High-intensity sport makes breathing ‘well’ even more challenging. By making every breath count, we can re-oxygenate faster, remove waste products, control heart rate and keep calm. Take deep, mindful breaths during AMRAPs, EMOMs or any METCON. Between movements and you will see a noticeable difference in performance and endurance alike.
Strength TrainingAerobic activity isn’t the only exercise that can enjoy good breathing form. You most likely have heard of exhalation on the exertion (or effort phase) of an exercise is the way to go. It makes sense.Contracting the respiratory muscles will help brace the load during heavier lifts while maintaining lumbar stability.
How to do it right: Using the bench press as an example, exhale slowly and continuously while pressing the bar, then inhale at the top of the lift or on the return. Just remember that once that barbell is locked out, the weight doesn’t vanish, so be sure to keep the core engaged to protect the spine.
When in doubt: Don’t forget to breathe out!Holding the breath increases pressure inside the chest (which is good for stability), but holding it too long can impede the return of blood to the heart and raise blood pressure (definitely not the goal here).
There are some more complex types of breath stabilisation techniques available for resistance training. Feel free to ask any of us about how to best execute!!
Practicing proper breathing technique during our day can improve the way we preform and the way we feel. Take a breath!!