Passing out during a lift is one of the most common problems encountered in weight training. Most lifters don’t realize how dangerous it can be when lifting heavy weights with no rest between sets. Even experienced trainees get tired after doing several sets without resting. Sometimes they even pass out from exhaustion before finishing their last set!
In this article we will explain some basic facts about passing out during a lift and what you need to do if you experience such problem. If you are still not sure whether or not your training is safe, then please read our safety guidelines first.
What Is A Passing Out?
The term “passing out” means losing consciousness due to lack of oxygen supply. When someone passes out, he loses all awareness of his surroundings and becomes unconscious within seconds. Some people may lose consciousness while performing other activities like driving or operating machinery.
When a person passes out, he doesn’t necessarily stop moving; however, he does start to become drowsy. After a few minutes of being asleep, the person might regain awareness again. However, there is no guarantee that he will wake up right away.
In most cases, a passing out during a lift is the result of over-exhaustion or lack of oxygen in the body. In some cases, it may also indicate an underlying heart disease or other medical condition that needs to be addressed immediately.
What Causes Lifting-Related Fainting?
When your body works, it is responsible for sending oxygen to all parts of your body through the blood. During a hard training session, you may experience an increased heart rate that leads to increased blood flow through your body. When this happens, more blood is sent to the muscles you are working on. As a result, the brain receives less blood than it normally would.
Another cause for fainting is dehydration. Normally, your brain is constantly being refreshed with oxygenated blood. When you are dehydrated, the blood becomes “thicker” as it contains more oxygen-binding proteins. This increases blood flow to the brain and lessens the flow to other parts of the body.
As a result, your brain receives less blood and you start to lose consciousness.
It’s important to note that dehydration can be caused by more than just physical loss of water. Emotional stress, anxiety, and other factors can also lead to dehydration. If you feel lightheaded or dizzy during a training session, it’s always a good idea to stop and drink some water before continuing.
What Should You Do If You Pass Out?
If you lose consciousness while working out, then you should do the following things immediately:
Don’t try to walk or move around. Even turning your head quickly might make you pass out again.
Move to a safe place before lying down. You can lie down on the floor or sit against a wall. Make sure your head is lower than the rest of your body.
Wait until you feel normal again before attempting to get up.
If you still feel lightheaded or dizzy after resting, call for medical assistance immediately.
If you have any underlying medical conditions, talk to your doctor before engaging in a heavy exercise routine. Dehydration, lack of sleep, stress, and other medical conditions may increase your chances of passing out during an activity. If you notice any warning signs like lightheadedness, fatigue, or any tingling sensations during your sets, you should stop immediately and find a safe place to rest.
Remember that working out is supposed to make you feel better, not worse! If your training sessions are becoming more of a hassle than anything else, you may need to cut back and take a break. Always listen to your body during training and take rest days as needed. If your body is sending you warning signs, then you should act accordingly.
There’s no point in hurting yourself just to achieve a temporary “high” from lifting a heavy weight.
Always be safe when training and if you feel any pain or discomfort STOP and consult with a trainer or physician before continuing. Also, remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water before, during, and after your training sessions.
Always be sure to share this information with your friends and family!
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