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breathing while lifting weights

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by matadorpoeta, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    i inhale through my nose and exhale through my mouth, but something tells me it may better to breathe through my nose only. do you exhale through your mouth or nose?
     
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    Doesn't matter much it's preference pretty much, I tend to inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Just as long as you breath (unless you're doing valsalva maneuver)
     
  3. danilo

    danilo Senior member

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    inhale through nose
    exhale through mouth

    I see some people inhale through mouth and exhale through mouth as well... really all the same as long as you breathe. Exhaling through nose would be really weird...
     
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    Ludeykrus Senior member

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    Breathing is breathing. Though if you're really getting hard into the exercise (and into cardio territory), breathing hard through the mouth becomes much easier.
     
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    wiscogooner Senior member

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    Doesn't matter how you breathe, really. At least breathe between reps.
     
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    drop Well-Known Member

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    I have nothing to add to the nose/mouth question, but for heavy compounds, such as bench and squat, it helps to fully inflate your abdomen and hold your breath during the eccentric portion of the lift, and exhale during the contraction.
     
  7. beasty

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    i inhale through my nose and exhale through my mouth, but something tells me it may better to breathe through my nose only. do you exhale through your mouth or nose?

    Your question is flawed. It is not how to breathe but when you breathe.
    Ie. when exerting or at resting phase of exercise.
    I do find that taking a few extra breaths when doing a tough set can help you to push.
     
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    nathan Well-Known Member

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    When I do squats I don't have a choice. I'm so exhausted that I'm gasping for air with my mouth.

    Either way, I don't think it matters. Unless you're that guy that walks around the gym with his mouth open, breathing heavily.
     
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    Eason Senior member

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    Gasping between reps, or during reps? You shouldn't be gasping while you're lifting the weight.
     
  10. beasty

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    Gasping between reps, or during reps? You shouldn't be gasping while you're lifting the weight.

    Not gasping to the extend the frigging bar will collapse on you but a few short breaths during the actual exertion phase can aid me in lifting whether in benching or squats. It sure beats holding your breath while pushing. Try it.
     
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    I know, 3x short breaths then gnnnnh.
     
  12. beasty

    beasty Senior member

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    I know, 3x short breaths then gnnnnh.

    Not necessary. 3 or 4 or 5 times. Aint matter if the bar is moving.
     
  13. lynchpatrickj

    lynchpatrickj Senior member

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    I breathe through my ass only when i lift weights.
     
  14. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Exhaling through the mouth might be good for the abs, if you are careful. Lifting weights can strengthen the core, you probably know.
     

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