Imagine taking a crap while keeping your back door shut. That’s intra-abdominal pressure, the feeling that someone’s pumping air into your stomach.
Stand straight and push your hands into your side, just above the hip. Now take a DEEP breath and inhale in a way that makes your waistline expand. Breathe into your gut. When you’re done inhaling, keep that air inside for a moment and then, all other openings clamped shut, press it out through pursed lips.
So your saying take a deep “belly breath” and then hold it? When doing deadlifts is it best to do this before or after going down to grip the bar?
Pretty much, but you have to actually squeeze your abs super hard. Like when you were a kid you tried to turn your face red by pushing all the blood into it. But yes, most DEFINITELY a belly breathe not a chest breath.
I prefer to get the breathe before I dip to grip the bar, but I don’t spend very much time at all after I grab the bar before starting the pull (maybe…half a second?). If you spend a lot of time with your hands on the bar you might want to take a breathe after you grip when you’re ready to start pulling.
Basically whatever nighthawkz said, do what feels best.