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Is it true that bench press can cause heart problems??? Thx for answering, anybody!!!!!???

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If you have breathing problems or problems with high blood pressure, you should talk to your doctor or a trainer in a gym ( if they are qualified ), so that you can choose proper exercise for you. When you bench press, you have to hold breath in order to get tighter and lift more weight. By holding your breath you will increase your blood pressure, which is why you need to be careful.
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That is flat out wrong. You do NOT hold your breath while benching. Proper form includes breathing in while lowering the weight and breathing out while you push it back up. There is no reason why bench pressing would be hard on your heart as long as you are good enough health to be in the gym lifting weights in the first place.
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Wow, how vindictive. The proper form for a bench press IS to breathe while you're performing the exercise, but there is a moment when you need to hold your breath on the bridge between the concentric and eccentric contractions... You can ask any body builder NOT juicin' and they'll tell you the exact same thing.

If the pain while holding your breath is right in the middle of your sternum, your heart is being pressurized against your rib cage. The cause of this could be anything including but not limited to: asthma, smoking, bronchitis, high blood pressure (and high cholesterol), and possibly a cracked sternum.

My advice? Don't bounce the bar off your chest, you're cheating yourself in addition to harming your heart. And use a little less weight to start out, work your way up so that your heart can get use to it.
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What you are referring to is a Valsalva maneuver. It is not OK to perform this during any of your exercises. Anyone who tells you that it is proper form to hold your breath while exercising (even for just a short period of time) is informing you incorrectly. Holding your breath during weight lifting increases the intrathoracic pressure in your chest cavity which will not only increase your blood pressure, but it can also lead to herniations and in some instances a stroke. It will also have direct impacts on the heart. I would stop taking advice from these body builders as they are incorrect with their information and are setting themselves up for inury.
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yes you do. if you're benching heavy you hold your breath through the rep. weightlifting isnt yoga. I can link a bunch of vids citing this as the proper technique if you want
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WRONG, WRONG, WRONG....Quit spreading misinformation. I have been bench pressing for 45 years and consider myself an expert on the exercise. When one bench presses, whether for multiple reps or a single maximum attempt, the correct form is to inhale fully as the bar is lowered, pause at the chest for a split-second (no bouncing) and then exhale as the bar is pressed back up. Anyone who says the bench press should be performed any other way has no idea what they are talking about.
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WRONG. I don't care if you have been bench pressing for 100 years. Ask ANY powerlifter, ANY powerlifting coach and they will tell you to maintain your air via valsalva when performing ANY compound movement. If you breath out your air before you pass your sticking point, you lose core stability and thus lose pressing strength.
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