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    anyone use smelling salts either for lifting or for something like waking up? what are your experiences? any specific types? TIGER BALM?

    i would like to wake and start my day in a flash. and hit a huge PR once in a while.

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    Tiger Balm as a substance to wake the senses? I use it on injuries, like strains and muscle pain, but not to wake up.

    I used ammonia back in high school before football games and wrestling meets. Just the shock of the scent hitting your sinuses seems to get you in the zone.

    One of the guys at my gym, 242lb powerlifter with a raw 800+ deadlift and 750+ squat always uses smelling salts before his lifts. You can look him up mike (or Michael) Eaton. He's a beast
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    • #3
      Originally posted by mentalflex View Post
      Tiger Balm as a substance to wake the senses? I use it on injuries, like strains and muscle pain, but not to wake up.

      I used ammonia back in high school before football games and wrestling meets. Just the shock of the scent hitting your sinuses seems to get you in the zone.

      One of the guys at my gym, 242lb powerlifter with a raw 800+ deadlift and 750+ squat always uses smelling salts before his lifts. You can look him up mike (or Michael) Eaton. He's a beast
      im just trying to hit a 500+ deadlift! sounds like it might be a waste for me to hit the ammonia.

      how has tiger balm helped? i recall it had a minty scent so i wanted to just rub it near my nostrils and take a whiff

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      • #4
        Smelling salts work well, used to use them all the time when squatting heavy.
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        • #5
          I use them before heavy deads.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by drcrappants View Post
            im just trying to hit a 500+ deadlift! sounds like it might be a waste for me to hit the ammonia.

            how has tiger balm helped? i recall it had a minty scent so i wanted to just rub it near my nostrils and take a whiff
            Tiger Balm does help when you are injured. I use the red extra strength one. It works good but stains EVERYTHING. I know they sell a non-staining one but that is not as strong.

            Why wouldn't smelling salts/ammonia help you? It might give you that "in the zone" sensation. Even if it is just mental, the process of getting yourself prepared mentally by using the smelling salts could benefit you. They are dirt cheap, why not buy some and try them out...if they help, great, if not, so be it.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by mentalflex View Post
              Tiger Balm does help when you are injured. I use the red extra strength one. It works good but stains EVERYTHING. I know they sell a non-staining one but that is not as strong.

              Why wouldn't smelling salts/ammonia help you? It might give you that "in the zone" sensation. Even if it is just mental, the process of getting yourself prepared mentally by using the smelling salts could benefit you. They are dirt cheap, why not buy some and try them out...if they help, great, if not, so be it.
              i was under the impression you could grow a resistance to it (from what i read), and that it may affect you negatively with side effects in the long run since it is whiffing chemicals to the brain?

              if those are not concerns, then shit i will have a whiff every morning to get my lard ass out of bed and hit some fat PR's

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              • #8
                I remember Adam on this board using smelling salts for his mid-400 deads for reps for the ISOM.

                From those who have experience with it, are there any long-term ramifications to using it on the regular? And when I mean regular, I mean once a week.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by theroymccoy View Post
                  I remember Adam on this board using smelling salts for his mid-400 deads for reps for the ISOM.

                  From those who have experience with it, are there any long-term ramifications to using it on the regular? And when I mean regular, I mean once a week.
                  I still use it at about that rate... once a week. And only really for deadlifting. The last set or maybe 2 but no more. I certainly haven't noticed any negative health effects or building of tolerance. I am as sensitive to it as always. One good sniff gives a nice "rush" that lasts a few seconds.

                  Does it really physically do anything or is it just a placebo effect? I don't know but since it seems to help with the heavy stuff I will keep doing it.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by drcrappants View Post
                    i was under the impression you could grow a resistance to it (from what i read), and that it may affect you negatively with side effects in the long run since it is whiffing chemicals to the brain?

                    if those are not concerns, then shit i will have a whiff every morning to get my lard ass out of bed and hit some fat PR's
                    Originally posted by theroymccoy View Post
                    I remember Adam on this board using smelling salts for his mid-400 deads for reps for the ISOM.

                    From those who have experience with it, are there any long-term ramifications to using it on the regular? And when I mean regular, I mean once a week.
                    Yeah, I don't know enough about the long term effects. Maybe someone with a good science background can provide some insight....
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                    • #11
                      I can stick ammonia caps up my nose and I still won't get this fabled "rush".

                      I have to take several sniffs until I get the "wake-up" effect
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 0001Delta View Post
                        I can stick ammonia caps up my nose and I still won't get this fabled "rush".

                        I have to take several sniffs until I get the "wake-up" effect
                        did you use it often in the past to build up this resistance or was it always like this (boogers maybe)??

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by drcrappants View Post
                          did you use it often in the past to build up this resistance or was it always like this (boogers maybe)??
                          Always like this lol.

                          It's probably related to a issue I have called "septum deviation" (irregular bone growth in the inner septum which gets in the way of airflow)
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 0001Delta View Post
                            I can stick ammonia caps up my nose and I still won't get this fabled "rush".

                            I have to take several sniffs until I get the "wake-up" effect
                            Maybe you're a zombie.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by theroymccoy View Post
                              maybe you're a zombie.
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                              "If you're ready to do DC, you're not gonna give a flying f*(k about fatigue from the previous exercise. You get under the bar and kill it, each and every time." - homonunculus

                              "Nothing better than coming to IM and seeing a Wall of Text next to that big Tricep pic." - Lonnie123

                              “Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.” - Homer

                              The scale doesn't show a number. When he steps on it, it simply reads: Big Mother Fucker. - Skip

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