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Old 07-15-2010, 05:24 PM   #1
Adrienne McPhaul
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Breath Control

Could anyone give me any advice/links on controlling breathing?

I have noticed that in interval training with running and with many of the WODs I quickly fall into shallow, fast breathing that really interferes with my performance.

I have been running for awhile and don't feel it is a lack of CRE, but I may be fooling myself.

I have wondered if it's an issue of becoming too tense in my upper body and I consciously try to force my shoulders down and relax more with running but I'm still having a hard time with breathing, especially when using a tempo trainer to run at a certain cadence. I'm mentally drumming out the pattern my feet should be falling in but to control my breath by counting on the inhale and exhale I feel like I need a much slower count and when I try I often throw my cadence off.

Any advice would be appreciated and apologies if this has already been discussed and I missed it.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:02 PM   #2
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Re: Breath Control

don't mess with your breathing..........ever.

The body automatically adapts itself to higher or lower levels of acidity by speeding or slowing the breath rate. If you 'control' your breathing, your messing with the bodies ability to balance its own acidity. The mechanisms are highly adaptive and precise.

Most people benefit from opening up all the secondary respiratory muscles to aid in breath, which is a different aspect. doing work on opening up your neck and shoulders is always good-
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:13 PM   #3
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Re: Breath Control

Use your diaphragm....
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:26 PM   #4
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Re: Breath Control

Thank you, Steven.

Mike, even if it is "panic breathing?" I know I can't expect to breathe as if I'm in a resting state but this seems too fast and too shallow. Thanks!
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Re: Breath Control

i just wouldn't force anything, including posture.

just relax........while your under effort. It's possible to be completely calm while under high effort, and still breathing rapidly. If you try to force your shoudler down, your stopping yourself from using the last third of the breath, which may be necessary under the circumstances
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:24 AM   #6
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Re: Breath Control

My experience with breathing came from some swimming practice I did last year. Underwater, you clearly have to "control" your breathing to match your stroke rate. The best thing I learned is to focus on the exhale, not inhale, portion of the breath. (I've read that the majority of the alveoli - the little sacs lining your lung that absorb oxygen and release CO2 - are located in the bottom of your lungs, but I cannot substantiate the claim).

When I run, I focus on exhaling rather deeply, and allowing my lungs to naturally inflate, rather than sucking in tons of air or rapidly cycling, both of which serve to increase mental stress about my general fitness level. I find this method helps fully exhaust CO2 and bring in fresh air.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:50 AM   #7
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Re: Breath Control

Thank you so much! I am going to try this and see if it helps!
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