Creating inter-abdominal pressure is a key component of holding a rigid fixed position of the spine while lifting loads. The Valsalva maneuver is an essential breathing technique when lifting heavy. Here is a brief overview of what the Valsalva maneuver is:
The Valsalva Maneuver is any attempt to exhale with the mouth and nose closed. Named after the Italian physician and anatomist, Antonio Maria Valsalva (1666-1723), it is also known as Valsalva's Test and Valsalva's Method.
The maneuver is commonly used during some activities:
* Straining to have a bowel movement
* Blowing a stuffy nose
* Certain medical tests or exams
* As a pressure equalization technique by scuba divers, sky divers and airplane passengers
The effect is a drastic increase in the pressure within the thoracic cavity. The Valsalva maneuver is performed by forcible exhalation against a closed airway, usually done by closing one's mouth and pinching one's nose shut. A modified version is done by expiring against a closed glottis.
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10 rounds of 10 thruster(95)/ 10 ring pushups:
Rope climb x2
10 clap pushups
10 hang power cleans 155
10 wall ball
10 cal on row
20 min for rounds: 5 rounds
Box jumps for height
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