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    DeviLFisH is offline Senior Member
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    Default about breathing while swing /push up

    when you swing the KB up is breath in or out?

    I do know most people when they swing , when the KB swing up is breath out down in

    same apply for push up ,

    down breath in up breath out


    I used to do this but change another way , down breath out , up breath up


    so which one is correct?
    does it matter?

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    I breathe in on the way down. I feel like the pressure created by the breath helps protect the lower back/abdominal muscles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyHighway View Post
    I breathe in on the way down. I feel like the pressure created by the breath helps protect the lower back/abdominal muscles.
    I think Pavel says to exhale at the top position whereas Steve Cotter says it's better to inhale. See the article http://journal.crossfit.com/2007/07/...comparison.tpl.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeviLFisH View Post
    same apply for push up, down breath in up breath out. I used to do this but change another way , down breath out , up breath up, so which one is correct?
    does it matter?
    For pushups most people probably instinctively exhale on the way up for the extra assist. But the Systema guys recommend that one should delink breathing from the action for practically any exercise. While I can see their point for lighter stuff like unweighted push-/pull-ups, I don't see how it can be safe for DLs, squats or heavy MPs for example.
    Last edited by postandspread; 12-19-2012 at 08:57 PM.

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    DeviLFisH is offline Senior Member
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    so which is the best way?

    "standard" which you mean down inhale , up exhale ?
    same for pull up and all ?

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    DevilFish,

    Read the link that postand spread provided....BTW - postandspread that was a very informative article and it answers quite few questions I've had in my head.

    DevilFish - it is not about which is "best". Its is about which style of kettlebell lifting ( HardStyle or Girveoy Sport ) you do and which breathing pattern is suited for that style of lifting. The article pretty much explains the differences. ..Dennis

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    I generally exhale (behind the shield) on the positive motion of grinds and negative of balistic moves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviLFisH View Post
    so which is the best way?

    "standard" which you mean down inhale , up exhale ?
    same for pull up and all ?
    Besides what ad5fly has said, I'd say, experiment. For heavier weights or more demanding bodyweight exercises, the breathing-behind-the-shield suggestion of danfaz is very useful. Both Pavel and Stuart McGill attach a lot of importance to it. FWIW, on the basis of my personal experiences and experimentation, I find that this really is a skill and one can try to master it independently of one's regular workouts.

    Btw, you could specifically ask JDC your question since the "internal" styles like qi gong etc seem to be pretty clued into various breathing rhythms.

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    I usually exhale at the top on swings, but find when going all out, say doing a snatch test I reverse without thinking about it as it seems to match with the movement pattern better when I am at limit of lung capacity.

    However I prefer the first option as it feels better on my back.
    [SIZE="1"]Currently working ROP with a 32kg for presses, random for swing, 24kg for snatch.[/SIZE]

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