Proper Breathing During Lifting
Oxygen. Can’t live without it. Yet I often see athletes misunderstand how to breathe during exercise. Keep these in mind:
- Take a deep breath during the easiest part of the exercise. For example, during a squat, take a deep breath from your diaphragm at the top of the squat before descending to the bottom position.
- Hold your breath on the way down.
- Continue holding your breath as you push through the hardest portion of the lift (the sticking point).
- As you pass through the sticking point, exhale and return to the starting position.
- Repeat on each rep.