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breathing excersizeswooden legs
Jan 28, 2004 10:06 AM
does anyone know any exercises that they've found useful in training their lungs to breathe "better"? i hear that your lungs are of fixed size based on genetics, but you can strengthen your breathing muscles and train to use more of your capacity with certain exercises.

the one i've been doing recently was recommended by bicycling magazine: breathe out for 3 seconds, in for two, trains you to breathe deeper. it's extremely low impact though, was looking for something that had to do more with muscle groups too.

some people use those breathing tubes that offer resistance, i definitely can't afford a $90 accessory right now, but if anyone has one and could post close up pictures or describe how it works i'd like to try to build one myself.

thanks for all the help!
Try yogic breathinginnergel
Jan 28, 2004 3:02 PM
As you inhale, expand your belly which will stretch your diaphram (sp?). As you exhale, contract your belly which will forcefully expel the air in your lungs. I try and breathe like this during very hard work on the bike, i.e. climbs, intervals, TT, etc., and it seems to settle my HR down a bit and gets me more focused.

I'd be leary of any apparatus that costs $90 that can teach you to breathe better.
Try yogic breathingwooden legs
Jan 28, 2004 7:51 PM
yeah, i don't know who buys them. they seem like just a little pvc tube with a valve on them to give resistance to your breathing. i might try to make one from scratch just to try it out, i've had some people say it works wonders, the principle (resistance builds muscles) is plenty sound.

i've read a bit on the breathing you reccomend, many sources reccomend using the belly. i'm working that into my excersizes in the shower, thanks.
Try yogic breathinginnergel
Jan 29, 2004 8:18 AM
If resistance builds muscle, you could always just buy a bunch of balloons and blow them up every night. That would be a lot cheaper than some $90 pvc tube with a valve :-)

I remember reading some article about breathing on the bike and it talked about a racer who was fanatical about working on his breathing. They said you could hear him coming from way back because when he exhaled he sounded like a train. I can't remember the rider or where I read it, but it's stuck with me for a long time.

At any rate, it certainly can't hurt to improve your breathing. Probably anything you do will help.