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Old 04-28-2007, 06:15 PM   #1
Douglas Braun
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First post on the board here:

When in a handstand position, my head feels like it's about to explode or my eyes are going to bug out. I have the strength to perform them but the sensation is so unpleasant that I don't do them. I'm 6' 185lbs. Is this my lack of experience or does it sound like this is a bad exercise for me?

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Old 04-28-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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That is normal. It becomes less of a problem as you continue to do them. Keep it up!
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Old 04-28-2007, 07:33 PM   #3
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You have not adapted to the increased bloodflow with inversion yet.

Practically headstands, hand bridges, inversions on bar or rings, rolls, and handstands against the wall or free will let you adapt to this over time.
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:02 AM   #4
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OK, that's what I was looking for. I'll stick with it and maybe start with timed handstands gradually working up to the HSPU's. Thanks for the advise.
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Old 04-29-2007, 02:11 PM   #5
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I've noticed the same thing now that I've restarted HSPU after about 4 months off. This time, the pressure is MUCH worse than before.

Does this ever get bad enough to cause medical problems?

HSPU is one of my favorite exercises, but I've also been kinda avoiding them lately for this reason.
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:31 PM   #6
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I've never heard of medical issues though perhaps too much tension somehow could cause a capillary to burst or something like that.

Time spent does not need to be completely upside down. Dog position or 3/4 handstand up the wall is fine for beginners.
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:10 PM   #7
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Some of these exercises, i think HSPU, increase ocular pressure when doing the exercise (if you hold your breath while doing an exercise it makes pressure go up moreso). This will feel like a strain on the eyes, and can produce blurred vision for quite a while. Supposedly the stress placed on the eyes are good for them in the long-term, as it reduces baseline ocular pressure. Exercise in general lowers ocular pressure long term, as well.

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Old 04-29-2007, 09:09 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. It's good to know more about what's going on.

I love HSPU and got pretty good at them last year. Looking forward to getting back up to speed.
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