Train harder on land...You'll see results in the water.

Train harder on land…You’ll see results in the water. Photo: The Gypsea Files


The Inertia

Whether you’re a runner, biker, swimmer, surfer or just want to get in shape, it seems breathing and lung capacity have so much to do with how well you perform. Recently I was blown away by what I learned from Nam Baldwin, creator of BREATH ENHANCEMENT TRAINING. I love what he does, and I found that completing his pool training programs really improved my surfing. I highly recommend Nam for in-depth breath training!

Back at home, I started to play with different ways of challenging my lung capacity through land training. I tried to understand what worked for me and if I could challenge my respiratory system in different ways.

We like to think of cardio as the “sweating” type of exercise, but I like to think of it as the “deep breathing” type of exercise. In other words, it’s one of the best ways to build your heart strength and improve your lung capacity. Naturally, I looked to running because it’s one the most well known forms of cardio. I decided to have a play and see how well my body could function off less oxygen on land. Try this drill next time you want to challenge yourself and test your limits while improving your body’s oxygen efficiency.

 

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STAGE 1

 

PHASE 1

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Comfortable Walk -10 meters on One Breath

(Repeat X5)

Take 1-minute rest to relax and steady breathing between each lap

 

PHASE 2

Comfortable Jog – 10 meters on One Breath

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(Repeat X5)

Take 1-minute rest to relax and steady breathing between each lap

 

PHASE 3

Comfortable Run – 10 meters on One Breath

(Repeat X5)

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Take 1-minute rest to relax and steady breathing between each lap

 

If you’ve never done anything like this before and you wish to take it further, its better to complete one stage per day rather than lumping them all together.  Try the following stages as listed below –

 

** Stage 2 – Repeat each Phase with variables of 15 meters & only 45sec rest in between.

** Stage 3 – Repeat each Phase with variables of 20 meters & only 30sec rest in between.

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** Stage 4 – Repeat each Phase with variables of 25 meters & only 15sec rest in between.

** Stage 5 – Repeat each Phase with variables of 30 meters & only ONE BREATH cycle in between.

Photo: @littlebantamsurftrainer

Photo: @littlebantamsurftrainer

 

Don’t forget to check out the LITTLE BANTAM FACEBOOK PAGE and follow me on Instagram @littlebantamsurftrainer for daily surf fitness inspiration! For more from Elise check out surfstyletraining.com.au

Note: this content was originally written for and published by The Gypsea Files. Visit TGF for more fitness and health tips.

 

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