Controlling Lightheadedness during decline bench

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  1. Zoomba

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    Part of my chest routine has me doing decline barbell bench presses, but the movements are quite foreign to me. I know I've only done it twice, but whenever I get onto the bench and into position, all the blood in my body rushes to my head and makes me lightheaded. I don't like this feeling because it means that I cannot devote 100% concentration to pressing up and lowering the bar in a controlled manner.

    Is there a way that I can lessen the lightheadedness or is it something I will eventually get used to?
     
  2. getjacked

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    you are either

    a) out of shape
    b) not breathing properly
     
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    breathe.

    do not hold your breathe while getting in and laying down, etc.. You need to be breathing well the entire time... Also, it is an issue of just getting used to it.
     
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    Well, option a is a given

    Option b, before I actually start the exercise, I try and give myself some time and attempt to get my breathing under control
     
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    how steep of a decline are you on? :eek3:
     
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    I never really figured that out, I just use whatever angle the bench is on. It doesn't look like I can adjust the angle of the bench, but I never really looked all that closely
     
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    Try something lighter than 135, it might be too heavy.
     
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    It wasn't 135, it was more like 85 (two 10s on either side and the bar)

    ...yes, I suck
     
  9. getjacked

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    you'll either get used to it, or just stop doing it... there's all kinds of possibilities that you could be running into. Narrow down the little things, like breathing and possibly too much of an angle then go from there.
     
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    incline sucks, substitute with more squats.
     
  11. getjacked

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    I think you mean decline, and no.
     
  12. FlameBox

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    oops yeah decline :o
     
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    try some ammonia caps

    :hsugh:
     
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    do you eat before the workout?
     
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    dont forget to headbut the bar, Tommy Fannon style
     
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    I tend to workout later than 8 pm, and right now, I tend to be eating dinner a few hours before that, so my stomach is "hopefully" empty
     
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