Athletes know that their training must include developing powerful breathing ability.  Inhalation of oxygen and especially exhaling carbon dioxide requires a strong diaphragm muscle.  With their aggressive training programs, athletes achieve this ability.   However, conscious breathing exercises is not often practiced by athletes.  It is a critical part of the success of any athlete because it not only strengthens the diaphragm but also frees the athlete from stressful feelings of fear of loss and any other emotional blockages from the past.   Conscious Mindful Breathing, done during and also in between training sessions, helps athletes maximize their performance. Ideally, this breathing technique becomes a habitual 24-7 activity which improves all aspects of your life.

The team that is educated about their breathing and its impact on performance and are able to recognize and control the own arousal states is the team that is going to be most successful.  Using breathing relaxation skills can improve your state of mind, both on and off the playing field, if you learn and hone these skills.” - Karlene Sugarman, Professor in the Sport and Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University. 

"Athletes who want to take their game to another level, can be trained to think positively by removing doubt and fear of performance by simply learning to breath properly. Deep breathing ensures tour body is getting enough oxygen to work at an optimal level.  Focusing on rhythmic breathing patterns will also cause relaxation" - National Academy of Sports Medicine 

An effective breathing technique has a dramatic effect on an athlete’s physiology, his/her internal state (relaxation) and ultimately on their performance.  By using the Diaphragmatic Breathing Technique, an athlete learns to control the inhalation & exhalation process of the breathing action.  Correct breathing leads to: more energy for the body, more energy for the working muscles and a better metabolic action at the cellular level, a positive mental state and a relaxed state which can enable a superior performance to be achieved.” - Coach Shev Gul, California Swimming Clinic, London UK.

Fastest Men in the World

Last Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2016, Usain Bolt ran the 100m dash in 9.81 seconds to win the gold metal as the fastest man on earth.

Justin Gatlin came in 2nd at a time of 9.89 seconds, while Andre De Grasse came in 3rd at a time of 9.91 seconds.

The time from 9.81 to 9.91 is the difference of 1/10th of a second, which doesn't seem much, but we ask you to take a very close look at Mr. Bolt's and Mr. De Grasse's vastly different facial expressions as they are close to the finish line.  Although the photos are not the clearest, it is clear to see the different expressions on their faces.

Mr. Bolt's face, when looking at his relatively relaxed facial expression, you'll notice that his cheeks are totally filled with air, which we believe indicates that he has full control of his Conscious Mindful Breathing, as compared to Mr. De Grasse's painful expression and collapsed cheeks of agony, a sign of not fully engaging the diaphragm to the end.

The smile on Mr. Bolt's face clearly indicates his joy and happiness in winning.  However, we believe it also shows that he has learned how to neutralize his negative emotional feelings including his fear of loss, by making sure his diaphragm is fully engaged in his greatest moment of need.

We believe if Mr. De Grasse learns how to balance his phrenic nervous system by fully engaging his diaphragm via Conscious Mindful Breathing which will liberate him from possible deep seated emotional blockages, he will be able to shave off much more than 1/10th of a second the next time he runs the 100m and become the fastest man on earth with a smile on his face.

We can teach anyone who wants to excel in their sport of choice, be it individual, group or team. Call us and let's talk.

The Dolly Lammy was created to serve as a visual cue to remember Conscious Mindful Breathing.