Biomechanical Breathing Match

One of the biggest lessons I took away from my RKC weekend was how powerful your breathing can be. By learning how to connect your breathing to your movements you increase your power, efficiency and endurance. Everything starts with your breathing so learning how to use it properly during exercise is very important.

There are two basic types of breathing – 1) Rhythmic/ Ballistic that you would use for swings and snatches and 2) High Tension/ Grinding that you would use for squatting and presses. Here is video showing you the difference in these types of breathing and how to connect them to your movements.

Please note that this advice is only for those of you who have a clean bill of health. If you have any cardiac problems please talk to your doctor before trying to apply this advice.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Paul says:

    I’d be keen to listen in and watch but I think the link is broken…

    Reply • June 9 at 7:54 pm
    • bikejames says:

      What browser are you using? I’ve a few people mention that the videos don’t play but I’m using Firefox and it seems to work. Just curious if there is something technical on my end I need to look at…

      Reply • June 10 at 10:05 am
  2. to says:

    It’s a youtube video. Just google “youtube bio-mechanical breathing for increased power”

    Reply • June 9 at 10:39 pm
  3. M. Griffin says:


    This is a great post. In fact my friends and I were just talking about the importance of breathing properly when we ride. Our discussion was about our tendency to hold our breath on short steep climbs (high tension activity). Do you have any advice on how to apply these two techniques to various riding scenarios.


    Reply • June 10 at 4:46 am
  4. to says:

    I actually love this post. I am riding like a freaking animal.

    Reply • June 10 at 9:23 pm

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