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The heart of a lifter

Heart disease, often triggered by an unhealthy lifestyle, is one of the leading causes of death around the globe. Does lifting also tick the box of possibly sending you to an early grave?

Many lifters push their bodies to the absolute physiological limit. Take the bench press as an example. When you pile on the plates, the pressure of the weight is transmitted throughout the chest forcing the heart to increase its pressure in order to continue pumping blood. Doctors who have measured the blood pressure of elite-level lifters recorded systolic readings in excess of 300 mmHg during an all-out lift.

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