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    Is it ok to count reps instead of exhaling when lifting the next rep?

    It is universal across health experts and workout books that exhaling during the strenuous part of an exercise to avoid injuring the body and to make it easier to perform the exercise. Everything I seen from youtube videos to Arnold Schwarzenegger's books state the emphasize of exhaling. This is particularly true in weightlifting where as you lift up the object it is essential to have exhalation as part of your workout because you might really injure yourself from the stress.

    However as I start benchpressing with heavy barbells its very difficult to keep counts of my reps. In fact a few time as I pushup the barbell while I'm counting, I notice saying the next rep as I do the lifting up process does all the same exact stuff exhaling does. Not only do I feel less strained and feel it much easier to carry the barbell up saying the rep than not exhaling or saying anything at all, but I feel many of the same benefits exhaling during lifiting does such as ease of body and elimination of tension during the lifting part of the benchpress and more. Like when I count the rep out loud I'm doing an action that effectively substitutes exhaling.

    So is counting reps rather than exhaling OK in its place? I mean its so damn hard to keep count of my reps in my mind because of the heavy load I'm doing and trying to exhale while counting in my head each new benchpress is also impossible for me and puts big enough a mental strain I almost lost my grip several times and I actually had done so that the barbell fell on me and I needed help to pull it up (and wa sin the hospital for a week).

    So inmy recent workouts I stopped exhaling since its distracting and instead just stuck to counting since it seems to bring the same benefits exhaling does (and I have to anyway since the weights I added are so heavy its damn difficult to keep track, even impossible as I near finish a workout!).

    Is this OK? Can verbally counting substitute the exhaling process?
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    You should never let out air on heavy compound movements while the bar is in motion

    I'd you are benching heavily properly it won't be possible to count out loud
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    Originally Posted by WolfRose7 View Post
    You should never let out air on heavy compound movements while the bar is in motion

    I'd you are benching heavily properly it won't be possible to count out loud
    Depends, sometimes i can yell out "phuuuuuuuuccckkkk" Does that count?

    OP what were alluding too is; you should be using your breath to brace your body. If you are exhaling then you are losing tension in your abdominal cavity and losing power. Look up the valsalva method.
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    IIT, OP inhales while counting.
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