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Old 09-01-2011, 12:52 PM
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Default Weightlifting bad for your eyesight?

While lurking another bodybuilding forum, I ran into a similar thread. Here are the links of the articles:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/20...ndhealth.sport
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/5334116.stm
http://health.dailynewscentral.com/c...ew/0002419/55/

The responses on the other forum where positive for our cause, as no one reported having problems with their eyesight even after lifting for decades. My question is if we can trust these articles? I would like your opinions please.

PS I've been lifting for 3 years and I also have not had any eyesight problems.

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The articles are 5 years old, so we don't know if any new info has come about on the subject. But it sounds like it is caused for a big change in eyeball pressure by holding your breath during reps. So if you are really worried, then just don't hold your breath. Powerlifters tend to hold their breath for a 1 rep max but bodybuilders breathe in on the negative and out on the positive. And it said it affected bodybuilders less.
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:58 PM
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The articles are 5 years old, so we don't know if any new info has come about on the subject. But it sounds like it is caused for a big change in eyeball pressure by holding your breath during reps. So if you are really worried, then just don't hold your breath. Powerlifters tend to hold their breath for a 1 rep max but bodybuilders breathe in on the negative and out on the positive. And it said it affected bodybuilders less.
Ok! Thank you very much for the reply.
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:07 PM
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I've seen one eye issue since I've been lifting. A guy who benched around 1k had blood come out of his eyes. Probably from the pressure of exertion in his face and not breathing correctly.

There's not a chance it can hurt your eye sight if you work out correctly.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:51 AM
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Tests on 30 male newbie weightlifters showed that when they held their breath while performing bench press exercises, the pressure in their eyes increased significantly.
Fixed this from the first article. If you are holding your breath while bench pressing then you are doing it wrong.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:12 PM
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I hold my breath to raise abdominal pressure on all lifts that could injure my back(during the portion of the lift that compromises the back), this comes from Rippetoe's advice. Same thing this guy talks about: http://www.crossfitoakland.com/archi...save-your-back
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