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Why are we coaching "breathing in the gym?

09/27/2017, 9:15am EDT
By Staff

Does what we're coaching apply to parents as well as kids?

First of all, the answer to the second question is Yes.  

Why are we coaching “breathing”?  A majority of the population are chest breathers (i.e. they don’t use their diaphragm to properly breathe).  In our informal tests in the gym, we’ve seen that over 75% of our young athletes fall into this category.   It’s pretty much an accepted fact that improving breathing patterns leads to better recruitment of the proper muscles and better stress management, resulting in improvements in athletic and academic performance.   We’ve introduced an exercise call Crocodile Breathing into our workouts to help our athletes to improve their breathing patterns.  Here are a few links related to the subject.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/08/health/breathe-like-pro-athlete/index.html

http://builtforhockey.com/between-shifts/

 


https://www.functionalmovement.com/Exercises/823/crocodile_breathing_with_ankle_weights

http://movement-as-medicine.com/why-and-how-we-program-breathing-exercises/
 

 

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