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Expanding Your Rib Cage?


#1

i was wondering if its smart to expand your rib cage or if it rly doesn't do anything


#2

How do you plan on expanding your rib cage?

20 rep breathing squats with barbell pullovers?


#3

2 sets of 25 breathing squats then barbell pullovers


#4

yeah


#5

I'm very sceptical for a variety of reasons. The issue was discussed on the following thread:

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1028057&pageNo=0

Other alleged myths are debated there as well, but there are plenty of posts on ribcage expansion.

Also check out the Chest Roundtable (you will find a link on the above mentioned thread).


#6

i have decided after reading many other threads that i should not waste my energy on this


#7

good decision.

that's like saying "I'm gonna lengthen my legs, should I hang around upside down for 4 hours a day?"


#8

Exactly. I can't believe people still fall for this. If it was that easy to deform cartilage and bone, we would all be in a shitload of trouble. Your nose would grow every time you got a cold.


#9

Rib csrtlidge can be expanded. People with chronic lung conditions such as emphusema and COPD or bronchitis often develop a barrel chest from rib cage expansion due to deeper breathing. It takes a long time to develop. So the question would be what would it take to do it and would it be worth it?


#10

Mine only grows when I tell a lie.


#11

People with COPD often develop a slight barrel chest in the later stages of the disease because their lungs are chronically overinflated with air. As a result, the rib cage stays expanded to a degree. This makes breathing less efficient and contributes to severe shortness of breath. That doesn't mean the cartilage changed. It means they never fully exhale and don't have full lung capacity.