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Work of Breathing--Train Breathing Muscles

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The Work of Breathing (Introduction)

Train Breathing Muscles!

Did you know that it costs energy to breathe? On reflection, you know this must be truebut perhaps you figure this isn't really that big a deal. Doesn't almost all the energy you use while exercising goes to the legs? And even if the breathing muscles do require energy to work, does knowing about this subject have any importance to you as an athlete?

Well, if you are like I was, you severely underestimate the importance of breathing.


Three Breathing Concepts

1. There is an energy cost associated with breathing.

2. Muscle fatigue from breathing can be a limiting factor in exercise performance. This is the concept of breathing endurance.

3. Muscle work from breathing takes more energy when breathing muscles are untrained than when specifically trained. This is the concept of economy of muscle function.

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