Being the guy that teaches people to breathe isn’t very exciting, and nobody is really that excited to hear you talk or to come to your station at the seminar. I still don’t understand what is so sexy and alluring about coming up with fancy ways to stretch, but when you tell them that they are going to breathe and brace until they are drenched in sweat and their abs are shaking, nobody cares…. That is, until they do it a couple of times. Then, being the guy that teaches people to breathe and move can be quite exhausting.
“What Ryan taught me about how to properly breathe and get tight, changed my powerlifting career!”-Brandon Lilly
Breathing is your first functional movement, and it is the first thing that you do when you begin any other movement. If you aren’t doing it right, then you are doing everything in your life wrong. Notice that I didn’t say that you are lifting wrong, well, you are lifting wrong, but what I am saying is that you are living your life wrong…. The thing is that nearly everyone has some sort of dysfunctional pattern, or at least can stand to strengthen the pattern.
When you use a proper and full breathing cycle your push your spine into the correct position, lock your hips into place, and expand your ribs to give your shoulders a little room to work. It literally clears up 90% of the most common “mobility” issues that people come to me with. When people come to us, we start by fixing the breathing and then just learning to move with these full Breaths/braces. So much changes when you learn to create proper stability that you don’t need nearly as much stretching as people think. In this short session we go over some of the very basics. These are the things that you should master, the things that your should force your clients to master before you allow them to do anything else. It is very simple, but the rewards are immense.
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