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Why shouldn't I hold my breath while lifting weights?

Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Blood pressure increases during weight training, especially during the negative phase of a repetition (when the muscle elongates). You should never hold your breath while lifting weights, which can lead to dangerously high blood pressure. Exhale during the negative phase; and inhale during the positive phase.
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Proper breathing is essential to a safe and successful exercise routine. When we exercise, our blood pressure is elevated. If you hold your breath during exercise then your blood pressure may rise to an unsafe level. Be sure to breathe out when exerting yourself.

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