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A Cool New Pre-Exercise Breath Protocol
I recently finished reading Jesse Coomer's A Practical Guide to Breathwork: A Remedy for the Modern Human Condition. It's a great read for anyone interested in practical breathwork protocols. I've been using one particular protocol from the book for a pre-workout charge-up and it works really well. It's called the “Jolly Green Giant” (it gets its name from the position in which you will stand), and it goes like this:
- In a standing position, place your hands on the middle of your ribcage.
- Take a slow but deep breath in through your nose, using the proper breath wave (belly, ribs, chest). As you inhale, be sure that you feel your rib cage expanding as you pull your breath downward to your belly. Then, fill your chest with air.
- Exhale actively through the nose.
- Repeat this at a slow pace for ten breaths.
- Next, speed up the pace of your inhales and exhales, inhaling through the nose and out through the mouth. Continue to keep your hands on your mid-ribs and be they move with your rib expansion.
- Repeat this for a minute.
- Next, switch to mouth breathing for your inhales and exhales, making sure to use the proper breath wave and rib expansion.
- Repeat this for a minute.
- When you are finished, you can start your workout with the confidence that you have set your breathing pattern up for success.
Anyways, this is worth trying before your next workout, and Jesse's new breathwork book is definitely worth reading. Get it here.
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