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Discovery Special: New Training??

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Oct 2, 2003
I watched the Discovery special with Streeter and noticed that she was having the guy perform weighted excercies, such as leg extensions, while holding his breath.
This makes sense, but havent ever heard anybody talk about that technique on deeperblue. Anybody ever tried this? Any insight on this technique?

This is an old method that comes from Rudi Castineyra's training program, which he taught to Tanya around '97.
Pippin was also very keen on apnea weight lifting.

As much respect as I have for Tanya (and I have a lot) I fail to see what value this has to no limits......I'm sure Paul S will argue the benefits for variable.....and he could be right. :)

I for one will never do it given the incident of a weight lifter bursting the capillaries in his eyes at Melb Uni going for a PB bench press while holding his breath forcefully. This maybe just myth and I was not there but the source was credible enough for me to always exhale on weight lifting efforts as most people/coaches recommend,

It might make more sense with high reps low weights

I've played around with hypoxic weight training, doing hamstring exercises. The results were pleasing in a way that I cannot precisely quantify --- I found that lactic acid buildup came later and was more tolerable during a dive, but it didn't seem to affect the breath hold itself very much.

My usual routine at the time (I trained this way about twice a week for maybe two and a half months) was to follow a 2-minute breathup with 40 apneic reps at 60 lbs on one of these leg-curling machines. The weight itself wasn't too much of a strain, probably a bit more so than an actual dive. I agree with Andy that it makes more sense to do many reps with low weights, but how much weight is appropriate? Does anybody have an idea of the amount of force required to push a stiff fin through the water?

From what I've been reading lately, repping about 30% of your max lift.
a buddy of mine is very big on fitness and said to get the most out of the exercise don't lift untill your'e first contraction. anybody know why?
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