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Why You Should Breathe When Lifting Weights

The key to lifting weights right is breathing right. The temptation to hold your breath, especially when the weigh is heavy will be high, but don’t give in. This is because when you hold your breath, it creates a pressure on your organs which usually help with breathing and circulation called inthrathoracic pressure. This could cause a reduction in blood flow to the heart. The lesser the blood flow to the heart is, the lesser is the blood flow that is pumped out of your heart. This can restrict the amount of blood flowing to your head and other parts of the body. Holding your breath is the main reason you feel lightheaded while lifting weights.

Breathing with correct timing can improve core muscle engagement and enable better lift mechanics and strength.

So, what does breathing right constitute of? It’s pretty simple. Exhale while performing the concentric or the muscle shortening part of the lift and inhale during the eccentric or the muscle lengthening part of the lift. Which means you exhale everytime you push the weight out or away from you and inhale eveytime you pull it in or closer to your body

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But this doesn’t mean breathing right is the answer to all your body fat issues. You still need to focus overall – be consistent with your training; Eat clean and eat well, making sure your body gets all the right nutrients and focus on the progressive overload.

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