By DAN WIMPHY, Associated PressBANGOR, Maine (AP) The bench press is a favorite exercise among fitness enthusiasts, but some who have found success are using it to boost their own strength.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Jeff Miller, a former college wrestler and Olympic lifter, said he was inspired by his bench press breathing to try it out.
His wife, Beth, said her husband has also found success by inhaling a breath-holding technique, which involves exhaling quickly and quickly taking in a small amount of air while breathing in through a mouthpiece.
Miller, 45, said his wife, who was born with a congenital heart condition, had been able to gain 20 pounds of muscle over the last three years and even have some of her ribs strengthened.
She said he has done the exercise more often than he ever had before, and has found that breathing in while breathing out helps him focus.
“I’ve never really been able be so focused on my work and I don’t think I’ve ever been that focused on what I need to be focused on,” Miller said.
“It’s been really helpful to me in terms of motivation.”
The practice, called “exhaling and exhaling,” involves inhaling quickly while exhaling slowly, and is a relatively simple way to build muscle without the need for a breath mask or oxygen.
Miller’s practice of breathing in for a few seconds before exhaling to focus is similar to what’s used in exercise science to improve endurance.
Miller said the technique has also helped him build a new strength-training goal.
“My goal is to get a lot of bench press press strength,” he said.
“I’d like to do a lot more bench press strength.
I feel like I’ve been doing it for a while.
I think I’m a lot stronger than I was last year, so I’m going to try to go back and do a little more bench pressing strength this year.”
That’s the goal.
“Beth Miller, who has also trained with the Olympic-style powerlifter, said she and her husband have been using the breathing technique in conjunction with a regular training program to help them keep their shoulders strong.
Beth said her father, a retired military captain, once told her that if he had only worked out once a week, he could never be strong enough to take on the world.BETH MCCLURE, AP health reporter: “The powerlifts used to have to sit and work out at the same time and you had to get out and do it in a couple of days, and then come back to it at the end of the week.
Now you can do it all at once.
“If you have the power, you’re going to be able to lift more weight than if you only work out once or twice a week.”
And you’re not going to have as much fatigue, so you’re just going to do better.
“Theres a lot going on, but it’s all pretty straightforward, and I think that’s what keeps people motivated and makes it so rewarding.”MICHELLE ROGERS: “We were never very athletic.
And when you do something to make you feel good, it makes you want to do it again and again.
We wanted to do something that would help our body recover from the trauma that we had during the Iraq War, so we were looking for ways to increase our strength and our endurance.”
We wanted to see if it could be a safe, simple way for us to train, so that when we got back, we would be able better prepare for the next fight, and our body would be stronger and we’d be more able to fight for our country.”JENNIFER LYNCH, AP reporter: When I first started reading about the exercise, I had no idea what it was, and so I was skeptical about it.
But it just kind of happened.
I had a friend who was a little bit stronger than me and I had this idea that I should just try it and see what happens.”
This is really the first time I’ve seen this type of thing on a daily basis, and it was kind of amazing how quickly it happened.
It felt like a natural part of my training, so it just made sense.”MICHAEL KATZ, AP sports writer: He was really just the type of guy who was kind, caring, caring about the people that he worked with.
And that’s one of the things that was really important to me about this whole thing was that he was kind to me and he was good to me, and he didn’t judge me on my ability to lift.
He just gave me his honest opinion.
And it was a great thing.