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4/10/13 12:18 A

Breathing is so important it puts oxygen into your body especially your brain
Many of us shallow breathe and it feels so much better if we deep breathe
One day at a time

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4/4/13 4:01 P

Wow, what a lot of great information! Thank you all. I am grateful, but still feel compelled to repeat my previous statement, that being that I am just following a workout video so I'm not setting the pace of the movements. More specifically, I am trying to follow Coach Nicole's videos, which I LOVE. But she does move rather quickly, and it can be a lot of things to try to keep track of for someone who is new (or newly committed) to exercise as I am.

When I am just working out on my own, I do move more slowly than I have to in order to keep up with Coach Nicole's videos, so the breathing isn't as much of a problem. It is only when working out with these videos that I found myself wondering if it would be OK to just worry about form first, then work on breathing once I got the form right. It's now obvious that I should have made this clear in my original post.

Anyway, I am beginning to be better at breathing correctly, naturally. Sometimes, anyway; so thanks again for all the helpful advice! Apparently it is very important to pay attention to the breathing instructions as well as the moves.

4/4/13 12:07 P

I find that when I breath out on the muscle contraction (hardest part of the exercise), I am able to lift more weight and push through those last few reps that I don't think I could do if I wasn't exhaling. I also feel like I am able to better concentrate on keeping my core tight throughout the exercise when I lift and breathe this way.

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4/4/13 10:45 A

All posts have good points, but the main reason for correct breathing is your blood pressure! Slow it down and breathe correctly! Good luck!

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4/4/13 1:47 A

DVDs are not the same as quality strength training. You aren't pushing the absolute maximum weight that you can possibly lift (with good form). Instead you're lifting a lighter weight and lifting it more often, with more of a focus on endurance than actual strength gains.

You don't need to worry about your breathing keeping pace with your movements for those. Just breathe however comes naturally.

The "breathe out on the contraction" thing is for when you're using challenging weights. It helps to 'push' everything - the weight, your air out, everything clenches!

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4/3/13 8:09 P

When I first started strength training, I thought the whole breathing thing was weird because it was opposite from what I was inclined to do....but I found that when I did it correctly it made it much much easier....the exhale on the contraction is most idea why, I'm sure someone on spark can explain the science behind this, but it really really works

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4/3/13 4:34 P

I always find that I can't breathe SLOW enough to keep up with my videos, I feel like I am drowning. I am finding that as long as I find a steady, even rhythm, it doesn't matter exactly how I breathe-- as long as I am not holding my breath and my breaths are even.

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4/3/13 4:08 P

If you are not doing challenging strength training, it is unlikely that proper breathing becomes an issue.

For example, I can squat 150lbs 10 reps without worrying about my breathing at all, that is how I warm up.

However, if I am squatting 200lbs, I have to really watch my breathing: I must inhale and hold my breath before I go down, and on the way up I have to exhale slowly so that by the time I am standing, I must be ready to inhale again. If I don't carry out this sequence carefully, I can fail my lift due to a too high blood pressure and a racing heart.If I control my breathing, though, I can successfully lift the weight 5 reps and then I take a rest.

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4/3/13 2:03 P

Thanks, everyone, for helping me out. I guess I should just focus on the movement and form first, and worry about the breathing more once I've got my form down.

"How fast are you doing your reps? I was always taught that raising and lowering weights should be a slow 3 count, more than enough time to breath with each movement. For me, the whole 'exhale lift, inhale lower' mantra helps to give me more power as I'm lifting. Its a mental thing."
- Message Posted by: LEC358 - 4/3/2013

I am just doing videos, so I follow the directions. That's when I sometimes have a difficult time following the breathing instructions. When I'm just doing ST on my own, I don't have a problem.

4/3/13 11:21 A

Breath out on the push, in on the release. But don't worry too much in the beginning. Just breath! Whatever you do, do not hold your breath. That is dangerous.

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4/3/13 9:02 A

Also, it's more about exhaling during the muscle contraction rather than lifting and lowering. And yes, you should be breathing slowly because you should be doing your reps very slowly. You may need to increase the weights if you are able to do your ST very rapidly.

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4/3/13 8:52 A

How fast are you doing your reps? I was always taught that raising and lowering weights should be a slow 3 count, more than enough time to breath with each movement. For me, the whole 'exhale lift, inhale lower' mantra helps to give me more power as I'm lifting. Its a mental thing.

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4/3/13 8:36 A

Instructions for performing exercises always include breathing, eg. "exhale lift, inhale lower", etc. My question is, should I really be trying to focus on taking that many breaths, inhaling and exhaling with each movement? How important is it to follow those breathing instructions, because I find it nearly impossible for two reasons. 1) I don't breathe that fast unless I'm hyperventilating - is that the point? 2) If I'm trying to concentrate on following the breathing instructions I get mixed up on the movements and my form.

Note that I am referring, specifically, to working out to Coach Nicole's videos which are rather fast-paced. I am not setting the pace, but I AM trying to keep up with the pace she sets in order to reap maximum benefits from the workout.

Edited by: 50SGRANNY at: 4/4/2013 (16:03)
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