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Trouble Breathing on High Rep Sets

I’m a 24 year old powerlifter. The other day I was doing snatch grip deadlft for reps of ten. at the end of each set I was out of beath and couldn’t seem take get enough oxygen. I’ve had this happen before but it’s only on intense high rep workouts. I’m fine if I do heavy weight low set. Don’t know if I’m getting asthma or if my cardio is low. I used to play soccer and never had a problem but that was years ago.

Sounds like your conditioning needs work. IMO…the best way to improve your high-rep deadlift is to perform high-rep deadlift.

x2. You’re out of shape.

Weird. I had a similar thing when I did a 20 rep set of squats the other day. And when I’m doing 400 and 800m runs. And rows. In fact anything which is hard work and lasts longer than about 15 seconds…

[quote]The_Swede wrote:
Weird. I had a similar thing when I did a 20 rep set of squats the other day. And when I’m doing 400 and 800m runs. And rows. In fact anything which is hard work and lasts longer than about 15 seconds…
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pretty sure this is normal

[quote]Field wrote:

[quote]The_Swede wrote:
Weird. I had a similar thing when I did a 20 rep set of squats the other day. And when I’m doing 400 and 800m runs. And rows. In fact anything which is hard work and lasts longer than about 15 seconds…
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pretty sure this is normal[/quote]

Pretty sure that was sarcasm.

[quote]masond_06 wrote:
I’m a 24 year old powerlifter. The other day I was doing snatch grip deadlft for reps of ten. at the end of each set I was out of beath and couldn’t seem take get enough oxygen. I’ve had this happen before but it’s only on intense high rep workouts. I’m fine if I do heavy weight low set. Don’t know if I’m getting asthma or if my cardio is low. I used to play soccer and never had a problem but that was years ago.[/quote]

I can relate. If you’re using caffeine, play with the dosage, you may need to lower it. I agree with the out of shape comment. To prevent this do not skip workouts. Also, there’s such thing as taking in too much air. If you’re using a weight you can lift 10 times it’s not necessary to abuse the ‘pull-in-air’ technique. Just keep it tight.