Thursday, August 9

I saw a the post below from James Newbury after the marathon row at the CrossFit Games, and he says that he did 98% of it only breathing through his nose. Now, I've been following the breathing stuff more and more recently, but I had not dug into the benefits of nasal only breathing. Although, when I first heard about it a few years ago I did a WOD only breathing nasally just to test it. 

I thought it was just about pacing. I thought nasal breathing would automatically slow me down and keep me from going out too hard. It did that, and I liked it, except for all of the mucus. 

But, after seeing James' post, I figured there must be more to this nasal only thing. Turns out, there is.

Here's a quick blog post from Brian MacKenzie, who the Games athletes all credit for teaching them to nose breath - including the champ Tia Claire Toomey. Nose breathing cleans the air, moisturizes the air, puts your head in a better position, keeps you from over breathing, keeps you relaxed, and more. 

I am looking forward to learning more about nasal breathing and trying it on some longer endurance work. I've read that the more you do it the better you'll get, even if you feel like you can't breathe well through your nose right away.

Anyway, if these elite athletes are using this technique to row for three hours, there must be something too it. I'll share as I learn more, and hopefully you'll give it a try too!

Workout for Thursday, August 9
Every 1:30 for 15 min (10 rds)
1 Snatch
*Build Up in Weight with Good Reps

12 min AMRAP
5 - 10 - 15 - 20
Overhead Squat (95/65)
Run 1 Lap
*If round of 20 is complete, start back at 5 OHS*

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