Breathing During Deadlifts
I've been struggling with getting that "big ol' belly breath" so many Powerlifters gulp while setting up for their Big Deadlift.
I've spent the better part of this year working a lot on volume and as usual when you're doing high (relatively speaking because after all 5 reps is super high for me) volume training, getting that breath in isn't about being able to complete a rep it's more about finishing the total number of desired reps. But, since I've migrated into the maximal end of the spectrum of intensity: I cannot slack off on breathing in the first 2-3 reps knowing that the critical juncture is going to be on rep 4 or 5. Here, I need to bring my A-Game on Rep 1 itself.
So, I know Eric's written articles on this but I'm gonna give a small example of what I've found to be useful.
I kept thinking that I need to take a huge breath in..so the main cue words running in my head were "breathe in breathe in breathe in come on big breath right into the stomach…" But that's not how it should be.
I've found that the key is to NOT breathe in totally; to leave a little room in there. And the most important point is to keep the abs tight - it's not about inflating the stomach till the walls extend out as far as possible.
Doing core work is NOT essential at my level and at times doing excess core work can actually hamper me. But, because of all the volume work I'd been doing the nature of the beast had me forget this ability to keep my core clenched. So, I threw in some planks once a week and I did a couple of static holds on the swiss ball for Supine Glute ham raises and I've relearnt how to keep my core tight, leave a little room in my stomach and only breathe in just a little bit over what I think is enough to keep me tight during a big pull.
I just felt like sharing this little experience of getting back into the swing of things.
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