How Breathing Can Improve Your Performance

Breathing always gets AL to perform her BEST

Every Crossfitter is looking for different ways to improve their times or the amount of weight they can lift. One of the easiest ways to improve your times and lifts is the correct way to breath during a workout.

By breathing the correct way, you will become more balance on your lifts. For example, overheard squats, a lot of crossfitters seem unbalanced once they get in the bottom position of the overhead squat, but with a slight change on how you inhale your oxygen, you will become more stabilized.

Every Crossfitter has lifted heavy weights at some point during a workout, and most all of them have hit the “wall” during the lift.

The “wall” is the point in the lift that no matter how hard you push there is no way you will get past it.

Well folks that is all about to change because you are going to discover the true way to breath while exercising.

Here is a great article by Bill Johnson about the correct way to breath so you can improve on your exercise capabilities.

Breathing
Bill Johnson
13 April 2007

All elite athletes know that imposing any exercise program on a dysfunctional body only worsens dysfunction. You first have to analyze each person’s unique posture and structure and design a program to correct their specific structural imbalances, by strengthening weak muscles, and stretching tight muscles and fascia. Only then can you train properly. But, one important function that affects all movement is often overlooked – breathing. Correct breathing is in rhythm with movement, is vital for both oxygenating your tissues and stabilizing your core.

Athletes at rest take about 12-15 breaths a minute. The best tend to breath slowest and deepest. At 15 breath’s a minute, you breathe 900 breaths every hour, over 20,000 breaths every day. In concert with good structure and muscular development, breathing is our most important source of power. The form and rhythm and timing of the breath affects every movement we make. Yet most of the people we test breathe poorly. Imagine any other action in sport or in life that is practiced poorly 20,000 times a day. Disastrous!

The common faults we see are:
A. Chest breathing
B. Exhaling at the point of effort.
C. Breathing that is uncoordinated with movement.
Three-Part Breathing

We teach Power Breathing for sport (and for life) as a three-part process.

To find out more click the link below to view the whole article.

Taken from: http://mikesgym.org/articles/index.php?show=article&sectionID=3&articleID=105

By: Cody B

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