What Is The Proper Way To Breathe When Working Out?
The general rule of thumb to breathing when working out is to breathe in while you lower the weights and breathe out as you lift the weights. In other words, inhale during the negative portion of the rep and exhale during the positive portion of the rep.
However, this changes when you are doing higher intensity lifts with heavier weights and lower reps. Generally when doing powerlifting or heavy power training you’ll hold your air in during the actual rep itself and breathe in between reps.
Taking a deep breath and holding your air in your belly will stabilize your torso and allow you to generate more power when you lift. If you ever go to watch a powerlifting meet you’ll see that all the advanced lifters do this.
They’ll start by taking a deep breath and holding their breath as they squat down. Then as they start to lift they may breath out or even shout or yell to help generate maximum force.
If you are doing low rep workouts (i.e. sets of 5 reps or less) I challenge you to give this breathing technique a try. Hold your air in during the actual rep itself and breathe in and out in between reps when the weight is locked out at the top.
Trust me you’ll feel stronger and may even set a new personal record in the gym!
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Holding your breath like this isn’t dangerous for people in good health. After all you are only holding your air for the length of a single rep which is like 5 seconds or less. However, I have to post my “warning” here to cover my ass…
YOU are responsible for yourself and you have to use common sense when working out. So if you have high blood pressure, if you have a hernia, or any other physical problem such as a heart or lung condition then you probably shouldn’t be holding your breath and you probably shouldn’t be doing any heavy max effort weight lifting either. In this case you should check with your doctor before doing any exercise routine.
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