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Posted by: Sporty Spice | 2004/01/08

Weight training

Why mustn't you hold your breath while exercising with weight machines?

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Hi Sporty Spice

The main reason is that your blood pressure increases during weight lifting, and breathing acts as a ‘release’ so that this does not rise too high. Holding your breah is produces what is known as the Valsalva manoeuvre, and it’s quite high risk for stroke in people with high blood pressure. That’s why slow controlled breathing as you exert the force is the recommended way to breathe.

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Posted by: dbt | 2004/01/09

As it will raise your blood pressure.

Some exersice requires that you hold your breath such as powerlifting as it helps in stabilization of the body. These sort of weight training are normaly very low rep ranges.

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