The 33-year-old was strength training at The Paradise Bali gym in Sanur when he attempted to squat-press 210kg (463 pounds).
Vicky, who is also a nutritional adviser and bodybuilder, boasted over 30,000 followers on Instagram. In the wake of the horrific accident, he was rushed to a local hospital with a broken neck and critical compression of vital nerves connecting to his heart and lungs.
Despite the best efforts of the surgeons who performed an emergency operation, he died shortly afterwards.
Vicky, who is originally from Indonesia was trying to extend his legs when the heavy bar weighed down on his shoulders meaning he was struggling to stand upright.
The spotter who stood behind him was unable to assist him as he fell to the ground and the stacked barbell fell onto the back of his neck.
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Many of Vicky’s colleagues and friends have paid tribute to him on social media.
Close friend, Gede Sutarya, wrote: “Vicky was a good person, polite, and sociable. He always shared knowledge about the gym. He also advised friends at the gym to be cautious and not exceed their capabilities during training. “Only we ourselves can measure our own abilities. May Mas Vicky rest peacefully in the embrace of God and find a worthy place.”
The Paradise Bali gym also expressed their condolences on social media: “To our dear Justyn, your impact on our lives is immeasurable. Your legacy will live on through the countless lives you’ve touched, the transformations you’ve inspired, and the love and passion you infused into every moment we spent together.”
“Rest peacefully, dear friend. You will forever remain in our hearts.”
Another friend wrote: “He was always full of positive vibes and make me to stay motivated.”
“I’ll never forget his impact on my fitness journey. It’s a tough loss, but we’ll keep his spirit alive.”