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    Angry Muscles tightening in the back of my head

    sometimes when i'm doing chest press on my dad's weight machine all the muscles in the back of my head tighten and give me an extremely painful headache. Its like a charlie horse on the back of my head. It does not seem like i am going with too much weight either. I can do like 2-3 sets of 10 reps. But if i try to push myself or move up in weight this thing happens. WTF is wrong with me!

    i'm not a serious body builder, but i do wanna get a lot stronger and this problem really holds me back.
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    I think you should go to the doctor immedaitly.

    Migraines maybe?
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    do you working out in a cold room?
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    Sounds like a significant rise in blood pressure as you lift. This is usually because of pre-existing hypertension (high blood pressure). You should get into the doctor to get tests run. Normally high blood pressure arises later in life, but young people can have problems with it.
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    ii think i might of had the same problem when i first started lifting...but the pain was more at my side of the head.....it was due to not breathing properly...i started breathing a lot heavier and it slowly disapeared.....but that's just me....go see a doctor just to make sure...

    and yes...it was painful....veryyy
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    Originally Posted by RLuu
    ii think i might of had the same problem when i first started lifting...but the pain was more at my side of the head.....it was due to not breathing properly...i started breathing a lot heavier and it slowly disapeared.....but that's just me....go see a doctor just to make sure...

    and yes...it was painful....veryyy
    Not breathing properly (also occurs in the Valsalva Maneuver) is known to cause a severe hike in blood pressure.
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    Originally Posted by KhanPaulsen
    Sounds like a significant rise in blood pressure as you lift. This is usually because of pre-existing hypertension (high blood pressure). You should get into the doctor to get tests run. Normally high blood pressure arises later in life, but young people can have problems with it.
    yah i was thinking the same. Probably as a result of stress only reasonble factor at under 20 age.

    Try a massage and some relaxation techniques for 2 weeks or so, sotp lifting for this time period.
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    I had this problem awhile ago. I found out that it was due to overtraining. Take a week off of chest excercises. It will really do more good than harm, you might be frying your CNS. Don't take the chance, rest and eat more. I would also advise to see a doctor about your blood pressure. And finally, try to lay off the excess cholesterol.
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    thanks for the replies guys. My brother has a trainer who knows a lot about this stuff so i'm probably gonna see him sometime soon. I'll try some new breathing techniques today and take it easy on the chest excercises. i really hope i don't have high blood pressure b/c that would suck. I have taken breaks before but it just ends up coming back

    It seems to be some sort of hyper-tension b/c every now and then when i lean back and strech out my arms at school a i'll get a less intense version of the same thing.
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    lol I know EXACTLY what you have. I have those. Takes some stretching and heat to relax the muscles. My worst episode took me out of lifting for 3 weeks. Piece of ****...

    Seriously all you have to do is NOT flex your neck into the bench when lifting. You'll learn to relax your neck while putting forth maximal effort. There is probably some reason, I went to a chiropractor and they gave me a reason for it, but I have found that NOT pushing with my head works fine AND it is helpful overall.
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    yea my mom helped me w/ some relaxing techniques that helped all my muscles relax but i could still feel tension today while lifting. Three weeks is a long time. My last episode would not relax the whole day. I took a hot shower and i could still feel it. three hours later i went for a run and i still had a headache.

    My brother's trainer is an excercise physiologist so he knows a lot about this stuff, and my mom, a nurse, is confident he can help. Well i'm glad some ppl who have had the same sort of problem were able to get over it. Thanks of the help
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    yea make sure ur breathing and not lifting ur body up with ur neck or head off of the bench
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    I had the same thing

    I had this same thing happen. I took a few days off from the gym, about a week and I haven't had any trouble since. I went to the Dr. as well and was told to stay out of gym for a week.
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    Sounds like you're in need of some skull training. This belongs in the skull section. Use the search button next time.



    Notsrs. I'd go to the doctor.
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    It could be a variety of things:

    Do you pull your head up while you lift?
    Do you hold your breath each rep?
    Do you have high blood pressure in family history?
    Have you tried any other exercises that cause this? (ex: military press, pushups BEFORE benching)
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    Strength: >85% 1RM <6reps 2-6sets
    Power
    - Single effort: 80-90% 1RM, 1-2reps 3-5sets
    - Multi effort: 75-85% 1RM, 3-5reps 3-5sets
    Hypertrophy: 67-85% 1RM, 6-12reps 3-6sets
    Endurance: <67% 1RM, >12 reps 2-3sets

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