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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Effective Breathing Techniques for Heavy Lifting

    What breathing techniques, if any, do you weightlifting gurus use ?

    Any suggestions for breathing techniques that helps, stamina-wise, for completing heavy sets. After all, what could be more demoralizing (gym-wise) than going to failure too early ?

    For chest excersises I usually breathe in pushing out, then breath out while letting the weight down -I'm pretty sure that's helping my chest out bigtime.

    For several other excersises, it only feels natural to me the other way around. So, what about breathing techniques for other excercises of heavy sets.

    Over the summer, if my memory is correct, I read at a hotel gym that for any exercises involving barbells you should breathe in while initially excerting force, then breathe out letting the weight down. "For any exercises involving barbells" somehow seemed a little too general though.

    So again, what breathing techniques, if any, do you weightlifting gurus use ?
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    Inhale, hold it, and go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bako Lifter View Post
    Inhale, hold it, and go.
    Surely not for every single excercise ?

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    For bench example:
    Inhale during negative, hold the breath while pushing, and breathe out when you're fully locked out

    Yes, this method is used for pretty much for all compound exercises.
    That's why the core strength is important.
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    *heavy sets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bako Lifter View Post
    *heavy sets
    Yea I should've added that also
    bench press, squat, military press for example

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    i do the same thing, some ppl inhale before the lift and exhale during the lift tho. I never liked that. o.o

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    Quote Originally Posted by PelleK View Post
    some ppl inhale before the lift and exhale during the lift tho. I never liked that. o.o
    I never liked it either, but my mom(a nurse) once told me about a guy she treated in the hospital that popped a blood vessel in his head, supposedly caused by holding his breath. I never really questioned it, but does anyone know if that could actually be the cause?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKMass View Post
    I never liked it either, but my mom(a nurse) once told me about a guy she treated in the hospital that popped a blood vessel in his head, supposedly caused by holding his breath. I never really questioned it, but does anyone know if that could actually be the cause?
    According to people in the General Health section, you may or may not be predisposed to having an aneurysm. Improper breathing while lifting heavy can cause those blood vessels to expand or rupture, which is really really bad.

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    you NEVER want to hold your breath when lifting you need to slowly let the pressure out as you exert force, just like when a boxer punches and breathes sharply exhaling when they punch. i always have and was taught by an olympic weight lifting coach when i was in track in high school to exhale when pushing/ on the way up and to inhale on the negative portion of the lift........

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    I inhale, hold my breath, do the lift, and as im about to lock out I exhale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFGUITAR View Post
    I inhale, hold my breath, do the lift, and as im about to lock out I exhale.
    and one of these days your intestines are gonna jump out of your but and all over the floor...............

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    I inhale, complete the entire rep and breath once I am done. You gotta stay tight if you want to lift heavy.
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    and i was just kidding about intestines jumping out of buts....

    Ahnold says, " milk is for babies!"
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    my benchpress max is 180, and I can do it like 2 times, and that's it, I almost die at the second rep. When I hold my breath like I said before I can do 2 reps, when I breath like I probably should (thinking of genereal health) I can't even do it once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnoldsclone View Post
    you NEVER want to hold your breath when lifting you need to slowly let the pressure out as you exert force, just like when a boxer punches and breathes sharply exhaling when they punch. i always have and was taught by an olympic weight lifting coach when i was in track in high school to exhale when pushing/ on the way up and to inhale on the negative portion of the lift........
    You're wrong. Nearly every powerlifter will advocate holding your breathe while completing a heavy single. You're looking to increase intra-abdominal pressure which will allow you to stay tight throughout the lift.

    Fuck, fight, or hold the light.

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    I always hold my breath in unless I'm struggling, then I'll exhale sharply... seems to work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnoldsclone View Post
    you NEVER want to hold your breath when lifting you need to slowly let the pressure out as you exert force, ....
    I respectfully disagree here. Taking a deep breath, and holding it while completing the lift creates interabdominal pressure needed to stabilize the muscles and enable control of the lift.

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    While doing a single rep maintaining a single breathhold is ideal; however during working sets exhaling immediately after maximum exertion of the movement gives the best results for maintaining heartrate and blood pressure levels throughout the duration of the lift.

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    I take a big belly full of air in, flex my abs really hard and descend.

    When Ibounce out of the hole I either breake or grunt as I come again.

    When doing the Olympic lifts I dont exhale till Im squatting up, if I hold my breath, I can keep my core tighter
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    Quote Originally Posted by CleverName View Post
    I always hold my breath in unless I'm struggling, then I'll exhale sharply... seems to work for me.
    This is where you should be holding your air in. When you exhale, you lose tightness and risk putting yourself in a bad position as far as completing the lift.

    Fuck, fight, or hold the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
    This is where you should be holding your air in. When you exhale, you lose tightness and risk putting yourself in a bad position as far as completing the lift.
    i understand what you guys are saying, i just always breathe out personally speaking, interabdominal pressure is important, that's why i breathe out tremendously slow, so i can maintain the pressure.........i was also talking about working sets, not maxing out....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKMass View Post
    I never liked it either, but my mom(a nurse) once told me about a guy she treated in the hospital that popped a blood vessel in his head, supposedly caused by holding his breath. I never really questioned it, but does anyone know if that could actually be the cause?
    Ive popped a blood vessel in my eye more than once. It doesnt really do anything except make my eyeball go really red and people thought my eyes were bleeding. It goes away after about a day or 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PelleK View Post
    i do the same thing, some ppl inhale before the lift and exhale during the lift tho. I never liked that. o.o
    I inhale when bring the bar down to my chest then hold my breath for a split second when pushing then start exhaling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arnoldsclone View Post
    and one of these days your intestines are gonna jump out of your but and all over the floor...............
    LOL...I've seen the pics of that dude who learned that the hard way...not purty....not purty at all.
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