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Old 01-31-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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Thrusters & Breathing

Today's WOD reminded me of an issue i've been having for a while with thrusters- it seems like no exercise gets me more winded. Doing fran feels more like a cardiovascular endurance test than anything else. I was wondering what kind of breathing pattern/technique you use while doing thrusters? Right now i'm breathing in before my squat and breathing out as I come up into the press, but usually after five or six i end up breathing twice in quick succession on the way down. Basically I'm wondering if you have the same issue or any suggestions, thanks.
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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Re: Thrusters & Breathing

Sounds about right, Mike. No question that Fran is supposed to be a met-con intense WOD. I actually get winded even sooner because I tend to use the Valsalva maneuver (hold breath) on the concentric phase, either through habit from heavy front squat type movements, or because 95# thrusters are heavy for me and I need the extra stability in the torso.
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:29 PM   #3
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Re: Thrusters & Breathing

Depends on how heavy the thrusters are for you, light thrusters (and wallballs) I'll breath out at the top and bottom, heavier thrusters I'll only breath out at the top.
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:17 PM   #4
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Re: Thrusters & Breathing

Don't overthink it. Keep xfitting for a while and it'll be okay.
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Re: Thrusters & Breathing

I am having the same issue here, and feel like I hold my breath for the squat then exhale at the thruster. The problem I have is when to breath in!

Any suggestions?
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:20 AM   #6
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Re: Thrusters & Breathing

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I am having the same issue here, and feel like I hold my breath for the squat then exhale at the thruster. The problem I have is when to breath in!

Any suggestions?
When you're done breathing out.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:47 AM   #7
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Re: Thrusters & Breathing

Thanks for that

But I don't have much time between my full extension of a thruster and the drop into a squat. Should I be slowing down the whole exercise to keep a more regular breathing pattern.

I think that will lose me some time, and intensity.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:49 AM   #8
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Re: Thrusters & Breathing

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Sounds about right, Mike. No question that Fran is supposed to be a met-con intense WOD. I actually get winded even sooner because I tend to use the Valsalva maneuver (hold breath) on the concentric phase, either through habit from heavy front squat type movements, or because 95# thrusters are heavy for me and I need the extra stability in the torso.
The Valsalva maneuver is when you equalize the pressure in your ears by exhaling against a pinched nose... it would require a free hand. There are a few ways to equalize without using your hands... but why you would do so during a workout is beyond me.
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:04 AM   #9
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Re: Thrusters & Breathing

No that is using the Valsalva to equalize ear pressure, but it is not in and of itself the the valsalva.

Thrusters, lower the weight and exchange 1/3 to 1/2 your air quickly at the top and bottom through pursed lips. Don't exhale enough or use so much weight that you allow your back to be compromised
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:38 AM   #10
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The Valsalva maneuver is when you equalize the pressure in your ears by exhaling against a pinched nose... it would require a free hand. There are a few ways to equalize without using your hands... but why you would do so during a workout is beyond me.
Nope... Valsalva is just filling the lungs and exhaling against the closed glottis (or, I suppose, a pinched nose). It improves the structure and support of your torso during lifts and is an integral part to moving anything heavy.
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