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Lifting Tip: Follow Your Breath, Not Your Count

When doing strength-training exercises, we talk a lot about reps and sets. You often hear the simple instruction — do two sets of 20 reps. Instead of focusing on counting and numbers, focus on your breath. Counting often makes us speed up our actions, so practice letting your breath guide the speed of your movement. Move on each inhale and move on and exhale, and remember not to hold your breath. This will allow you have more control instead of letting momentum carry your body, which will enable you to work your muscles more effectively.


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VeeKeeTee VeeKeeTee 8 years
I've been doing that and I seemed to be able to do more reps
theresar theresar 8 years
Great tip. I think this is something people often forget. Also, the movement is easier when you follow your breath.
delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
Nice tip!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Good idea.
misskacie misskacie 8 years
Yeah, except that I'm prone to forget how many sets/reps I've done even when I'm counting! Darn this brain of mine...
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Nice tip!
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