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Deadlifts Make Me Dizzy


#1

this might seem like a dumb question but im a little concerned about something. when i deadlift i feel very lightheaded and dizzy after i set the bar down after my heavy set(s).

i have asked some people at the gym and they say its normal. one guy told me to reverse my breathing and see if that helps, meaning breathe in when standing up and breathe out when lowering the weight.

none of the answers ive gotten from the gym members satisfy me so i thought id come on here and ask the people who would know. so is the lightheaded feeling normal or am i doing something wrong?


#2

its pretty normal

when you deadlift, you should take a breath before the lift, hold it in to remain tight as you lift, and then exhale at the top or as you lower the bar

the lack of oxygen will make you slightly lightheaded

after i squat or deadlift, i feel lightheaded and almost see stars. its normal

at least youre not puking after every set along with the lightheadedness


#3

good answer Bulldog. I agree 100%.


#4

If your not puking after every workout then you aren't working hard enough!! (lol)


#5

hard to digest your pre-workout meal (whenever that is) if you're vomiting it back up during training

the trick is training hard enough to just avoid that happening


#6

Deadlifts and squats make me dizzy too! I feel like I'm going to pass out after particularly hard set.

It's from the change in blood pressure because you are exerting your entire body to the maximum for these exercises, and putting it under an enormous load.

I think it's normal.


#7

does that mean squats are bad if u wanna live long?


#8

GO AWAY


#9

One thing I noticed is that if I take a full breath then I feel dizzy, but if I take only 3/4 then I feel fine (or at least less dizzy).
Taking a full breath and then holding it can create too much pressure, so taking less breath is much more beneficial. At least taking 3/4 of a full breath is what I read somewhere on EFS


#10

I had a training partner this summer that would almost fall down after he pulled heavy. Makes sense after having to strain for a long time without breathing that you would get light headed. Make sure there is ntohing to crack your skull on if you pass out and keep pulling heavy.


#11


Eating lead and sniffing glue are bad for longevity as well.

With that said, I suggest you up your intake.


#12

Eating pre-workout may help, it does in my case - my 1/2 serving of Surge just wasnt enough, now I eat a medium sized meal about an hour or so before working out.


#13

apart from the, 'this is normal' reply thought I'd add that I find it worse when I'm using home weights vs proper olympic size weights, I think its because I'm forced to bend more at the start of the lift (cause the bar is much lower to the ground and my knees push into my guts) and it compresses my diaphragm.... Try breathing higher up in your chest, or using bigger circumference weights.

Just a thought.


#14

it might work

or it might just give you more to throw up afterwards.


#15

double check your breathing and eating before you lift...maybe some during-the-workout-nutrition (Surge) too?

i only get/got dizzy when i hit new PR's that are a struggle to get up....stars, seeing black, tasting vomit....all part of the game.

man up.


#16

x2

I had that problem for awhile my Junior year of high school after I blacked out after squatting once. Breathing out slowly during concentric movements (on your way up) helps me a bunch, and now I don't really feel dizzy after deadlifting/squatting anymore.


#17

thanks for all the input guys! its not that i dont want to "man up" and lift the weight, its that i was concerned that i was doing something wrong. now i know im not so i will give the breathing tips and pre-workout meal tips a try and see if it helps. otherwise i guess ill just pull hard and count the stars lol!


#18

i nearly passed out a few times today. cutting cals and deading hard.

still having probs gsx?


#19

Man i dont know what the hell u ppl are talking about, theres nothing normal about feeling light headed when lifting, your doing something wrong. I just take normal deep breaths, holding your breath for heavy lift actually makes it harder specially for something like deadlift where flexibility is required.


#20

Man i dont know what the hell u ppl are talking about, theres nothing normal about feeling light headed when lifting, your doing something wrong.

I just take normal deep breaths, holding your breath for heavy lift actually makes it harder specially for something like deadlift where flexibility is required.