31 Easy Tips to Sporting Excellence: #12 Don’t Breathe in the Pool

Today’s tip in the “31 Easy Tips to Sporting Excellence” series is #11: Don’t breathe in the pool

I am a big fan of hypoxic work in the pool. I believe it strengthens the lungs both in and out of the water, helping your body process carbon dioxide more efficiently and helping it operate efficiently with less oxygen.

Holding your breath while swimming

Like anything new, it will be hard at first, but gradually increase the times and distances you limit your breath for. Be careful as you introduce it, but who knows you may eventually be able to hold it for 20+ minutes!

For example:

  • breathe every 3 strokes then every 5 strokes, then every 7 strokes
  • Breathe every 2 strokes for 25m, then breathe every 3 strokes on the next 25m, then every 4, and so on.
  • Do 25m sprints with no breath
  • Underwater for 25m

Here is a sample hypoxic workout and some tips on how to improve your breath-holding abilities.

As your lungs grow stronger you should be able to feel the improvements at the end of long runs or a race, where normally you would be sucking air.

Previous tips in the 31 Easy Tips series include:

#1: Drink Water First Thing in the Morning
#2: Write Down Your Goals (Now!)
#3: Ask an Expert
#4: Start Stretching
#5: Track your progress towards your Goals
#6: Take a Cold Shower
#7: Incorporate Drills into your Workouts
#8: Superfoods for Superperformance
#9: Get Some Rest
#10: Cross train
#11: Reward Yourself

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