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Old 09-19-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
Scott Moore.
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Problems with Breathing

I did my first CF workout at a gym yesterday and I was having a lot of trouble with my breathing during the wall-balls. I had to keep stopping and catching my breath. I don't know if I was holding my breath too much or if I simply am out of shape.

Should I be exhaling as I'm coming up, coming down? Somewhere inbetween?

Some advice would be most appreciated.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:16 AM   #2
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Re: Problems with Breathing

I've personally found, that trying to control your breathing during a fast paced CF workout, doesn't work at all. When I don't think about it, I sometimes notice I'm breathing right where I need to during the movement.

Heavy strength days, like squats, cleans, etc, I like to control my breathing. I'm not exerting myself, but staying well rested. Wall-balls definitely get you breathing though, and some key words I noticed from your post are:

"First CF Workout," "Wall-Balls," "Stopping and catching my breath."

Sounds like you're performing fairly average when beginning CF.

I started after BUD/S, and I was in very good shape back then. CF kicked my butt so bad, I wondered how I could be in such good shape, and get owned by Michael.

CF is a whole different world, and most people who consider themselves in very good shape, face a rude awakening with the WOD.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:38 AM   #3
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Re: Problems with Breathing

Yeah, try not to think about it. You will find the same thing when you are doing thrusters (very similar motion). I felt like I couldn't breathe at all at the beginning, but it gets better over time.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:43 AM   #4
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Re: Problems with Breathing

For metcons, just breathe, it will figure itself out.
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Old 09-20-2008, 07:35 AM   #5
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Re: Problems with Breathing

Keep it natural.

Synchronize breathing with movement. As it gets out of sync, that's when you start hyperventilating and get that air hunger (can't catch your breath).

Relax, sync the breathing to movement, enjoy.


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Old 09-20-2008, 01:55 PM   #6
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Re: Problems with Breathing

You're just not used to intense training, that's all. Crossfit places a heavy influence on metabolic conditioning so by doing other WODs of this type you will develop a huge aerobic capacity that will carry over to other activities.
In other words, just keep pushing hard and train smart, and it'll work itself out.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:21 PM   #7
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Re: Problems with Breathing

learn to skip rope...

10 minutes of skipping is equal to running a 12 minute mile.

it will help ..alot
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