“Unrack the weight. Set the feet in that stable squat stance, shoulder width apart at the heels. Take a big breath in the belly and hold. Now squat.”
If you’ve ever done heavy barbell lifting at CrossFit Merge, you’ve probably heard me give these cues. It seems simple enough, but what’s the deal with holding the breath. Does that really matter? Yes, it matters a whole lot.
Filling your thoracic cavity with air, thus creating a more rigid and stable midline, during a squat, deadlift, or press is called the Valsalva Maneuver.
CrossFit Hoboken has a great write up on the Valsalva Maneuver. In short, the softer my midline, or core, the weaker that link is in the chain of my body. A good rule of thumb during strength training is to only breathe when the barbell isn’t moving. So there you have it.
1 mile run
Workout of the Day (WOD):
For time, complete 21 – 18 – 15 – 12 – 9 reps of:
Deadlifts (225#/155# for women)
Kettlbell swings (53#/35#)
10 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of:
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Benny, Kevin, and Morgan, doing what used to be called the “Health-lift”
Very strange. Everyone in the 7:30 pm class lost a contact lens at the exact same time.
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