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Breathing during intense exercise

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I've been following Mark's primal blueprint for exercise for 4 months now and I've made some great progress over that time. The issue now is breathing during the intense workouts (sprinting and what not). I feel like I could push my muscles much harder I just can't seem to keep up with my oxygen needs. Is this something that's just going to come with time or is there something that I can focus on to move this along?

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on November 19, 2012
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No pain or anything like that. I just noticed that fitness gains have outpaced the breathing gains.

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Wow, legit fantastic answer, Poop Master MC.

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on November 18, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Yes it will improve over time but not in weeks you have to think longer term.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VO2_max

This is why intervals are popular as an training method by regularly going into oxygen debt (insufficient amount to maintain the intensity) you gradually increase your VO2 whereas if you just kept to a comfortable level of intensity all the time you wouldn't enjoy those gains.

As far as focusing on something imo just focus on spending time outside of the comfort zone, keep doing what you are doing. Over a period of months you will see some real improvement.

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on November 18, 2012
at 06:07 PM

Wow, legit fantastic answer, Poop Master MC.

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on November 18, 2012
at 06:04 PM

The fact that your lungs can't seem to keep up with the high intensity of your exercises is typically a good sign if you're looking to improve health markers such as vo2 max. But if it's uncomfortable in any way you might want to see your doctor, do you have asthma or something? Typically though, when I really push myself doing HIIT or somethign equivelant, I build up an oxygen debt where I'm breathing hard for the next 30-45 seconds after I go back to low intensity (standing/walking).

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on November 19, 2012
at 01:52 PM

No pain or anything like that. I just noticed that fitness gains have outpaced the breathing gains.

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