Thursday, December 31, 2009

Trying to get some last mintue/(year?) work done at the gym, they just shut the lights off on me they must be in a rush to go have fun:)
'When love and discipline come together you have great chemistry." Rick Pitino...here's to more chemistry in 2010

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Yeah! Ping from my phone!
loving the new Iphone, a short learning curve, but plenty more fun stuff to learn!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Teach your Grinch to Foam Roll http://ericbeard.com

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." -Goethe quote
"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."- Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"A positive attitude has nothing to do with what happens to you, but everything with how you react to it." Jeffrey Gitomer quote

Monday, December 21, 2009

Only 30% of decline in brain function is genetic, that leaves a WHOPPING 70% that we can control, take some action, it can change your life
"If your hydration level drops by as little as 5% then your cognitive abilites can be impaired by up to 50%." -Brian Walsh # Quote
"Images can be up to 3 times more effective with learning than text due to the associative nature of the human brain." -Brian Walsh
"The area outside of your comfort zone is the chaos zone, this is where learning and growth occur."-Brian Walsh quote

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tufts University suggests that Americans gain over 50% of their annual weight gain in just the 6 weeks between Thanksgiving and New years!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Why do I like DotFit and HFPN? http://ericbeard.com/
"...even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt I didn't have chance to win." Arnold Palmer

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Doing your best is more important than being the best." Shannon Miller quote

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Listening to my first of 2 GDI Webinars tonight. Tuesday nights are solid work nights!
"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart and mind, confidence is the key to all locks." Joe Paterno quote

Monday, December 14, 2009

"4 things can not be taken back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past life and a neglected opportunity" Arabian Proverb

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A BubbleTweet From @ericbeard http://bbltwt.com/hhaip
"It's your thoughts behind the words you speak that create your attitude." Jeffrey Gitomer

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"If you keep thinking about what you WANT to do or what you HOPE will happen, you won't do it and it's won't happen."- Joe DiMaggio quote

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes himself." – Alexander Graham Bell

Monday, December 7, 2009

"Don't join an easy crowd; you won't grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high." Jim Rohn quote
I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. -Brian Tracy quote

Monday, November 30, 2009

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”
“The key to change... is to let go of fear.” Roseanne Cash

Friday, November 27, 2009

"How a man plays the game shows something of his character; how he loses shows all of it." Frosty Westering

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Don't get engrossed in things you have no control over or it will adversely affect the things you can control." quote- John Wooden

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Be an active participant in your own rescue."

Monday, November 23, 2009

"The unfortunate thing about the world is that good habits are much easier to give up than bad ones" -W. Somerset Maugham

Sunday, November 8, 2009

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
Robin Williams

Friday, November 6, 2009

Kaizen "Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless." - Bruce Lee

Thursday, November 5, 2009

"The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind." - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer-Thanks Jay!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Product review-New Myofascial Release Tool The Grid Great for Corrective Exercise! http://ericeard.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

"It's not where you start, but where you finish." April Heinrichs

Saturday, October 31, 2009

What would your life look like if you chose never to create drama-ever again-in anything you do?And instead simply acted from your truth?-JB

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Commitment is doing the thing you said you would do, long after the mood you said it in, has left you!" George Zalucki
Jerry Clark "Learn more about people than you do your product, and you will make millions!"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"I guess the time has come to stop thinking about what comes next and start acting on it."- Pam Shriver

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's that time of year again! Grading my students discussions!
"You can't stop at every dog that barks or you'll never get the mail delivered." -Phog Allen

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

updated my blog http://ericbeard.com (hint Toy Story)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.-Jim Rohn

Thursday, October 22, 2009

low shoulder on the dominant side?? http://ericbeard.com corrective exercise can help!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Winning is about heart, not just legs. It's got to be in the right place." Lance Armstrong
Fix your clam shells and strengthen your glute medius http://ericbeard.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Watching Goonies with my Godson
You are never really playing against your opponent. You are playing against yourself, your own highest standards (your own limits)- A.Ashe

Monday, October 19, 2009

"The team is the star; never an individual player." John Wooden

Friday, October 16, 2009

Done teaching Day 1 of NASM workshop in Boston, great group!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders." Vince Lombardi
My 3 year old "There's something wrong with the Trees! The leaves are falling off!" Never lose your sense of wonder and appreciation

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Deadline for 2010 Pursuit of Excellence in Health & Fitness award less than one month away. Apply through NASM: http://tinyurl.com/m9sp8v
I'm convinced that a team of good character will win close games and come through in the clutch and perform well in any circumstance. -T.B.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Did you see my week in review blog? http://ericbeard.com
Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it- Lou Holtz

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A video reminder to do our part, Pay It Forward, http://ping.fm/vsrtw

Friday, October 9, 2009

Whatever one believes to be true either is true or becomes true in the end- John Lilly

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

over $1,000 raised at the Zumba class for breast cancer awareness...great night, I am whipped!
Take care of yourself. Set Goals. Learn from experts. Share your wisdom, repeat and NEVER GIVE UP!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Your subconscious mind controls your conscious success. Take action, repeat, be tenacious and pour great stuff in and put better stuff out!

Monday, October 5, 2009

gearing up for the big breast cancer prevention and awareness fundraiser Wednesday night!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

You want to specialize in something until one day it specializes in you- Arthur Miller

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Excited for the workshop in NYC tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"When we get going to fast, we react instead of respond."-Richard Flint
"Boredom is knowing there is a better way and choosing not to do it." Richard Flint---I felt that one
"There are only 2 options regarding commitment. You're either in or you're out. There is no such thing as life in between." Pat Riley

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

uploading a corrective exercise / integration exercise for the shoulder complex / total body as I type!!!
interview by Dr. Defabio
http://ping.fm/9ZuFb
Sponsor me to help prevent breast cancer laugh at me doing Zumba I will video it for you! Fundraiser 10/7, $ to Mass Breast Cancer Coalition

Monday, September 28, 2009

Have you ever used "turtle creme"? New blog post http://ericbeard.com
"I skate to where toe puck is going to be, not to where it has been.'" Wayne Gretzky on...life or ice hockey?
how's your drinking water? http://ping.fm/kraeB

Sunday, September 27, 2009

slide board video for the upper body http://ping.fm/nYiDO
Finally home!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Flight delayed by 15 minutes...never a good sign with bad weather
Cool Lion in The Atl  Adjunct Faculty California University of Pennsylvania
Cool Lion in The Atl
Adjunct Faculty California University of Pennsylvania
Aloha and mahalo Atlanta! Another great workshop in the books. Time for some food and then my flight home. Smoothie King again???
Lunch break at NASM CPT in Atlanta...Smoothie King again!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

EricBeard.com Corrective Exercise and Success Blog

Hi guys!

I just wanted to make sure that you knew that I do most of my posting at EricBeard.com

I moved most of my content over there. You can visit for plenty of great videos and articles.

My You Tube channel has plenty of great FREE videos at YouTube.com/theericbeard

Thanks for reading and make a positive difference in someone's life today!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
AthleticShoulder.com
ericbeard.com

The Best Supplies in the Business

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"I hope that when I stop, people will think that somehow I mattered." Martina Navratalova

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Blog update, Fitter time? http://ericbeard.com

Monday, September 21, 2009

New video: Scapular Stabilizers on The Fitter http://tinyurl.com/kre93m
wife is torturing me with Dancing With The Stars again...
There are an infinite number of forces at work-for us and against us a well. Only when we understand these forces can we control our fate-GC

Sunday, September 20, 2009

NPH is getting robbed!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Nice work Ed Dale ! Your 30 Day challenge is solid!

Friday, September 18, 2009

The good thing about confidence is that you choose whether you're going to have it. Dr. Bob Rotella
I know this guy! http://tinyurl.com/ltxrnb
a great Chiropractor in New Jersey that uses the Overhead Squat and CES-Dr. Defabio
Does your scapulae wing??? The watch this serratus anterior strengthening video http://ericbeard.com

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events.-VL
a corrective exercise specialist knows...bacon???? nahhh...http://ericbeard.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

PRO is live!

NASM PRO is now HFPN go to http://hfpn.com/ and ENTER the code 12745 to join the A-team!!!

To join the A-team..enter 12745 when you are at step 4 under sponsor HFPN ID #...this is critical...if you miss this step, then you can't access the A-Team information!

Go to http://hfpn.com, click "go pro" green button on right, then click another Green "go pro button" on bottom right, fill out registration, at step 4 enter 12745 for sponsor HFPN ID A-team is live!!!

Thanks for reading!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
theericbeard.blogspot.com
www.ericbeard.com

The Best Supplies in the Business
NASM PRO is now HFPN go to http://hfpn.com and ENTER the code 12745 to join the A-team!!!
NASM PRO is now HFPN go to http://hfpn.com and ENTER the code 12745 to join the A-team!!!
Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.- Woody Hayes
My whole life my dream was to be part of something special I never had an interest in being a star. I just wanted to play on a great team-BW
members of the A-Team will have access to special webinars and information http://ping.fm/LhMKj to get on the VIP A-Team list!
NASM's long awaited web based platform is getting closer to launching keep your eyes and ears open because it is super-cool!
"Leaders are like eagles...they don't flock. You'll find them one at a time."- Knute Rockne

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

You will never achieve anything great in life unless you dare to believe that something insider you is bigger than circumstances you face

Monday, September 14, 2009

Blog post and video about my corner activations-pec minor stretch and posterior rotator cuff activation http://ericbeard.com

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Workshop in Denver done, great time, fun group! Now off Boulder to celebrate our anniversary with my wife! I love CO!!!
only 15 minutes left...http://ping.fm/3x8qr have a great night all!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Only 6 left...http://ping.fm/Vwgy8 sale ends tonight at midnight MST, when they go...they're gone!
Only 7 left at this price! http://ping.fm/GwJDK prom ends tonight at midnight MST since I'm in Denver

Thursday, September 10, 2009

new scap stabilizer video and Beyonce for you http://ping.fm/AGeIh
packing for Colorado...leave early, not much sleep, looking forwarding to teaching in Denver
4-3 loss tonight. We go into losers bracket then can win back up to championship game

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Only 8 "wedding anniversary" DVD sets left, save $, sale ends midnight Friday http://ping.fm/9SAGU
only 9 more chance left to save $354 http://ping.fm/AXBac before midnight Friday

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Corrective Exercise for The Shoulder Complex Just Changed Forever

Hi all,

As most of you know, I do most of my posting from ericbeard.com but I have been light on my posts lately because I have been slaving away on my biggest project to date! It is a 6 disc DVD series entitled Secrets and Staples of Training The Athletic Shoulder. Take a look at it at http://athleticshoulder.com.

Also, if you want a free video that touches on the importance of technique and corrective exercise for the rotator cuff then go to http://athleticshoulder.com and the video there will show you how to improve activation of the rotator cuff by up to 30%!

Thanks for reading!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
www.athleticshoulder.com
www.ericbeard.com

The Best Supplies in the Business

Monday, September 7, 2009

Be an active participant in your own rescue- Unknown

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My shoulder DVD series is finally live, YES!!! http://ping.fm/0x8WQ

Saturday, September 5, 2009

best Labor Day cookout today, they had a bouncy house and a slip and slide...yes I spent at least 30 minutes in each
I will share the URL address and what to expect as we get closer to the launch. Family time and BBQ to come first:)
A test video was posted inadvertently while working on my site. I am looking to go live late tonight baring any unforeseen circumstances

Friday, September 4, 2009

Want a CalU scholarship from NASM? http://ping.fm/M33bq

Thursday, September 3, 2009

planning our breast cancer awareness fundraiser for 10/7
Tony Robbins and Eben Pagen say multitasking decreases IQ...that must make me a moron lol!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

5th of 6 videos uploading to distribution company. Hope to go live with beta test of site/shoulder series this weekend

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

burning some CD's for my trip to China in November for the Chinese Tennis Association and the Swing for The Stars Program

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Yep...after about 10 years I am finally allergic to my cat's hair...
I need to figure out how to "close" or "finalize" my DVDs...any ideas???
I have had to convert the videos, burn them to DVDs and not I can not upload them to Kunaki
I had 3 graphics guys-1 from the Philipenes, 1 from Romania and one from Chicago help me...
it has been a long 37 hours trying to finish up this DVD series...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"How much does he gain, who learns when he loses" Italian Proverb
laid down some audio tracks for NASM's on-line platform, time fore some sleep early to rise for a kettlebell and corrective exercise wkshp

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

the science of motivation http://ping.fm/VPek2 watch this!!!
what a perfect summer day, sunny, warm almost no humidity...ahhhhhh

Monday, August 24, 2009

did you see my post on flip-flops and "strappy" sandals?? http://ericbeard.com
"The strength of the wolf is in the pack and the strength of the pack is in the wolf."- Rudyard Kipling- Who are you running with?
Patience?Who wants to hear that word?I"ll tell you this.If the only thing you think about is the future,it 's going to be somebody else's.JJ
"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender" Vince Lombardi
enjoying my buddy @chrismelton 's blog http://ping.fm/OusPC

Saturday, August 22, 2009

do you wear fli-flops or strappy sandals?? http://ericbeard.com/

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Persistence overcomes resistance, I will get it done regardless!
wow...the wireless connection is sssslllloooowwwwww here
Crowne Plaza not bad, not the newest rooms, but plenty of space, I could workout in here!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

great meeting with my team of trainers!
"Confidence is contagious...so is lack of confidence." Unknown
I win Delta! Thank you Keyshaun!
I will redeem my miles Delta! Just you wait and see!!!
Delta Airlines I am back...you are wining the online battle...your phone rep is making me work but I am determined!
still have my blogger blog...but http://ericbeard.com is where I put my content, anyone else keep an old blog going??

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Delta online you win this round...but I will be back!!!
delta online killing me...save me customer support! this is my third call to you!!!
verified by visa...help or a hinder???
Pitbulls win 10-1, great workout, ugly skate..fun with the boys though!
just sent some pics to the designer for the shldr manual, pick up the final edits of the dvd series this week, getting close!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

http://ping.fm/nAnrU I am glad we stopped at three kids
aweber live chat support worked well! thank you!
trying out aweber live chat support:)
new blog entry about the course I taught in MN, "The" Mall and the PGA championship (sort of!) http://ericbeard.com
"It's not do or die it's do or don't"- Merlene Otte...kind of like Yoda:)
4 things that cannot come back: a spoke word, a spent arrow, a past life and a neglected opportunity-Arabian Proverb-I add a published tweet
"Thinking about the devil is worse than seeing the devil."-Branch Rickey
"Success is never final and failure is never fatal"-Joe Paterno
I am bleary eyed...good night all!
have the email capture up on my home page...unfortunately the box pops up 5 times..hmmmm..will tackle that tomorrow! it works though!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

thank you aweber..great tech help!
hmmm..you think I would know my rss feed off the top of my head...
watching video on how to integrate my aweber with my wordpress
just updated my blog http://ericbeard.com topics No Tiger Woods but a shark in a giant mall

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I love the teaching the corrective exercise courses and certified personal trainer courses for different reasons, but love them both!
back to class!!!
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life - is the source from which self respect springs. - Joan Didion
Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale
It’s choice - not chance - that determines your destiny. - Jean Nidetch
Every man is the builder of a temple called his body. - Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, August 13, 2009

tying up loose ends at the club before I head to Minnesota to tech a workshop for@nasm The Essentials of Personal Training-I love MN!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

not about corrective exercise this time...http://ericbeard.com for a post on exercise and how it makes you fat, or is at least not important
The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse. - Jules Renard
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being,
while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. - Plato
Let me know what you think about these two short videos... http://ericbeard.com/ this is an important topic to all who value health
Eric Beard vs. Time Magazine http://ericbeard.com/
Exercise makes you fat? really? http://ericbeard.com/
Shaun or Keyshawn Johnson?? http://ping.fm/r6yNN funny!
Love this article about importance of the hip in the kinetic chain http://ping.fm/Bhq4O
Short read on Trigger Point Therapy http://ping.fm/8qmJR
Just gave some blood:) When is the last time you donated??? If you can donate, I know not everyone can, you could help save a life!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

fellow nerds and manual therapy fans go here http://ping.fm/LeEwx this is an RT from Bodhi Haraldsson, thanks Bodhi!!
#exercise is good for weight loss ---pass it on!!!!
Try putting down the magazine and being present during exercise, yes is is challenging, but it brings far greater rewards than the scale
Does skipping the whip cream at Starbucks make it easier to pick up your kids or your great grand kids?
Does strength training improve bone density?
Does strength training improve lipid profiles?
Yes diet is important, but since we do not all live in Manhattan or on Country Lane in Wisconsin, many people need to contrive activity
#1 killer in the US is heart disease, #2 is stroke both can be prevented with exercise...did Time Magazine think of that?
I still can't get over the fact that obesity (not caused by genetic factors) is a DISEASE, a life style disease...
Center for Disease Control and prevention says leisure time activities have decreased since 1980
?Once kids get home, if they were active in school, [they probably will slow down b/c] they have already expended so much energy-Plymouth UK

Is Exercise for Weight Loss Really Pointless? - ABC News

Link

Monday, August 10, 2009

Carpe diem! http://ping.fm/ULRFy Dead Poets Society Outtake!
Are you serious? Exercise does not help lose weight? http://ping.fm/o51st what about LBM???
Is this article about weight loss and exercise helpful or harmful? http://ping.fm/qEGx9

Friday, August 7, 2009

time for some ZZZZZssss good night!!!
hey Ping! You updating my facebook???
Made it to NYC after a presentation for the Branford Hall Career Institute in CT. CES in NYC tomorrow:)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Off to CT then NYC tomorrow night for presentations!
Ping.fm has taken my forever to set up...but almost done!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Corrective Exercise and "The Sitck" for Your Neck?

I was asked yesterday about this technique for the cervical spine. Do you think it is a good idea?

I answered by video on my website http://ericbeard.com

Thanks for reading!


Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
theericbeard.blogspot.com
www.ericbeard.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Corrective exercise for Strongmen? at Least Teach Them How To Squat!

My friend Jason Nunn of Nunn's Performance Training and http://nunnstronger.com asked me if I had read the article in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research "Comparison of Different Strongman Events: Trunk Muscle Activation and Lumbar Spine Motion, Load and Stiffness" by Stuart McGill, Art McDermott and Chad M.J. Fenwick . My answer was "no" but sounded interesting and would check it out. I did and this post is inspired by my reading as well as some of my teaching.

The rest of this post is continued at http://ericbeard.com/archives/2009/07/the-elite-strongmen-know-how-to-disassociate-squat-and-yes-do-their-corrective-exercise/

Thanks for reading!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
theericbeard.blogspot.com
nasmproateam.blogspot.com
www.ericbeard.com

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Corrective Exercise for Hamstring Tightness? YES!! And the #1 thing not to do for most tight hamstrings...

Here are two good videos for clients, parents and friends.


The first is solutions for hamstring tightness and the second...(hint...DO NOT DO THOSE STRETCHES!)..try an integrated approach and corrective exercise! Psoas, hip flexors and calves should be looked at!!!!
...the second is a brief introduction to foam rolling/myofascial release
Thanks for reading!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
theericbeard.blogspot.com
http://www.ericbeard.com/

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How to Spot Tightness in the Adductor Magnus

Did you see my video about spotting tightness in the adductor magnus?

Internal hip rotation is extremely important during functional movements like; squatting, walking, lunging and running. When the hip does not rotate internally like it should, there can be increased strain on the sacro-illiac joint and even cause low back tightness. If left unchecked, an overactive adductor magnus can cause tightness in the hip capsule and further restrict motion at the hip causing stress to the knee (especially in closed chain positions). Not good!

I will add more on my site http://ericbeard.com on this topic ...I am in the process of switching over all of my new entries to that site once i work out a few small bugs. My library of blogs is on there now. So if you want to peruse any of the 125 plus entries for FREE just visit http://ericbeard.com and use the search function to look up a topic.

Here is the video about spotting adductor magnus tightness...

http://youtube.com/theericbeard

Thanks for watching!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
http://theericbeard.blogspot.com
http://nasmproateam.blogspot.com
http://ericbeard.com
http://twitter.com/ericbeard
http://youtube.com/ericbeard

Friday, July 3, 2009

Glute Medius Activation for Corrective Exercise

Hi guys and gals!

I have moved all of my content to http://ericbeard.com so if you are looking for any of the

archived entries, please visit ericbeard.com

I will have the story that goes with this video there...and I think the video works better without my head...how about you?

video

Thanks for watching!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
theericbeard.blogspot.com
http://ericbeard.com

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Correct Breathing Patterns During Exercise


To breathe or not to breathe, that is the question!

Actually the question is "when" to breathe or "how" to breathe. The standard recommendation is to inhale during the eccentric phase (EP) of the repetition and exhale during the concentric phase (CP) of the repetition. Not bad general advice, but when you are working with a beginner just getting them to inhale and exhale during strength training is a victory, period.

Making sure that one does not hold their breath, especially during maximal lifts, is critical. There may be some benefits to inhaling during the eccentric phase (EP) of a repetition and exhaling during the concentric phase (CP) during strength training, but I believe you have to address this before you put a weight in some one's hand.

I often times begin with a "breathing test" to assess function of inspiration and expiration.



Short 1 minute 32 second video of a breathing test here...

video
(WOW! What a goofy still shot! lol)

I teach clients the importance of proper breathing patterns (more on this another time but activation of deep intrinsic stabilizers and relaxation of global musculature) and the drawing in maneuver.

NOT THE VACUUM POSE!



You can get fancy with alternating nostril breathing techniques and such..

..which is great, it just depends how thorough you want to be.

Just enough to get this to happen...


...and get these working together



Negative impact of not breathing? Well, yes, death...



...but increased arterial pressure (good old valsalva!) is a significant concern among the general fitness client and even amongst elite level power lifters and Olympic weightlifters performing max efforts lifts. So breathing consistently and comfortably are hugely important but the inhale on the EP and exhale on the CP may actually provide a better mechanical platform for us to produce force from and keep our spine and accessory structures (from discs to ribs).*for more on this see Chaitow and McConnell below...

We know that if we do not provide the necessary oxygen to working muscles, their performance will suffer. We also know that specific muscles can be conditioned...or deconditioned...so a deconditioned diaphragm may rob oxygen (Robin Hood Effect) from the larger muscles during athletic activity and negatively impact performance.

Breathing can be complicated when you peel back the layers.

I learned about four different types of breathing from Scott Sonnan
1) Normal volume(clavicular)-talking volume
2) Complementary volume (intercostal)-medium intensity exercise breathing
3) Supplementary volume (diaphragmatic)-high intensity level exhales
4) Residual (reserve)-which we have unless a lung is punctured or we expire

So..learn to breathe, learn to breathe while activating the core stabilizers and then learn to inhale during he Eccentric Phase and exhale during the Concentric Phase.

For some more reading on breathing...

By Leon Chaitow from Massage and Body Work Magazine. Click the link below

http://leonchaitow.com/PDFs/UnderstandingBreathing_MNB_JJ_07.pdf

More from Chaitow on breathing and back pain

http://leonchaitow.com/PDFs/pdfBackPainAndBreathing.pdf


Alison K McConnell, BSc, MSc, PhD, FACSM has a great piece on breathing and performance if you want to sink your teeth into something.

http://www.concept2.co.uk/training/breathing.php

Harms et al's work "Effects of Respiratory Work on Exercise Performance" is worth the once over as well.

There are many other experts to read to deepen your understanding of a complex but seemingly simple subject, but I hope this helps!

Thanks for reading and watching!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
theericbeard.blogspot.com
www.ericbeard.com