If your face doesn’t gush copious amounts of blood, did you even max out?
Russian strongman Mikhail Shivlyakov’s face started profusely bleeding from his face as he attempted a 427-kilogram deadlift at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend. The horrific incident was captured on camera — and heads up to the squeamish, there is a LOT of blood.
As you can see, the 37-year-old’s face started gushing blood just seconds after starting his deadlift attempt. Instead of stopping the lift to, you know, address the blood running down his chin, Shivlyakov pushed on, blood cascading down the front of his body.
So how often does something like this happen — and should you be worried about blood spontaneously erupting from your body the next you go for a one-rep max?
Dr. Jonathan Overdevst, a Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Surgical Fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine, explained to Inverse that blood pressure rises quickly in instances of extreme exertion, and that sometimes smaller blood vessels, like those in your nose, sometimes can’t handle it.
In other words, the blood vessels in Shivlyakov’s nose appeared to have popped like tiny, blood filled balloons. What a pleasant visual.
Luckily, most guys don’t need to worry about turning their gym into a bloodbath next time they go for a max-effort lift. “Nasal bleeding under these circumstances rarely occurs,” Overdevst said. “The nasal blood vessels for most individuals are robust enough to sustain the pressure increase.”
In Shivlyakov’s case, it appears he was attempting a feat well beyond what his nasal blood vessels were made to handle.
While it is rare, Shivlyakov is far from the first guy to start bleeding profusely during a maximal lifting effort. Here are a few more gnarly examples.
So does a lack of an epic nosebleed mean you aren’t at your max effort? Nope — The Mountain deadlifts 970 pounds (440kg) without breaking a sweat, much less popping a blood vessel.
By Reegan Von Wildenradt