Have you ever heard of getting dizzy from lifting weights?
I have a 68 year old woman who gets dizzy every time she lifts weights or strains. It will last a couple hours after her workout. We are going to try some bodyweight training with the TRX to see if that's ok. Have you ever heard of such a thing and how does one work with that?
Yes. There are a number of factors that possibly contribute to this, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, poor diet, out of shape, etc. I would suggest to have a medical check up done by her doctor and see if it's health related issue and eliminate some or all of the above guesses.
personally, I would not try anything else until she has seen her doctor. TRX and body weight training is still just resistance in another form, and I would see no reason to assume that it will change the response in her body.
It is particularly troubling that it lasts for a few hours after her workout. I assume that she drives home in her car.
Harris lists a few possibilities, and there may be others but this needs to be checked.
My two cents.
Please insist on medical clearance in writing prior to resuming her training sessions.
I love getting a patient's history, FIRST. What is her typical day like? When was the last time she was in an exercise program? When was last time she seen a doctor? Resting HR? Resting BP? What is her medical/orthopedic history? etc etc. This helps me better manage the program and I can have an idea of what to expect or possible complications when training them.
Also, she may be suffering from a condition simply called hypoglycemia. Is she eating before her workouts? If so, what, how much and how soon prior to exercising does she eat? Could be dehydration or a number of things. But that is where the medical history helps.
I also agree that it may warrant a visit to her doctor, unless the visit was recent. It may simply be that the workout is too intense for her and scaling back the intensity for what is right for her.
Anyway this lady has an endless pool she swims in everyday and an eliptical. I think she's a victim of her hormones cause she gained 50 pounds when she hit menopause.
Tim, this may be a bit TMI, but the straining is not weight related.
She told me she doesn't like meat and I suggested she consume more protein in other forms. I will ask her again about what the doctor said.
Thanks everyone, Jen
I would definitely find out the reason for this. There are many doctors out there from all nationalities. I would prefer speaking with a female doctor who has gone through menopause, if at all possible. You may get the most from someone who has more experience with this.
You may also want to refer to a registered dietitian.
Until then, please refrain from anything that causes dizziness.
Good luck and please let us know how you all make out.
It could also be an inner ear issue. You mentioned that she is a swimmer. Water or inflamation in the ear can often cause balance issues. This might be what she is experiencing. Its quite common in swimmers.
Also, women experience menopausal symptoms for years, before menopause and after. It could be a temperature control issue brought on by changing hormones. Her body gets overheated, but due to hormonal changes, does not always signal to the body that its overheated, although it will act that way to protect itself. Much like hot flashes.
As you can see, there could be tons of issues. A detailed daily plan can help to give both you and her some insights. But like the others stated, if its a real concern of hers, even though she's already been cleared to exercise, I'd have her follow up with a physician and push for an answer till she gets one.