Stan Guest, P.T., O.C.S., F.A.A.O.M.P.T.
Fast Friday - Does Filling Oneself with Hot Air Make One Faster?
Yes! If done properly...
To run faster, you should feel that your body is displaced forward as you inhale and exhale. An inhale should cause a lateral expansion of the ribs which lifts the chest upward and forward. The exhale should involve a strong push from the lower abdominals which will create a forward pull upon the upper body. Try standing in a race starting position, and inhale strongly through the nose. The resistance of the air as it passes through the sinus should facilitate a rise of the ribs and contraction of the diaphragm. Can you feel the forward displacement of your weight? Exhale through pursed lips (like blowing through a straw) to engage the lower abdominals. This should again give you a sense of forward displacement.