Looking for some tips or ideas on good breathing for bench, DL and Squat. Not for 1rm but for typical workouts. Is it better to inhale on the negative and exhale on the positive? Or just take a deep breath and hold until the lift is complete? Sometimes one works better than the other. Just wanted some thoughts on the subject.
inhale on negative exhale on positive..take deep breathes. i got an exertion headache a couple weeks ago from holding my breath, not a good thing at all
Do NOT hold your breath, you can do far more damage to yourself than just a headache.
Anything that requires core stability I hold my breath on exertion.... I find if I do it any other way it screws with my stability. Bench and stuff where it doesn't really matter as much I exhale on exertion and breath normally all other times.
Originally Posted by manowar669
this is so true, thats why when youre lifting high percentages of your maxes, then you need to exhale on the way up. if your face starts turning purple, you are holding your breath too long. ive done that before, on squat and deadlift.
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Originally Posted by fixationdarknes
I fell i can lift more if i hold my breath while lifting, let it out at the top, and inhale as i bring the weight back down... herd its bad to hold your breath tho cos it spikes ur blood pressure and can damage ur heart.
arnold writes about it in his book, it has to do with the pressure buildup in the thoratic(sp?) cavity, area right below lungs, which if you hold your breath and hit heavy weights, could lead to serious injury. he recommends breathing in deeply during the negative, and out during exhertion.
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