once has he vented any thoughts of feeling sorry for himself. He's a remarkable guy."
The paramedics duly arrived and ferried Fux to a local hospital; he was later transferred to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, nearer his Palm Springs home. The diagnosis was torn vastus medialis of the left thigh and torn patella ligaments of the right leg. At 3 PM on Friday, May 3, he underwent four hours of surgery to repair the damage. He was told the surgery went as well as could be expected. His doctor told him he was confident the left quadriceps would recover fully, but cautioned that it was too soon to say whether the same would be true for the damaged patella. Jean-Pierre remained hospitalized for two weeks and returned to his Palm Springs home on Monday, May 20.
During his time in the hospital, and despite being in a wheelchair with his legs kept straight, Jean-Pierre visited the gym every day "to do some upper-body work." At home, he continues the practice. He asserts, "I have to go to the gym. It's who I am. Physically I need the feel of the weight, and mentally I have to make the statement that I'm a bodybuilder." He trains for about 20 or 30 minutes daily, and can get out of his wheelchair and shuffle around on crutches, although, he says, 'After half an hour, my knees begin to swell slightly and I have to get back in the wheelchair."
As of late May, the prognosis is that Fux will commence therapy to start bending his knees by late June. If all goes well, by early August, he will be able to drive his car and become more independent. He is uncertain when he will return to the competitive stage; he only knows he will. To us, he displays the soul of a warrior.
"While I waited for the paramedics," says Fux, "a lot of things went through my mind. Had I had a great pro career and won a bunch of titles, then maybe retirement would have seemed the way to go. But my career has been one of disappointment. My fault -- I never got things together the way I should have. Even at the 1997 Mr. Olympia [where he finished seventh and was hailed as a future Mr. O], I had been sick for a few days and lost size. Last year, two weeks out from the Night Of Champions, I was in great shape, then screwed it up by losing 15 pounds trying to be harder. For my own peace of mind, I have to go onstage just once looking like the Jean-Pierre I know I can be. I need to do that before I retire. I'm still only 33. Ronnie and other guys in the top five [at the Olympia] are a lot older. I have the time."
He pauses, before concluding softly, "Lying on a gym floor was no way to retire. I thought, I can't go out like this, I have unfinished business."
RELATED ARTICLE: WARNING: Do not attempt to use this amount of weight yourself. Jean-Pierre is an experienced professional bodybuilder, who is aided by spotters, wraps and a lifting belt, and he uses a weight he is accustomed to. Always use caution when weight training. And when you're doing squats, spotters and a training belt are essential. However, Jean-Pierre's experience illustrates that even when taking every precaution, accidents can still happen. So always lift within your ability, and seek professional guidance when you perform exercises or use equipment for the first time.
WHY WE PRINTED THESE PHOTOS
When the accompanying photographs of Jean-Pierre Fux's training accident arrived on my desk, I hesitated to use them in the magazine. Although we wanted to tell Jean-Pierre's story, we didn't want to exploit this devastating incident, which happened to occur in front of FLEX photographer Chris Lund and his camera. It was Jean-Pierre himself who urged us to reconsider and publish the photos, both as a record of his injury and as an explicit cautionary lesson to others. We will continue to chart Jean-Pierre's progress during his rehabilitation, both to educate and inspire. We wish him the best -- he deserves it.
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Old 11-26-2006, 07:38 PM   #2
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Old 11-26-2006, 08:04 PM   #3
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Why in hell there was no safety pins?! duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuym... guy is fucked BIG TIME... all of best to him
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Old 11-26-2006, 08:10 PM   #4
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that sucks - he is/was one of my more favorite bb-ers
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Old 11-26-2006, 08:11 PM   #5
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Why in hell there was no safety pins?!

EXACTLY what I was thinking. Where in the hell is the safety pins? I mean come on that's just stupid to a degree I can't explain. Why are you relying on spotters when you are in a rack, that has holes for pins???????? DUMB! He's lucky that his spine wasn't crushed when he hit the ground. I swear, that's one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. Squatting in a rack without safety pins set. Sheesh.
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Old 11-26-2006, 08:14 PM   #6
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You'd think a pro bodybuilder would know better than to do that much weight with no saftey pins. Was he trying to show boat for the photo shoot?
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Old 11-26-2006, 08:23 PM   #7
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Old 11-26-2006, 08:52 PM   #8
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i thought that fake weights get used for photo shoots or something like that?
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Old 11-26-2006, 09:02 PM   #9
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i thought that fake weights get used for photo shoots or something like that?
After this incident fake plates were used...
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EXACTLY what I was thinking. Where in the hell is the safety pins? I mean come on that's just stupid to a degree I can't explain. Why are you relying on spotters when you are in a rack, that has holes for pins???????? DUMB! He's lucky that his spine wasn't crushed when he hit the ground. I swear, that's one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. Squatting in a rack without safety pins set. Sheesh.
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Old 11-26-2006, 10:40 PM   #11
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That's an old story. He recovered for the most part. Still a gross scenario.
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Old 11-26-2006, 11:49 PM   #12
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i thought that fake weights get used for photo shoots or something like that?
It depends on who's shooting the photos. For ads and stuff they usually use fake stuff. Per Bernal shoots most of the stuff for MD, and several guys say he's brutal to work with, because he makes guys use the heaviest weight they can hold for the shoot. The athlete looks awesome in the photos, but it's like a workout in itself.
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I'm afraid to say that I dont get it.

Also if this is old, how well did he recover?
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Old 11-27-2006, 01:00 AM   #14
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u won't comprehend everything in this world, sry
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Old 11-27-2006, 03:21 PM   #15
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:07 PM   #16
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Here is vid of fake plates in action

Good acting

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Old 11-27-2006, 07:52 PM   #17
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Lol, that was pretty funny. REAL bad on video, but probably looks great in a photoshoot.
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:02 AM   #18
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Lol, that was pretty funny. REAL bad on video, but probably looks great in a photoshoot.
Have you seen older Mucle Tech ads with JOJ where he has like 8 plates and 35 a side on Squats, no belt and is standing there like it's nothing? Let me see if I can find some pics.
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:07 AM   #19
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Yep Its dat dere Cell-Tech
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:33 AM   #20
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Well hey, better to have the fake plates like JJ there than to blow out the knees like JPF.
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LOLOLOLOL - holy shit that's awful nik!!

he has that look that screams "fuck, no one over the age of 19 is dumb enough to believe this bullshit."
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:38 AM   #22
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I think JOJ got a little bit carried away there with photoshop or fake plates, whacha guys think is 12 enough?


If only BearStrength could get a hold of those plates....ahhh the possibilities are endless

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Old 12-01-2006, 12:05 AM   #23
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I dont think fake plates would make that bar bend like that
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