Bulgarian Split Squat With Overhead Press

It is clear to me (now) that the Devil probably has a gym located in Bulgaria because this is one hell of an exercise.

Are you ready to BURN (off those calories)?
Are you ready to BURN (off those calories)?

Last week, when I first attempted this exercise I had to stop my workout short because I became nauseous and light-headed. A few people [like this guy] expressed their concern that I might need to get ‘checked out’ and while I’m not ruling that out, I think I ought to explain exactly what it is that I was doing. In my opinion, I’m probably just fine and simply over-worked myself doing this ridiculous exercise.  It is as follows:

Step 4: vomit and pass out
Step 4: vomit and pass out

Now the description doesn’t sound too bad, but once I got going on this I had major difficulties. When I got to two of three sets I had to quit altogether and here’s why.

A. I over exerted myself  because I was unfamiliar with the exercise (nausea).
B. I wasn’t breathing correctly (Hyperventilation and light-headedness).
C. My endurance is low for this kind of workout program. (overall exhaustion and feeling weak).

If you are the kind of person interested in health and fitness you might enjoy my extended version of this post. Click the link to follow.

And just for a little bit of validation, I would like to offer you this link that points to a forum where people are doing EXACTLY the same workout program and are describing the same exact symptoms after doing this particular exercise.

So don’t worry, I’m not dying – you will *hopefully* be reading posts from me for quite a long time. 🙂


8 thoughts on “Bulgarian Split Squat With Overhead Press

    1. The workout is from the book New Rules of Lifting – this is a fat loss workout that I do for 4 weeks before moving on to more strength & muscle growth workouts.

  1. From the comments on the other site and the reaction that you had, it doesn’t seem like a very safe or smart exercise. You are not supposed to feel nauseous or light-headed when you exercise. Listen to your own body. It’s pretty smart. People put out all sorts of strange exercises that sometimes come out later not to be a healthy idea at all. A real exercise/health professional should be able to give you some advice about this. I wouldn’t just take the advise of a bodybuilder.

    1. I understand what you mean MKH, but a big part of the equation is the person performing the lift, not necessarily the workout.

      To be fair, the author of the book (Lou Schuler) is a journalist, certified strength and conditioning specialist and the author of several books on diet and weight training.

      The guy who designed the workout programs is Alwyn Cosgrove. He is a CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist, awarded by the National Strength and Conditioning Association), MSS (master of sports sciences from the International Sports Sciences Association), CHEK, USAW (certified to teach Olympic-style weight lifting), NASM-CPT (certified personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine), ACE-CPT (certified personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise), and ASCM-HFI (certified as a health and fitness instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine).

      Neither of them are what you’d consider a body builder.

  2. I should have said in a nicer way, that something that is hard or difficult to do is much different that something that makes you sick. Like, “Wow, I couldn’t do very many of those exercises, I’m going to work up to it.” as opposed to, “I think I’m going to throw up and I’m dizzy after that exercise.”

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