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Is my routine causing my breathing problems?

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  • Is my routine causing my breathing problems?

    After a lot of searching and considering the direction I wanted to take, I finally picked up a routine. It's an olympic lifting one for beginners and I modified the second of three days for powerlifting movements. I'm loving the progress I've begun to make, but I'm working out for around an hour each session. At first I didn't mind, as it has me setting PRs and doing pullups often (previously underdeveloped biceps now getting large fast). However, over the last 3 days or so my breathing has become shallow and depressed. I tried to disregard it at first, but it feels like even when I consciously take a HUGE breath I can't fill my lungs completely (or even close to it). It's supposed to be a stress relief mechanism (I believe), so when I try and fail at filling my lungs I feel even greater stress and concern. Could it be my lack of sprinting, or should I cut my workout time down?

    Many thanks to any responders.

  • #2
    are you nose breathing? You should be nose breathing at all times.

    I wouldn't try to take deep breaths either. It isn't a good idea contrary to what you may have heard.


    • #3
      I am nose breathing 24/7 (unless, of course, I'm doing a metcon workout). And as far as intentionally taking deep breaths, I do it infrequently; it's really MOST concerning when my yawns and deep sighs feel choked off.


      • #4
        If its concerning you, it may be time for a pulmonary function test. Are you having a productive cough? Any history of Asthma or other pulmonary issues? How is the air quality where you live?


        • #5
          My first thoughts are also asthma. Do you have any asthma history ? No matter what - I would have it checked by a doctor, just to be safe
          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

          ...small steps....


          • #6
            Try shallow breathing when you exercise building up air hunger and that will help a lot