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1/8/13 8:58 A


Vertigo can have many causes, which unfortunately none of us are in a position to offer ideas as to the cause. I hope you get some answers.

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1/8/13 3:44 A

Are you holding your breath unconsciously?

It is a big issue when strength training, so much that it can actually prevent you from performing at your best. Although in big lifts (e.g. squats or deadlifts with a heavy weight) a controlled exhaling is suggested, for repeated reps, you need to really breathe quite a bit, otherwise the increased blood pressure will leave you powerless for the remaining sets. Many times I had to wait too long between the sets because of my blood pressure skyrocketing for exhaling too slowly. Now I have learned to do it better, I hold my breath just about enough to get me lifting the weight, and then exhale pretty quickly, and my blood pressure does not increase as much.

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1/7/13 11:56 P

Hope your Doctor can help you get your vertigo straight.

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1/7/13 11:47 P

I'm glad you are seeing a doctor about this. Until you do, it is probably best to avoid planks.

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1/7/13 11:06 P

I don't think any of us could guess; the only thing I can figure is that there's some circulation issues at play, but only your doctor can say for sure. Are you eating before you workout? Sometimes, inadequate fuel can lead to lightheadedness.

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1/7/13 10:35 P

Today I had my third episode of vertigo while finishing a minute long plank. The vertigo lasts less than a minute, is not accompanied by any other symptoms at the time, but then I feel off and get a headache (mostly neck and muscular) later afternoon when this happens. I plan on seeing my doctor about this, but was curious if anyone else has experienced this? The vertigo ONLY happens with the plank, and no other exercise or weight lifting. Thanks for any info!

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