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Breathing While Deadlifting

Does anyone else get lightheaded right after a really heavy deadlift. I was thinking maybe I’m not breathing correctly or something. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong.

every three reps I take another breath

Read the “Dead Zone” by Dave Tate. Click on his name to the left.

Usually I inhale on the way down, then exhale (in a sort of scream or loud grunt) as I’m pulling the weight up. If I can’t finish the lift in a single breath, I probably can’t lift the weight.

[quote]pavlaki wrote:
Does anyone else get lightheaded right after a really heavy deadlift. I was thinking maybe I’m not breathing correctly or something. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong.

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Well id argue that if you arent out of breath, seeing stars, and a touch dizzy and euphoric after a maximal pull then it wasnt a maximal pull and you had a lot left in the tank and are selling yourself short.

Hell yes we all get light headed after a huge pull. You ought to hook a BP monitior up to you or someone doing a heavy DL or squat sometime and watch what that monitor does. CRAZY!!

Pull hard but pull smart.

Phill

Yeah when I’m maxing on a dead or squat my face pretty much turns purple, especially if I have to really strain it- like I usually do.

I might grab some fresh air once I get to the top, but I’ll stay braced.

At the gym I’m at I’ll have to set it back down again under control…

I take a big breath and then lift. If needed I exhale at the lockout and take a big breath before lowering the bar

I get a bit dizzy after a ME single.
I setup, look up, take a deep breath and hold it like I do for squats, then pull. I might grunt a bit during the pull, but I don’t let my breath go until I’m locked out.
And then, only in a short hiss, maybe (depends on the weight), because I, too, have to set the weight down under control, so I don’t let it all out until I’ve released the bar.

Yeah, wasn’t the highest BP ever measured not in some hospital patient or unhealthy person, but in some champion squatter, who also had a super-low resting pulse? Shows that BP isn’t really so important as vein/artery stretchiness and recuperation.

Anyway, I’d probably take a breath after every rep of a deadlift. Aren’t you supposed to lift, set it down, stand up, then go down and lift again? It guarantees you get a straight start and can perfect your form each time. If you just go up/down up/down for high reps, may as well do good mornings or back extensions.