1. Control your breathing pre-lift
Regulate your breathing 30-45 seconds before a lift, Seedman recommends. If it’s really intense, give yourself some more time. The main focus is relaxing your body. “You want to slow your heart rate down to get lots of oxygen flowing to your muscles,” Seedman says. Some guys like to take strong, intense breaths to really get their nervous system amped up—huffing and looking like they’re ready to re-set a dislocated shoulder—but that kind of breathing pattern is detrimental to lifts, he explains. You’re not going to be taking any full breaths mid-lift. So if you start things off with a depleted supply of oxygen or your heart’s racing before a heavy set, you’re not going to lift to your potential.
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