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Should you inhale or exhale while lifting, or it doesn't matter how you do it?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine

In brief: Weight lifting

It does not matter a lot whether you inhale or exhale, but most people find that taking a deep breath and expanding the chest fully gives a better base for their arm and shoulder muscles to work during the lift.
That is, in anticipation of a lift, most people naturally take a deep breath in, do the lift, and then breathe out as soon as the lift is accomplished.

In brief: Weight lifting

It does not matter a lot whether you inhale or exhale, but most people find that taking a deep breath and expanding the chest fully gives a better base for their arm and shoulder muscles to work during the lift.
That is, in anticipation of a lift, most people naturally take a deep breath in, do the lift, and then breathe out as soon as the lift is accomplished.
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