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    Near blackout during military press

    Made an account so I could see if anyone in the community has heard of/experienced this issue. I’ve worked out regularly for the past 20+ years; always incorporated military press. I’d say in the last three years I’ve had this issue. Usually after the third rep I literally start blacking out. Vision starts to go dark, brain gets fuzzy, and I almost pass out. I can set the bar back on the rack until I regain myself, usually about 5 seconds, and then I can continue without issue. However, I am sure that if I did not set the bar down at that point that I would fully faint/lose consciousness. Anyone?

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    It has happened to me too. Probably bloodflow to the head - perhaps something pinching in the neck area. I like to use high rep overhead shrugs to exercise the area. You can also do facepulls or reverse flys to help too. General steady state cardio might help with opening up blood vessels too
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    Originally Posted by CvBBcom View Post
    Made an account so I could see if anyone in the community has heard of/experienced this issue. I’ve worked out regularly for the past 20+ years; always incorporated military press. I’d say in the last three years I’ve had this issue. Usually after the third rep I literally start blacking out. Vision starts to go dark, brain gets fuzzy, and I almost pass out. I can set the bar back on the rack until I regain myself, usually about 5 seconds, and then I can continue without issue. However, I am sure that if I did not set the bar down at that point that I would fully faint/lose consciousness. Anyone?

    No issues with any other lifts.
    When you do OHP is it the first exercise you do in the workout, and if so, has that always been the case in the last 3 years when this has been happening?
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    Same thing happens to me after months long breaks from deadlifting. It passes after some time getting back into it. You might want to check for blood pressure issues if it started happening out of the blue.
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    Often see it when people fill their cheeks with air trying to brace..

    Probably the most common lift I see it happen with next to deads
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    Strange that the two lifts representing (generally) the lightest and heaviest compound movements are each separately responsible for this in multiple people...
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    Yeah actually similar happened to me doing curls standing with cable machine. And having starting lifting again after years of not.

    But I also have high BP. I stopped lifting again because of it. Scary feeling. I need to lose the weight and get a normal BP first. I was also taking water pills too so maybe that’s why dunno.
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