Barbell Rows/Pendlay Rows and nausea

  • d694485

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    Aug 22, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
    So I've started StrongLifts 5x5 yet again and for some reason, every time I try to do the rows, I get nauseous and sometimes lightheaded/dizzy/about to faint. This is how i felt last year on this program and today I had the same issue. icon_sad.gif
    I'm not even lifting that heavy (only tried 65 lbs today lol. Trying to build my strength back up) Does anyone have any advice? I know I'm probably not giving enough details, so i will answer any questions.
  • GWriter

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    Aug 22, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    Are you wearing a weight belt? (The answer should be "No." You don't need one for that exercise, certainly not at that weight.) Maybe it's tight and interfering with circulation.
    Are your properly hydrated?
    Any pre-workout stimulants or other concoctions that could be the cause?
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    Aug 23, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    I know this may be a stupid question but are you breathing when you do the exercise? A lot of people hold their breath when they do heavy lifts which can cause you to get light headed and possibly nauseous. It's a thought...
  • d694485

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    Aug 23, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    GWriter saidAre you wearing a weight belt? (The answer should be "No." You don't need one for that exercise, certainly not at that weight.) Maybe it's tight and interfering with circulation.
    Are your properly hydrated?
    Any pre-workout stimulants or other concoctions that could be the cause?

    Weight belt, no.
    I think I'm properly hydrated. I do continuously drink water/protein shake during working out as well.
    I don't take supplements. But I mix whey protein with a mass gainer (Up Your Mass) which is supposedly just powdered food.
  • d694485

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    Aug 23, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    KSUOWL saidI know this may be a stupid question but are you breathing when you do the exercise? A lot of people hold their breath when they do heavy lifts which can cause you to get light headed and possibly nauseous. It's a thought...


    I used to and tried to keep breathing which helped a little, but the nausea still keeps coming.
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    Aug 23, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    I'm wondering if your low back is trying to tell you something.
  • d694485

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    Aug 23, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI'm wondering if your low back is trying to tell you something.

    If you're trying to tell me that I might be rounding my lower back, I'm pretty sure I'm not. The weight wasn't even that heavy so keeping that arch in my back wasn't difficult. But I will make sure to check both breathing and my lower back again next time anyway.

    What about my diet? I don't eat that much before working out. Just a cup of milk and oatmeal or milk and cereal. I had about an hour between the end of breakfast and the beginning of my workout as well.
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    Aug 23, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI'm wondering if your low back is trying to tell you something.
    That's not going to make you feel nauseous. That's just going to pinch your sciatic nerve and cause pain down the back of your buttocks and hamstrings, along with tingling/numbness in your foot. Been there; healed from that.

    What he's experiencing is a pinched nerve in his upper back, near his neck. I experience this too, sometimes, and a quick trip to the chiropractor fixes it every time.
  • d694485

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    Aug 24, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    eagermuscle saidI'm wondering if your low back is trying to tell you something.
    That's not going to make you feel nauseous. That's just going to pinch your sciatic nerve and cause pain down the back of your buttocks and hamstrings, along with tingling/numbness in your foot. Been there; healed from that.

    What he's experiencing is a pinched nerve in his upper back, near his neck. I experience this too, sometimes, and a quick trip to the chiropractor fixes it every time.


    Would you mind explaining the pinched nerve?

    Also, I don't seem to have this problem on squats or deadlifts, which I lift heavier on. Ok, well sometimes on my last set of deadlifts I feel a little winded, but that seems more normal than on rows...