As a coach, I tend to focus on quality of movement mechanics first. It’s always the easiest for most to understand and grasp. It’s tangible. And my athletes get a sense of instant gratification.
However, there is something that underlies mechanics… and it is breathing patterns. Often times, poor breathing mechanics is a major factor in movements going to shit. Muscular fatigue is certainly the reason why we fail at holding proper mechanics, but breathing enables us to sustain those shapes much longer and with better awareness.
A few years ago I attended a performance seminar. One in particular was Gray Cook’s FMS. He says, “If you don’t own your breathing, you don’t own your movement.” It speaks to efficiency and quality of movement.
Externally, breathing dictates pace and allows you to brace (get tight!). Internally, it feeds your muscles blood and oxygen. This delivery allows to cycle in fuel and pump out waste.
Most only notice external factors of elite athletes in matters of performance: strength, speed, agility, power, etc. Not all elite athletes have these same attributes that makes them successful. However, what they all do have in common is that they’ve been able to master their breathing mechanics.
Here’s just one example by the most successful, accomplished, and decorated CrossFit athlete today… Rich Froning. I’ve noticed throughout the years how he’s very intentional and consistent about his breathing from the get-go. His pacing and consistency is unparalleled. The guy below made a video noticing the same things…
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Workouts for Week 11.07.16
Monday: Deadlift; Squat Cleans / Toes to Bar
Tuesday: Push Press / Hip Extension; Run / Pull Ups
Wednesday: Back Squats / Ring Rows; Suitcase Carry / Farmer’s Carry
Thursday: Lunges / Chin Ups; Push Ups / AMSU / Pistols
Friday: Segment Snatch; Double Unders / Squats / Ring Dips / Hang Power Cleans
Saturday: Front Squats; Row / Burpees / Wall Balls