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  • Why do my lungs burn / cough after intense HIIT ?

    I did 7 mins of Burpees.
    As many as possible.
    Or after sprints...

    Why do my lung burn / cough after intense HIIT ?
    Inflammation lasts sometimes for hours afterwards.

    I am in perfect health. No asthma..
    Just when I do an insane HIIT routine at 100%.

    I've been doing HIIT/Crossfit style fitness for 5 years now,
    but always wanted to ask this...

    Normal?
    Last edited by OnlyBodyWeight; 02-25-2012, 12:16 PM.

  • #2
    gotta get used to it. will go away.

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    • #3
      That sounds like a basic exercise induced bronchoconstriction. Basically a mild asthma. At least thats what I have always figured it was. I get the same thing. Its worse if I have been working out hard in a cold air environment but even indoors I'll get that sometimes too. Try a hot steamy shower. It seems to help sometimes!

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      • #4
        Sounds like you all most got it right. Just push a little harder. You should puke after a HIIT!!!
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        • #5
          We did a big group session of the 7 minutes burpees today. Most of us that hung out afterwards were noticing the chunky lung weezy coughing etc. Been at it for about 2 years, and push myself beyond capacity regularly without this type of "side effect". That burpee is a funny animal!

          Originally posted by Guod View Post
          You should puke after a HIIT!!!
          No, that's wrong.

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          • #6
            I did 4 minute tabatas today, and coughed for an hour or so. Was curious about this too.
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            • #7
              It could be exercise-induced asthma. A lot of people who get it don't have any other asthma triggers.
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              • #8
                Sure sounds like exercise-induced asthma to me. Cold or dry air makes it worse.

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                • #9
                  Try a hot steamy shower. It seems to help sometimes!

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                  • #10
                    Exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage.

                    Basically you are very likely to experience this if you are exercising at a higher intensity than usual, as it makes the weaker capillaries in your lungs burst. After the weaker ones have burst it is obviously less likely to occur.
                    Last edited by jhc; 02-28-2012, 07:57 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jhc View Post
                      Exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage.

                      Basically you are very likely to experience this if you are exercising at a higher intensity than usual, as it makes the weaker capillaries in your lungs burst. After the weaker ones have burst it is obviously less likely to occur.
                      Interesting. It makes sense. I think in my case it is probably more bronchoconstriction than anything else as it sometimes even gives me slight wheezes for a while. But I would not be in the least surprised to find out that this also occurs.

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                      • #12
                        In particular I think that it is almost certainly what is going on when you taste blood on your breath in addition to the 'burning lung' sensation. I experience this most times I do serious, maximum output cardio.

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                        • #13
                          Sounds like you are doing something right...

                          But yeah... they go away

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                          • #14
                            For me, they did go away.
                            Or, Im not working out as hard lately?

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