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    A friend of mine gets lightheaded during pin presses and presses. I was recommended at the Denver SS seminar to post a video to see if there's anything form wise that might be going on to cause it: video

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    He's leaving the bar in front of his shoulders at lockout, but I don't see how that would cause a blackout.

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    Thanks for taking a look. I'll let him know. Someone at the seminar mentioned that they were lightheaded and then started using smelling salts and that helped. I have no idea why that would help, but I don't think it would make things worse. Maybe we'll see how that works for him.

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    Is it only on pin presses he gets light-headed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Troupos View Post
    Is it only on pin presses he gets light-headed?
    Pin presses and presses. Number of reps don't seem to matter much. Just the absolute weight.

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    Unrelated to lifting, I faint easily from postural syncope. Some people don't, some people do. It appears his knees are locked hard the entire time, that would send me into a haze quickly -just a theory.

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    An incorrect valsalva may also be part of the problem.

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    I've coached him in person, and we've confirmed multiple times he's taking his valsalva correctly.

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    Out of curiosity, does he also suffer from this during dead-lifting?

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    I’ve had that issue almost constantly since I started lifting. It’s was really bad on the first rep, but if I could stay composed, then the lightheaded dizzy feeling went away. Post COVID it’s entirely vanished, no idea why.

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