I'm going to keep this brief..
Most people engage in very shallow breathing; all in their chest. This is a mistake. You're short changing your performance.
I see it all the time..I tell people to take in deep breath to stabilize their core while lifting. Instead of taking air into their diaphragm, their chest puffs up and their face gets red.
Taking air into your chest does not create any stability in your core nor does it allow you to breath through a heavy conditioning session as well as you could be.
If you don't know WHAT or WHERE or HOW it works...watch this short video clip about your diaphragm.
Now that you know what your diaphragm is, let's learn how to use it.
The easiest way to check to see if you're using your diaphragm to stabilize yourself is to place your hands around your waist from a standing position. Then, I want you to take in a deep breath (from your diaphragm) and aim to expand your waist and push your hands apart. Your chest should not rise!
This is a skill you should learn.
Give this a shot. Implement this test before you go to lift weights - stabilize yourself with your diaphragm.
You should also practice taking deep, diaphragmatic breaths during your conditioning. Don't default to shallow, chest breathing when you're getting gassed. "Breath into your belly". Put your hands on your waist to feel your torso expand. Inhale through your nose, down into your belly and exhale through your mouth.
There is a reason I stand, keep my chest up and place my hands on my waist in the middle of a WOD when I'm taking a breather - it's to implement diaphragmatic breathing.
Speaking of training.. you should come train with us. We know a thing or two about getting lean, strong and fast.
-Nicole Race, Co-owner St. Pete Strength and Conditioning, home of SPSC Crossfit