The Warhorse On Ice: Power Without Performance!

What is performance breathing and what can it do for you? Also, find out the six primary protocols of performance breathing...

Near the close of the 19th Century, Russian Physiologist Verigo and Dutch Scientist Bohr independently discovered that without CO2, oxygen remains bound to hemoglobin, unreleased and incapable of being utilized by our tissues.

As a result there is an oxygen deficiency in tissues such as our brain, kidneys and heart, as well as a significant increase in our blood pressure.

Over-Breathing: The Hyperventilation Feedback Loop

Russian and former Soviet research, by men like Dr. V. Frolov, Dr. K. Buteyko and Prof. R. Strelkov (Frolov, Endogenous Breathing) surmised that deep breathing serves as the root cause of many illnesses. Deep-breathers suffer from O2 starvation and so they "over-breathe" which begins the cycle called the Hyperventilation Feedback Loop.

Over-Breathing: Notice how a person holding his breath becomes increasingly hyperactive. Over time the level of CO2 increases dramatically causing the rapid consumption of O2.

This hyperactivity continues until syncope (unconsciousness) ? a method used in martial arts to expedite strangulation techniques. The cause of O2 deficiency is not due to the lack of O2 presence, but by the lack of CO2 retention.

Hypoxia vs. Hypercapnia

Over-breathing causes O2 deficiency. If we breathe too much, we have less O2 in our body.

Two Methods Of Breathing Developed From This Understanding:

  1. Hypoxic (or lowered oxygen count)
  2. Hypercapnic (or saturated with carbonic gas) breathing

Dr. Vladimir Frolov (Endogenous Respiration) concluded from his research that both methods intend the same goal but achieve it through different means:

  • Buteyko achieved positive results raising the concentration of carbonic gas in the lungs. Strelkov, in turn, obtained the identical result by lowering the oxygen content in the lungs.

  • The paradox solves itself if we compare oxygen concentrations in both methods. It turned out that what united them was an approximately identical hypoxia regime (lower oxygen content).

Power vs. Performance

For general training, the conventional method of breathing entails the Power Breathing Technique: This hypoxic method was researched by a Russian scientist Professor R. Strelkov and was propagated by Pavel Tsatsouline in the West. Power increases immediately, but fine and complex motor skills such as in any physical activity suffer.

"With a different method, the results come and eventually exceed those of Power pundits, without imperiling your health. However, to do this, you need to allow your breathing to be produced by your structure and movement."

Urgency demands immediate performance increases, such as with military and law enforcement personnel. Some people choose immediate results over longevity due to the short career window of professional sports. When you do, you choose to results by shaving a few minutes off the end of your life.

I coined this technique - Performance Breathing? Technique: A hypercapnic method was researched by Russian scientist Dr. K. Buteyko, modified by Alexander Retuinskih, founder of the ROSS Training System and Distinguished Coach of Russia (the highest award in physical culture in Russia), and expanded through research and implementation by yours truly over the past decade.

The Six Primary Protocols Of Performance Breathing

[ 1 & 2 ]

    On compression, allow a passive exhale; on expansion, allow a passive inhale. Notice I wrote "allow" ? not create - not an ACTIVE breath. This is what I mean by calling my one video course on the topic Be Breathed. I did not call it Start Breathing nor did I name it Learn to Breath more effectively.

    I didn't even call it Breathe! Your goal is to Be Breathed by the motion of your movement and structure. As you bend over, a natural compression forces the air out of your lungs. As you stand back straight, the air naturally sucks back into your lungs as your thoracic cavity opens.

[ 3 & 4 ]

    Exhale actively on effort; inhale passively when relaxing from the effort. Do not create intra-cerebral pressure. No red faces! You should be able to carry on a conversation while using Performance Breathing?.

[ 5 ]

    Perform fine & complex motor skills at the end of the exhalation, before inhalation. This is called the Control Pause ? the moment when your body is at the most complete rest possible (from a mechanical perspective. Ultimately, the Control Pause also happens in between heart beats.)

[ 6 ]

    Extend the Control Pause in order to maximize oxygen delivery and ability to function under stress, especially fine and complex motor skills. With Performance Breathing?, your most skilled goals occur at the end of the exhale.

    This is when your Body-Flow? is most in sync with the environment, like an archer shooting an arrow, a painter placing brush to canvas, or a martial artist letting fly a fist. Since activity occurs at the end of an exhalation, you perform with optimal function.

No Breathing Technique Is Inviolable!

Responsibly incorporate all technical points: proper movement nuances, proper structural alignment, and proper breathing. Dr. Vladimir Frolov (Endogenous Respiration) writes that,

Scientists believe the key to understanding what health is lies with longevity. It is said, "the one who lives longest feels better."

YOU decide which method you use. Your body is your God-given gift. Treat it as you would treat your Church. Act responsibly with your health. You are responsible.

Performance Breathing? balances health and performance, which should be your default setting. Unless your life or career is on the line, go with Performance Breathing?. You'll feel better, you'll tap into your Body-Flow?, and eventually you'll exceed in results as well as in age, your breath-holding counter-parts.

Basically, Performance Breathing? is for, by, and of PERFORMANCE. You cannot be a marksman with Power Breathing, nor an archer, nor an efficient fighter. You can't do Power Breathing and paint, drive your car, negotiate in the board room, fix an engine, catch a ball, ride a wave, or play with your child.

Increasing blood pressure and heart rate, switching blood volume to large muscles (decreasing digital dexterity), significantly diminishes and prohibits accuracy and precision. Performance Breathing? however, approximates the gains, and through practice exceeds the gains of Power Breathing. More importantly not only does Performance Breathing? not adversely affect, but it greatly improves performance and health.

Performance Breathing? is actually quite simple, though it becomes sophisticated in application... without the user's intentional use since it causes a change in respiratory efficiency.

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