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How Should you Breathe when you Squat?

blog May 11, 2024

How Should you Breathe when you Squat?

Breathing & Bracing is Commonly Overlooked

Proper breathing and bracing during squats and deadlifts are crucial for injury prevention and spinal support. Don't overcomplicate it; follow these simple steps to ensure a stable foundation.

#1: The Valsalva Maneuver


  • Creating Intra-Abdominal Pressure


The Valsalva Maneuver might sound complex, but it's vital for a safe squat or deadlift. It involves creating intra-abdominal pressure to stabilize your spine during heavy lifts.


  • Bracing for a Punch


Imagine you're about to take a punch to the stomach. Inhale deeply, then brace your core as if you're preparing for impact. This technique optimizes your core and spine alignment under load.

#2: The Water Bottle Analogy

Think of your abdomen like an empty water bottle with a top. When the top is off, the bottle crushes easily. But when the top is on, it resists compression due to built-up pressure. Apply this concept to your core—maintain intra-abdominal pressure for stability and spinal protection.

By prioritizing breathing and bracing, you create a solid foundation for your squats and deadlifts, enhancing your performance and safeguarding your long-term well-being.

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