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04-18-2018, 10:09 AM
Hello Everyone,

I have received an e-mail question that I don't have an answer to.

Question: "Does bench pressing pose the same risk for losing consciousness that dead lifts and squats do?"

I have no experience with this. Some of you have been avid weight lifters in the past so let me ask you. Have you ever heard of someone losing consciousness while bench pressing?

---John Peterson

P.S. If in fact people pass out while bench pressing the implications are far worse in terms of injury or even death when you think it through.

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04-18-2018, 11:14 AM
John, its risky but not as bad as deadlifting or squatting. The so called bench press specialists recommend that you inhale deeply just before you lower the weight. You then hold your breath during the liftoff and while lowering the weight. You only exhale when you hit your sticking point on the way up and do so forcefully. This does help drive the weight up past that sticking point. It is crazy either way, again, who cares how much your max is. If one insists on benching, then inhale and exhale normally as you would during pushups. Pushups of course are much safer on the shoulders, and done in high reps are great cardio, as well as working more muscle groups.
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