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2004/03/24 17:07:21 (permalink)
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Peaking blood pressure

Hi Guys

I am currently doing 5x5 routine on a three day split, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on swapping a couple of exercises.

My routine is:

Mon: Chest & Tri

1) 5x5 DB Bench
2) 5x5 Dips (Chest)
3) 5x5 DB Shoulder Press
4) 5x5 Skulls (DB)

Wed: Back & Bi

1) 5x5 Deadlift
2) 5x5 Chins (Wide Grip)
3) 3x5 Bent over Barbell rows
4) 5x5 Barbell Curl

Fri: Legs

1) 5x5 Squats
2) 5x5 Stiff Leg deads
3) 5x5 Calf Raises

I have been having problems with bad headaches whilst training recently, specifically after Deadlifts, Squats & Stiff leg deads. The doctor reckons this is caused by peaking blood pressure and has advised me to lay off these exercises.

Can anyone suggest some exercises to replace Squats, deads and SLD's.
I'm sure some of you are cringing out there as these are three main movements, however i need to change before something goes pop!

Cheers
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    Al
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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2004/03/24 17:40:37 (permalink)
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    Leg presses - particularly lying leg presses are much worse than squats and deadlifts for raising blood pressure so don't change to those.
    The highest blood pressure ever measured was during a leg press.
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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2004/03/24 20:12:33 (permalink)
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    Try a lighter weight with a slower more perfect form. And don't hold your breath. I would be mindful of this and maybe cut out squats for a while until the problem lessons a bit.
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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2004/03/25 09:56:30 (permalink)
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    TBO I have less of a problem with squats, its mainly the Deadlifts and SLD's that give me the headache.
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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2004/03/25 12:31:55 (permalink)
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    Do you have an overall blood pressure that's typically high? What's your cardiovascular fitness like? Personally I'd say to lighten the weight for a few weeks on deads if it is that bad. If your doctor measured your BP then I suspect that he has said that you have a high BP generally. If this is the case then you need to look closely at diet and your general fitness levels as a first port of call IMHO.

    You might want to also post this question in the General forum for the attention of "The Doctor" as more people will see it there.
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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2004/03/25 14:32:20 (permalink)
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    No my blood pressure is normally pretty good, when the doc measured my blood pressure it was normal, but made the diagnosis based on what I told her. Your probably right i'm just lifting too much, I'm having all sorts of problems with deadlifts, i'm lifting about 120KG at the moment and my spine feels like its being crushed when i reach the top of the movement (Standing upright). But if the weight is any lower I can do five sets of five easily!

    My cardio is pretty good too, i'm currently doing 30 min run (gradient) + 15mins on a bike, twice a week.
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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2004/03/25 15:02:15 (permalink)
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    You are suffering from Benign Exertional Headache.

    Straining or a Valsalva-type manoeuver precipitates the acute onset of severe throbbing pain, for a few seconds to a few minutes. The headache then settles to a dull ache lasting 4 to 6 hours. In subsequent weeks to months, the headache recurs with exertion. The patient has no history of migraine and a normal neurologic exam.

    Exertional headaches are thought to be vascular (eg blood pressure) in origin, but this is unproven. However studies of weight lifters demonstrate that, with maximal lifts, systolic blood pressure may reach levels above 400 mm Hg and diastolic pressures above 300 mm Hg.

    As mentioned:

    Try diff exercises for those bodyparts.
    Or Same exercises but lighter weights.
    Pay attention to breathing.
    Sometimes a NSAID painkiller is helpful.


    Here is a case study demonstrating similar:
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    Ann Emerg Med. 1982 Aug;11(8):449-51.

    Weight lifter's cephalgia.

    Powell B.

    Physical exertion can cause migraine or the benign exertional headache. The case is presented of a 30-year-old male weight lifter who experienced excruciating headache while doing leg presses on a weight machine. Physical examination was normal, as were subsequent examinations. The patient resumed training with lighter weights and did not again experience headaches. Some experts estimate that up to 4% of the adult population engages in weight lifting occasionally, and thus this malady may be more common than is realized.




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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2004/03/26 17:04:22 (permalink)
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    Thanks for chipping in Doc. Hopefully that gives nigemo something to think about between headaches .
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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2004/03/29 11:19:21 (permalink)
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    Yeah, Thanks doc, that clears things up, think I will take some weight off and see how I go. But just for reference are ther any exercises that can replace deadlift?
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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2005/04/14 23:31:00 (permalink)
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    i got the same problem
    post edited by TemporaryBulker - 2005/04/14 23:32:47
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    RE: Peaking blood pressure 2005/04/15 08:30:06 (permalink)
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    I had the same problem... and took a week off. It pretty much cleared up on most exercises apart from squats... I found that if I really concentrate on the breathing and also take it quite a bit slower (same weight) then I don't get any problems at all
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