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This could be a stupid question, but then again...(15 posts)

This could be a stupid question, but then again...jesse1
Feb 20, 2003 4:36 PM
...maybe not.
Is it possible, that holding one's breath for as long as you can (within reason - don't want to keel over), would enhance respiratory performance?
Wouldn't that "train" your lungs to be more efficient? Kind of like training at altitude? And stretch and expand your lung capacity as well?
Could we call this the absolute wrong thing to do?Kerry
Feb 20, 2003 6:09 PM
Yes, I think we could. You do not train for aerobic sports by holding your breath.
But no air sprints could be the new rage!!!PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 20, 2003 6:24 PM
Think of the product you could sell with it... a heart rate monitor to measure intensity with some goofy features that aren't remotely accurate to guess how much oxygen is in the persons lungs. Then a non-reusable nose clip that comes in boxes of 5. Combine this with a book called "No Air - The next big training REVOLUTION" you could have people sprinting as hard as they could for 30 seconds while holding their breath. Let me know when you want to start production.
I didn't mean to suggest.....jesse1
Feb 20, 2003 8:27 PM
....that you'd actually do this while training, or doing anything other than while being sedentary.
Although, back in high school I swam in competition and the coach was always pushing us to go farther and faster under water while in training. Not something you'd be doing in a race. After several sessions of this, we could push ourselves much farther, holding our breath longer than when we first started.
And although I wasn't a "biker" at the time, I could always beat my biking friends uphill. I just always seemed to have more air than them.
Emil Zatopek reportedly did this as part of his training.dzrider
Feb 21, 2003 5:43 AM
He claimed it reduced his fear of being out of breath and helped his kick at the end of races. Considering his record I'd not be so quick to dismiss it.
Emil Zatopek reportedly did this as part of his training.brider
Feb 21, 2003 2:38 PM
I think that's a case of being good IN SPITE of the training methods, not because of them.
Another stupid training item.MR_GRUMPY
Feb 20, 2003 6:43 PM
There is a product out, that costs about $90 that you blow into and it provides resistance that will help increase lung volume. I was thinking that you could get the same effect by blowing up balloons. lots of them.
Feb 20, 2003 8:28 PM
Give it a try. Might build up some lactate tolerance, too.

You might want to have a spotter around.

This was a training technique my cross-country teamSnyder
Feb 20, 2003 9:16 PM
used in high school in 1980 in Chicago. It was part of a fartlech workout. Hold your breath and sprint to the next telephone poll, then recover, and do it again. Cotton shorts, Adidis Gazelle's, and no HRMs.
you should ask divers.....Bruno S
Feb 20, 2003 9:40 PM
people than skin dive should be able to tell you if doing it repeately makes then able to dive deeper and for more time.
re: This could be a stupid question, but then again...worldb
Feb 20, 2003 9:40 PM
We do it all the time like when someone farts by you in a theater.
Is this a form of auto-erotic asphyxiation?? (nm)Alexx
Feb 21, 2003 4:31 AM
I'm doing a search on Michael Jackson's website on that. (nm)jesse1
Feb 21, 2003 5:22 AM
Feb 21, 2003 8:18 AM
One way to enhance one's breathing capacity is by slowing it down. It's not simply about holding your breath but also about taking as deep a breath as possible. Try it. In yoga, this type of breath is often utilized.
re: This could be a stupid question, but then again...al0
Feb 21, 2003 12:28 PM
I have done it regularrz when I have trained in rowing )also aerobic sport, yeh). It works fine. But zou should do following - hold zour brath and accelerate for, e.g. 30 seconds then 2min. rest )on slow pace) then next try - 4 of 5 times. Try to increase holding time from training to traning. Some precautions - don't try this exercise until zou have good aerobic trainig (plenty basic miles) and don't do it more then once a week.