This happened about a week ago but I decided not to post it, because I wanted the dust to settle a little.
A couple of Fridays ago I decided to go rogue with my coach and test my deadlift. It hadn't been that long since my last heavy lift, but I'm not preparing to enter any competitions any time soon so I decided to have a fun afternoon...until it was cut short.
This 145kg deadlift (319lb) was not meant to be my top weight. 100, 120, and 135kg had all come up fine, but after locking out a heavy but satisfying lift, incorrect breathing coupled with massive pressure depleted the oxygen in my brain and I fainted on the descent. Coach stopped filming when he realised I wasn't joking around to check on my myoclonic jerks and make sure I was OK.
I was on the floor for only a few seconds, but it felt like I was laying on the grass in the sun for a couple of minutes. An overall nice feeling, but not something I want to put my friends through again. What you didn't see in this video was the awesome aftercare provided by the team - from checking in on me and letting me time out for the rest of the training session, and a huge 260kg (573lb) lift by my coach. Also, I'm proud to have proven our gym setup is safe - loads of space around the deadlift platform should someone come crashing down.