Breathing to Keep Yourself Safe during a Kettlebell Routine - dummies

Breathing to Keep Yourself Safe during a Kettlebell Routine

By Sarah Lurie

Part of Kettlebells For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Breathing plays an essential role in keeping you safe when you’re using kettlebells. To breathe correctly during a kettlebell routine, you need to know how to tighten your abdominal muscles. Try this simple exercise to master the art of tightening your abs:

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, your weight on your heels, your spine tall, and your arms down at your sides.

  2. Have a partner pretend to throw a punch at your stomach.

    What was your reaction? If you tightened your abs as a reflex, you braced yourself for the punch.

  3. Try to initiate tightening your abs on your own without your partner’s help; as you do, place your hand on your stomach — it should expand as you brace your abs.

If you do this exercise correctly, you should feel not only your abs tighten, but your pelvic region as well. This type of tightening is what you want to feel with each inhale you take while doing your kettlebell workouts. By bracing your abs and breathing correctly during your kettlebell workouts, you protect your spine and give your body the oxygen it needs to achieve optimal performance and burn fat.