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Old 08-10-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
Scott Alexander
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Dizzy

This isn't necessarily an injury, but a friend of mine who has just started with me in the gym complains of becoming extremely dizzy when squatting and deadlifting. He is doing low weight as we work on his form, but 7 reps into a squat set (A2A back squats @ 75lbs), he felt he needed to stop due to this.

Aerobic activities do not lead to this feeling (rowing, burpee sets).

Quick stats are: 35 yo male, 6'2", 193 lbs. Moderate activity to date (some rowing, jogging), spends considerable time sitting (professional desk jockey). No medications or history of cardiac conditions. We have just begun a cycle of Greyskull Linear Progression.

My thought is that he is: 1. demanding more from his skeletal muscle than he is used to and so it is shunting blood to those areas and, 2. he's likely dehydrated, exacerbating the condition. I expect that it is something that can be fixed fairly easily by upping water intake and possibly an electrolyte mix and slowly increasing the weights.

Any ideas from others smarter than me on what might be going on and how to address it?
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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Re: Dizzy

make sure he is breathing in and out and not valsalvaing during the workout as a valsalva can pool blood away from brain and make people feel lightheaded due to decreased blood flow in his carotids, also seeing his PCP if not better
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:20 PM   #3
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Re: Dizzy

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make sure he is breathing in and out and not valsalvaing during the workout as a valsalva can pool blood away from brain and make people feel lightheaded due to decreased blood flow in his carotids, also seeing his PCP if not better
Yep.

Pursed lips exhale on the concentric portion of the lift will help mitigate valsalva effects if his body can't handle it
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