Do you breathe with your stomach or your chest?

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Do you breathe by expanding your stomach or chest?

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  2. Stomach

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  3. I don't breathe

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  1. Silmatharien

    Silmatharien OT Supporter

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    I'm a stomach breather, just wonder what other people do.
     
  2. Helios

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    Everyone's stomach expands with their chest when they breath, it just varies how much.
     
  3. Blade

    Blade Time to swolercize

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    depends on what I'm doing
     
  4. Silmatharien

    Silmatharien OT Supporter

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    well I find I breathe almost exclusively with my stomach. If I want to use my chest, I really have to think about it.
     
  5. .::Rotten Apple::.

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    all babies only breathe with their stomaches...

    It's supposed to change as you become a toddler and start standing up / sitting up more, etc.
     
  6. JeremyD

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    Breathe into the belly. I was trained this way...
     
  7. Memor

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  8. jmezz

    jmezz layin in bed stretchin my pumped quads for hours

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    But why?
     
  9. Thomas Crenshaw

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    your not getting the right amount of air if your just breathing with your chest. its too shallow and you shouldnt let your body get used to it.
    breathe with the diaphragm
     
  10. Patrick Bateman

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    Picked "I dont breathe" because I have no idea how I breathe. I just do.
     
  11. Abomb

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    how the fuck does one train themselves to "breath with the stomach or diaphragm" or what not
     
  12. Patrick Bateman

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    better question is who gives a fuck. I just want huge ripped pecs.
     
  13. Abomb

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    no bro, im more worried about breathing properly. if i want huge ripped pecs ill just use synthol and site inject test
     
  14. Silmatharien

    Silmatharien OT Supporter

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    I do. I wonder if it's messing up my midsection and making it more bloated. When I flex I get well-defined abs but if I were to completely relax my abs, my stomach looks distended.
     
  15. Patrick Bateman

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    youre not worried about dieting to have ripped abs youre worried about your breathing? :rofl:
     
  16. Silmatharien

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    no, it's not really my abs I care about. I'm not fat. Just a large midsection when I breathe in deeply.
     
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    Helps to breathe into the stomach and tense your abs when lifting heavy because it locks your core in more. It's like giving yourself a fat beer gut without having one. No muscle building or cosmetic reasons for it...just keeps you tighter when squatting/DLing/etc.
     
  19. JeremyD

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    Tighten the ab muscles for better stability in big lifts. A tight core will always mean a bigger lift. Even more noticeable when wearing a belt to push against.
     
  20. MaineSucks

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    just stop and breathe for a second... if your shoulders rise when you breathe, you aren't breathing correctly.
     
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    when I'm actually conscious of my breathing it's from the stomach, but when I'm in the gym doing any kind of squats or deads I end up breathing from the chest, which sucks because I get winded more easily that way
     
  22. Blade

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    squats and deads are when you would want to pull air into your gut
     
  23. Bodhi

    Bodhi My crotch is red .. my lambos blue .. and ill be g

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    if you're focusing on WHATS BREATHING .. then you're doing it wrong
     
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    i'm hyperventallating
     
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    Yeah I keep my back arched and my gut sticking out, but still my abs are too tense during squats/deads to allow my lungs to expand from there.
     
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