Portland Personal Trainer | Breathing Technique | Lifting Weights

If you are working with a health, fitness or Portland personal trainer, ask them about this topic! It is super important to make sure that you have this basic component down before moving on to more advanced moves!When it comes to resistance training, one of the most important components that an individual needs to be proficient in is their breathing technique. The basic rule is to inhale on the eccentric and exhale on the concentric. For example, if you are doing a bench press you will want to inhale when the bar is coming towards the chest (eccentric contraction) and exhale when you are pushing the bar away from the chest (concentric contraction). Another example would be when you are doing a leg squat. When you are squatting down towards the floor (eccentric contraction) you will want to inhale, and when you are rising and going into am straight position (concentric contraction) you will want to exhale. What you do not want to do is hold your breath because this will cause intra-abdominal pressure, or a Valsalva maneuver. This can result in seeing stars, passing out and even vomiting. In addition, you do not want to reverse your breathing because you will lose integrity in your core and surrounding muscles that are you usually activated when you are correctly breathing when moving a resistance load. The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241