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of Breathing (Introduction)
Did you know that it costs energy to breathe? On reflection, you know this must
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
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