light headed during leg conditioning

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    Feb 17, 2011 7:39 PM GMT
    the only time i ever get light headed while working out is during leg conditioning. today i did about an hour of leg conditioning with a trainer and had to stop 2 or 3 times because my vision went a little black. it goes away in about 3 minutes but this only happens during legs.
    before my workout i ate a fiber bar and had a lean protein shake so i didnt feel hungry. i also took a multivitamin with iron. i know that the blood goes to my legs and that might make me light headed but when i do weighted leg stuff - like squats, presses ect i dont get this same feeling.
    i dont know if its the combo of cardio mixed with conditioning..like jumping, suicides, lunges...all of which i do timed and not in sets with no rest time in between or if im not breathing right or if it could be an actual medical problem.

    anyone have any input on this? what i should be doing? breathing tips? better hydration? its very fucking frustrating to have to stop and sit down when i see other people pushing through.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 17, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    how is your blood pressure?
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    Feb 17, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    im not sure. whats the best way to check that? i dont have insurance
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    Feb 17, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
    Most drug stores or pharmacies have a self tester. Try to be calm when you do it. Sometimes being light-headed can be a result of low blood pressure.
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    Feb 20, 2011 7:39 AM GMT
    The first time in my life I did a leg workout, after I got done with my second set of squats I felt kind of strange and walked into the men's room to splash water on my face. I cupped my hands to get some water, and the instant I leaned my head down toward the sink, BAM! On the floor.
    It took me 15-20 seconds just to orient myself to the strange new horizontal position of my body against the cold (filthy) tile, and realize, "Whoah, did I just pass out?! Holy crap I must have. What the hell?!?"

    For me, it is specifically tied to intense leg workouts, particularly because they so often involve repeated intervals of rapidly changing inclination/tilt of the body. Certain leg press machines I know to be cautious using.

    Ask your doctor about "vasovagal syncope". If you cannot afford a doctor, go do research at your local library (preferably a college/university, which will have access to more authoritative scholarly resources than a small-town municipal library). Ask your parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins if there are any family members who've had fainting spells. Be mindful of sudden changes in prone/upright/bent positions. With those types of exercises, give yourself 5-10 seconds after the last rep of each set, and take two slow deep breaths before standing up or transitioning to the next exercise.
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    Apr 22, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    I get that. Several of the guys at my gym get it too. Prob more likely on younger guys - higher sympathetic tone?
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    Apr 23, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    You could be holding your breath during your sets. I've done it before without realizing it and it makes me a little dizzy after the set. Make sure you're inhaling and exhaling effectively with each rep.
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    Apr 23, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    dude, that is not good. do you hold your breath when you are lifting?
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    May 04, 2011 8:35 AM GMT
    blackstrap saidthe only time i ever get light headed while working out is during leg conditioning. today i did about an hour of leg conditioning with a trainer and had to stop 2 or 3 times because my vision went a little black. it goes away in about 3 minutes but this only happens during legs.
    before my workout i ate a fiber bar and had a lean protein shake so i didnt feel hungry. i also took a multivitamin with iron. i know that the blood goes to my legs and that might make me light headed but when i do weighted leg stuff - like squats, presses ect i dont get this same feeling.
    i dont know if its the combo of cardio mixed with conditioning..like jumping, suicides, lunges...all of which i do timed and not in sets with no rest time in between or if im not breathing right or if it could be an actual medical problem.

    anyone have any input on this? what i should be doing? breathing tips? better hydration? its very fucking frustrating to have to stop and sit down when i see other people pushing through.


    You need to make sure you stay well hydrated. You are 27 and shouldn't have blood pressure problems unless there is a family history. If you don't have insurance, look up some clinics in your area. They will take you and give you a sliding scale payment schedule that is usually really reasonable ($0-50).

    Given the time it happens vasovagal syncope is the most likely diagnosis. If you didn't sit down when you felt lightheaded, you would pass out and possibly injure yourself on the way down.

    Some people are just prone to this and the general recommendation is to avoid the activity in the future. You should experiment with modifying your workout to avoid these periods of high physiological stress. You should add some rest periods in. Look at it this way, it's better to have the rest periods than to bring yourself to the bring of passing out and end up taking up more time than the rest periods would have. Your body is telling you want it wants brosef.
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    May 18, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    I suggest getting your blood pressure checked as well. It might just be that your heart cannot pump blood fast enough get everything circulating. This will be easily shown through the top number of your BP measurement.

    A normal BP range is 120/80. If the top number is different within at least 10pts. Go to a clinic and see if they can check things out. No worries, these things can sometimes be easily fixed with a possible change in workout routine, or diet or even just possibly an anti-coagulant. BUT.. you need to get it checked! icon_smile.gif

    Hope this helps,

    Cameron

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