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Breathing While Lifting

Correct breathing technique while exercising keeps the core tight and spine supported,. Whether you're lifting weights in the gym or house furniture, it can be your natural response to hold your breath. Incorrect breathing can cause faster fatigue, dizziness and increase your blood pressure, which it is possible it can lead to fainting. Breathing correctly when lifting, you will have a more control and alertness during your exercise.

Start by lifting light weights until breathing correctly is second nature, if lifting heavy, it takes more concentration which may lead attention going off the breathing and losing correct breathing. If you find yourself holding your Breath, then the weight is too heavy.


  • Breathe deeply a few times before each set
  • ┬áInhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth
  • Inhale as you begin the movement and throughout the range of motion (concentric phase) labelled (B)
  • Exhale once you have completed the rep and as you begin the eccentric phase labelled (C)
  • In-between sets, breathe deeply inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth