Mistake: Inhaling while you lift
Manifestations: Feeling of fighting yourself instead of the weight; lift feels more grind than push; lightheadedness during lift
One Stop Fix: Big nasal breath in before lift, fill chest and diaphragm with air, pushing out against the sides of the belt if you are wearing one. Exhale at the top of the lift and reset breath between reps.
Chalk: Breath is force and breath is support. A diaphragm full of air acts as created tension against which the push, pull, or squat of the lift enacts while also providing a pneumatic brace around the spine to buttress the low back. Want strong abs? Squat, press, and pull heavy with proper breath control.