Monday, August 13

We've got a bunch of teams competing this weekend in the Babes and Bros competition at CrossFit Grand Rapids. I'm sure they'd love your support if you can make it down to cheer them on!

A quick update on the nasal breathing post from last week. I did Friday's workout only breathing in and out of my nose. The hardest part may just be actively holding my mouth shut, but it definitely taught me a few things. 

One, you can not shallow breath through your nose. As soon as my heart rate got high and I started taking quick, shallow breaths, my nasal passages closed right up. I almost panicked because I did about 10 double unders without getting any air. I stopped, figured out what was going on and got back to breathing properly with my diaphragm. 

Nasal breathing may not be the best way to do a short, sprint workout. You're probably using stored sugar for energy in a workout like this, so you don't need to worry as much about efficient oxygen use like a longer aerobic event. Although, efficient oxygen use for energy is always a plus.

Before the workout (and seemingly all the time) my nasal passages seemed slightly congested. After, I felt super opened up and loved it. 

It helped me pace, but again, I think I could have gone faster had a switched to some mouth breathing at certain points. Felt great for the first two rounds though.

I had one other person try it, just on the kettlebell swings because that movement give her trouble with breathing and heart rate. She completed the first set of 50 swings no problem, without a major spike or redlining. She looked at me and said "game changer!"

There's no right or wrong here, but it is always valuable to try new things. Who knows what may work best for you if you never try? 

Workout for Monday, August 13
For Time:
Run 400m
55 Deadlifts (225/155)
Run 400m
55 Wall Balls (20# to 10' / 14# to 9')
Run 400m
55 Calorie Row
Run 400m
55 HSPU (scale with HR Push Ups)

*25 min Cap*

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