Breathing is just something all of us take for granted. It happens automatically without even thinking about it. However, there is more to it than that when you are doing a strength training workout. Your breathing pattern needs to be on point just like the movements you do while training. You must be aware of your breathing habits otherwise it could result in serious injury.
Don’t Ever Hold Your Breath
We have all seen those funny (sometimes scary) videos of people passing out when lifting weights. We get a good laugh from all of them, but this could happen to you, too, if you are not careful. This occurs when your blood pressure spikes up quickly because you are holding your breath while lifting a heavy object. Your body needs a constant supply of oxygen when strength training. If you limit it even for a short amount of time, you may wake up on the floor of the gym.
How Should You Breathe During Strength Training?
There is a bit of a trick to it. You can just start panting away like a dog as you bang out reps. Not only will you start hyperventilating, but you will also be getting weird looks from everyone else there. When you are bench pressing or doing the military press, inhale as you are bringing the weight down as that requires less exertion. Exhale when you are pushing the weight away from you. Always exhale on the toughest part of the movement of the strength training exercise.
Try to alternate using both the mouth and the nose to breathe through. It will ensure the proper amount of oxygen is circulating through your body at just the right speed. When enough oxygen is present, you should be able to put together a pretty great workout.