General Health | Two fold question 1. lung collapse 2. gynecomastia

Hello All!

I'm new to this forum and weight training.
My background. I'm 31, 6'4 and 215. Most of my weight is around my mid section and chest. I used to run 5K a day up until 1999 when I had a spontaneous lung collapse. Doc said that if it doesn't reccur in this first year, then chances are it won't. Knock on wood, it hasn't. But now since I have stopped running I have developed a spare tire and possibly Gyno (man boobies). I don't believe it is actual man breast but a example of not exercising anymore. I recently have had enough and have been hitting the gym 6 nights a week. I have actually began to notice a difference in the last two weeks. My questions are as follows:
1. Can working out lead to another lung collapse? I am currently working with comfortable weight and not anything excessive. Has anyone had this experience with pneumothorax (lung collapse) and weight training?

2. What is the best approach? I am looking to get to a respectable shape by summer. NO spare tire or man breast with a little definition. I have visited a few forums and some say hit the weights hard 4-8 reps with max weight possible and some say stay the course with comfortable weights and spread it around? I am aiming at my upper body because my legs are still in very good shape from my running days?

Any suggestions or comments with be greatly appreciated.


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