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Breathing During Deadlifts?


#1

Do you:

A) Inhale before you pull and exhale at the lockout.

B) Inhale before you pull, lock it out and set it down before exhaling.


#2

A.

If it's really heavy and i'm going to lower it under control, I'll take another breath at lockout and exhale after dropping the weight.


#3

i think breathing too deeply can be a bad idea for people with compression in their vertebrae, as deep deep breaths create a lot of intrabdominal pressure and push against the spine, causing pain.

you don't need to take the deepest breath on a deadlift to stay as tight as is necessary.


#4

Yeah, the same. If it's heavy, you'll want a bit of fresh air before the descent.


#5

A.

And drop the weight from the top, I don't wanna be the guy that gets hurt putting his deadlift down.


#6

B I think. Hell never really thought to much about it. Kind of a hybrid I think. I am pretty sure I am exhaling on the decent after a pause on the lock out.


#7

No, you want to be the guy that gets kicked from the gym for dropping weights.

If you can't put it down, don't pull it up. It's as simple as that.


#8

I suck in a big gulp before pulling and then take another deep breath before lowering the bar. I never drop the weight on my pulls...just do everything in reverse, trust me gravity helps you on the way back home.


#9

Thanx for the replies.

I tried method B for a few sets last night, I got a wicked headache.


#10

Then I suggest A for you.

DB


#11

It's a controlled drop, but thanks mom.

I work the up, not the down.

You don't get white lights for how well you set the weight down.