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Inhale/Exhale which is correct way to lift weights?
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    Starman Guest

    Default Inhale/Exhale which is correct way to lift weights?


    What is the proper way to weight life, do you inhale when lifting weight and
    then exhale when releasing (lowering the weight)? I've researched this and
    there are contradictions by many, some experts say inhale when lifting while
    other medical experst say exhale when lifting as inhaling can cause high
    blood pressure, what is the correct and medically safe method to use?



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    Prisoner at War Guest

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    On Dec 15, 4:10 am, "Starman" <iknowbutidontk...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > What is the proper way to weight life, do you inhale when lifting weight and
    > then exhale when releasing (lowering the weight)? I've researched this and
    > there are contradictions by many, some experts say inhale when lifting while
    > other medical experst say exhale when lifting as inhaling can cause high
    > blood pressure, what is the correct and medically safe method to use?


    First thing to realize about weight-training, running, dieting, and
    health and fitness in general:

    THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CONTRADICTORY ADVICE. ALWAYS.

    That's because we're all very different, but mostly because no one
    truly knows yet. They've really only just begun studies into it all,
    and sample sizes remain very small, etc.

    That said, here's the conventional wisdom:

    Yes, holding your breath during intensive exertion raises blood
    pressure. That's usually not a problem, however, for someone who's
    fairly young and in moderately good health. Moreover, most people
    can't really hold their breath that long, anyway -- especially under
    intensive exertion -- so the gains far outweigh the remotely possible
    costs.

    What are those gains? Intrathoracic pressure, which allows your torso
    to be "stiff" and solid enough to exert maximum effort on heaving
    heavy weights when performing squats and deadlifts with correct form
    and technique. It's basically what you may already have a natural
    tendency to do, anyway. For those few seconds -- three to five
    (likely no more than five) -- your support and stabilizer muscles in
    the torso are stiff and solid to provide a "foundation" on which the
    "cranes and pulleys" of your arms and shoulders, say, are able to do
    their job.

    That's how I do my bench presses now, though I used to breathe in and
    out during the lowering and the raising of the barbell. Ever since I
    started doing squats and deadlifts, I hold my breath throughout ~80%
    of the motion, only breathing in when first starting out and breathing
    out at a "sticking point" (if I'm having some difficulty) or after
    having gotten past it (when "the coast is clear").

    I think both methods of breathing is "safe," generally speaking. It's
    only a problem when some other factor is involved; say you happen to
    twist a muscle while holding your breath, for example, or twist
    another while exhaling...I don't think the breathing pattern is really
    at fault. The main concern involves suddenly heightened blood
    pressure at extreme levels, and even the sudden and extreme decrease
    in pressure thereafter...but I suspect that's a matter of a pre-
    existing health problem, and not, again, due to any particular method
    or pattern of breathing per se....

    I know the runners' advice is simply to just breathe spontaneously:
    let your body decide how it wants to breathe. I think even for
    lifters, it's generally sound, with maybe a specific modification here
    and there (like what I've outlined above regarding squats and
    deadlifts).

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    Curt Guest

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    On Dec 15, 4:10 am, "Starman" <iknowbutidontk...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > What is the proper way to weight life, do you inhale when lifting weight and
    > then exhale when releasing (lowering the weight)? I've researched this and
    > there are contradictions by many, some experts say inhale when lifting while
    > other medical experst say exhale when lifting as inhaling can cause high
    > blood pressure, what is the correct and medically safe method to use?


    I'm not correct or medically safe half the time (hmm, perhaps my
    correct:incorrect ratio is worse than that, actually), BUT I will add
    that I take a big inhale as I lower a weight and then exhale while I
    lift a weight. And though it's probably causing my blood pressure to
    spike momentarily, I have also held my breathe through two repetitions
    or more. In other words, I'll take that big inhalation of air as I
    unrack a bar and then hold it while I perform the majority of two
    reps, exhaling as I complete the second rep.

    How are you currently breathing during exercise?

    --

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Inhale/Exhale which is correct way to lift weights?

    Prisoner at War <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:


    > THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CONTRADICTORY ADVICE. ALWAYS.
    >


    And his is ALL WRONG! So don't listen to the dummy. You should hold your
    breath, from the first lift until you finish you should take NO breaths.

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    Ted Sherman Guest

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    "Curt" <hold it while I perform the majority of two reps, exhaling as I
    complete the second rep. How are you currently breathing during exercise?
    >
    >


    You like to inhale as they slide it in, exhale as they pull out.



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    Steve Freides Guest

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    "Starman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:rSM8j.24015$[email protected]..
    >
    > What is the proper way to weight life, do you inhale when lifting
    > weight and then exhale when releasing (lowering the weight)? I've
    > researched this and there are contradictions by many, some experts say
    > inhale when lifting while other medical experst say exhale when
    > lifting as inhaling can cause high blood pressure, what is the correct
    > and medically safe method to use?


    There is no one right answer, e.g., if you are doing Hindu squats, which
    are bodyweight squats usually done for high repetitions, you exhale as
    you lower and inhale as you stand up - this is often called 'anatomical'
    breathing because it's natural to exhale as the body folds and inhale as
    it straightens. If you are doing heavy weighted squats, you will very
    likely want to hold your breath through the entire movement, and if
    you're doing something in between, you may find yourself inhaling as you
    lower and exhaling as you stand up, the opposite of the first example
    that I gave.

    -S-
    http://www.kbnj.com



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    Burr Guest

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    "Starman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:rSM8j.24015$[email protected]..
    >
    > What is the proper way to weight life, do you inhale when lifting weight
    > and then exhale when releasing (lowering the weight)? I've researched this
    > and there are contradictions by many, some experts say inhale when lifting
    > while other medical experst say exhale when lifting as inhaling can cause
    > high blood pressure, what is the correct and medically safe method to use?
    >
    >


    Suck the weight down and blow it up!

    Burr



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    [email protected] Guest

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    i'm usually breathing like a steam engine by the time i'm halfway
    through a set. sometimes there's a natural cadence to the breath and
    stroke. sometimes there isn't. sometimes the body will seem to
    naturally want to hold in a deep breath on the descent of a squat.

    limiting yourself to a certain type of...breath out on the positive
    and in on the negative, or vice versa...leads to what a running coach
    might refer to as "oxygen debt." the anaerobic versus aerobic work/
    contraction argument only confuses the situation.

  9. #9
    Shava_X Guest

    Default Re: Inhale/Exhale which is correct way to lift weights?

    On Sat, 15 Dec 2007 09:10:47 +0000, Starman wrote:

    >
    > What is the proper way to weight life, do you inhale when lifting weight and
    > then exhale when releasing (lowering the weight)? I've researched this and
    > there are contradictions by many, some experts say inhale when lifting while
    > other medical experst say exhale when lifting as inhaling can cause high
    > blood pressure, what is the correct and medically safe method to use?



    "The best general recommendation personal trainers can give their clients
    about when and how to breathe during a resistance exercise is to exhale
    through the sticking point (the most difficult part of the exercise)
    during the concentric or exertion phase and inhale during the the easier
    part of the exercise (the eccentric phase)." "NSCA's Essentials of
    Personal Training" pg. 297 (ISBN 0-7360-0015-1)

    That is, in general, the way to do it. Some situations will require
    different methods. For instance, for non-beginners performing structural
    exercises, the same book recommends the Valsalva Maneuver which is a
    slight variation.




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    Shava_X Guest

    Default Re: Inhale/Exhale which is correct way to lift weights?

    On Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:02:02 +0000, Fakeguy wrote:

    > Prisoner at War <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:
    >
    >
    >> THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CONTRADICTORY ADVICE. ALWAYS.
    >>

    >
    > And his is ALL WRONG! So don't listen to the dummy. You should hold your
    > breath, from the first lift until you finish you should take NO breaths.



    And what is Your reasoning for that?




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    [email protected] Guest

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    Shava_X <[email protected]> wrote in
    news[email protected] :

    >> And his is ALL WRONG! So don't listen to the dummy. You should hold
    >> your breath, from the first lift until you finish you should take NO
    >> breaths.

    >
    >
    > And what is Your reasoning for that?
    >
    >
    >
    >


    It makes me really dizzy after several minutes, then about 8 minutes in, I
    pass out.

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    Mark Guest

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    "Starman" <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:rSM8j.24015$[email protected]:

    >
    > What is the proper way to weight life, do you inhale when lifting
    > weight and then exhale when releasing (lowering the weight)? I've
    > researched this and there are contradictions by many, some experts say
    > inhale when lifting while other medical experst say exhale when
    > lifting as inhaling can cause high blood pressure, what is the correct
    > and medically safe method to use?
    >
    >


    If you are breathing while you lift, you are allowing your ki energy to
    escape. Hold your breath for the duration of your set. If you can't
    maintain your energy stasis and you allow your ki to escape, your sets are
    too long.

    Try working in the 4-6 rep range at first, to work on your muscular
    endurance and hypertrophy. Later, when you are able to, work in the 10-15
    rep range for power and strength.

    Peace.

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    Curt Guest

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    On Dec 17, 8:23 pm, Mark <jacka...@centurytel.net> wrote:
    [...]

    > If you are breathing while you lift,


    My workouts last about an hour or so. While I've held my breath for
    two minutes (bored at church as a kid... began to see stars at around
    one minute 45 secs), I don't see myself NOT breathing while I lift.

    > you are allowing your ki energy to escape. <snip>


    Sorry. I blame the cabbage.

    --
    Curt

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    Jason Carlton Guest

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    On Dec 15, 4:10 am, "Starman" <iknowbutidontk...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > What is the proper way to weight life, do you inhale when lifting weight and
    > then exhale when releasing (lowering the weight)? I've researched this and
    > there are contradictions by many, some experts say inhale when lifting while
    > other medical experst say exhale when lifting as inhaling can cause high
    > blood pressure, what is the correct and medically safe method to use?


    Starman, on bench press I do an 8/6/4 pyramid. On the set of 8 and 6,
    I use my breathing to make sure that I do smooth, solid reps, so I
    take about half of a lungful of breath while keeping the bar all the
    way up, finish breathing in while lowering the weight, and then
    completely expel while raising the bar.

    On the last set of 4, I tend to just do whatever I can to get the
    weight out, and don't have it in me to worry about breathing right
    then. And even though I just bench pressed about 8 hours ago, I have
    no idea if I even breathed during that set of 4 :-)

    I have found that doing it this way has caused a major increase in my
    lifting. The first couple of weeks were hard because I was using less
    momentum in moving the weight, but as my muscles adjusted, the push
    just became more natural.

    FWIW, I'm 175lbs, and am now benching around 375. My set of 4 today
    was using 335lbs, and although I haven't maxed in awhile, I SHOULD max
    somewhere around 375.

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    rev Guest

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    Jason Carlton wrote:
    > On Dec 15, 4:10 am, "Starman" <iknowbutidontk...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >> What is the proper way to weight life, do you inhale when lifting weight and
    >> then exhale when releasing (lowering the weight)? I've researched this and
    >> there are contradictions by many, some experts say inhale when lifting while
    >> other medical experst say exhale when lifting as inhaling can cause high
    >> blood pressure, what is the correct and medically safe method to use?

    >
    > Starman, on bench press I do an 8/6/4 pyramid. On the set of 8 and 6,
    > I use my breathing to make sure that I do smooth, solid reps, so I
    > take about half of a lungful of breath while keeping the bar all the
    > way up, finish breathing in while lowering the weight, and then
    > completely expel while raising the bar.
    >
    > On the last set of 4, I tend to just do whatever I can to get the
    > weight out, and don't have it in me to worry about breathing right
    > then. And even though I just bench pressed about 8 hours ago, I have
    > no idea if I even breathed during that set of 4 :-)
    >
    > I have found that doing it this way has caused a major increase in my
    > lifting. The first couple of weeks were hard because I was using less
    > momentum in moving the weight, but as my muscles adjusted, the push
    > just became more natural.
    >
    > FWIW, I'm 175lbs, and am now benching around 375. My set of 4 today
    > was using 335lbs, and although I haven't maxed in awhile, I SHOULD max
    > somewhere around 375.


    Good solid advice. Keep it simple and just lift the iron with strict form.

    --
    Bob Volkmer

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