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This is for all the powerlifters out there that use smelling salts or ammonia. Do you know that smelling ammonia destroys your sense of smell? You're not gaining anything by using it.
A study in 2014 examined the effects of ammonia inhalants with males who were asked to perform as many repetitions as possible with the back squat and bench press, at 85 percent of one repetition maximum (1-RM) after inhaling either ammonia inhalants (AIs) or a placebo (Vick’s VapoRub, VVR). At the end of the study, there were no significant differences between the number of repetitions performed in the back squat or the bench press after inhaling the AIs in comparison to the VVR. Many powerlifters complained that the study was not conducted properly because they were not 1-RM lifts, and powerlifters don’t train to failure for reps. Recently in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, researchers examined the effects of AIs and 1-RM strength. Male and female powerlifters were paired for 1RM strength levels, and then randomly allocated to either a control or ammonia first condition, in a counterbalanced study design. Each of these tests took place 72 hours apart. Subjects attempted to perform 1 rep each with 85, 90, 95, 100, 102.5, 105, and 107.5 percent of their previously determined deadlift 1-RM. When performing the ammonia condition, the subjects performed each lift within 15 seconds of inhaling a capsule containing a 0.33ml solution of ammonia (50 mg, 15%), denatured alcohol (35%), and water (50%). When performing the control condition, they inhaled water from an identical bottle. Results were similar at the end of the study. The researchers concluded that ammonia inhalation does not increase deadlift 1-RM in strength-trained subjects who were not powerlifters.