Simon Ward, The High Performance Human Podcast

Simon Ward and Louisa Holmes

November 27, 2018

If you are still breathing you are still winning!

This week, Louisa Holmes (aka The White Witch) returns to the show to chat about one of the most fundamental human processes:  breathing.  Like me you probably think you have got this cracked, especially as you are still alive.  But that's not exactly true. 

There is a big difference between breathing to stay alive, and breathing to optimise your human and athletic performance. In this podcast you will be able to find out:

  • The surprising percentage of the population who have dysfunctional breathing
  • Three simple tests to determine whether you need to spend time learning to breathe effectively
  • Why dysfunctional breathing can lead to health problems and restrict your athletic performance
  • What happens to the body at rest, never mind exercise, when you breathe inefficiently
  • Two breathing exercises you can do which will make a difference, in less than 10 minutes per day

The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown

Body Oxygen Level test (BOLT)

Videos of breathing tests:

Simple breathing pattern test -

Pursed lip breathing exercise

Previous podcasts with Louisa:

Louisa Holmes Part 1: Full body assessment & bike fit

Louisa Holmes Part 2: How to make the most of your bike fit

Full Body MOT + Bike Fit

Book an appointment with Louisa at the Coach House

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