Thursday, 15 April 2010


Fragmented respiration is based on a cycle of four successive inhaling followed by exhaling.
Such a breathing cycle during running promotes the saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen and allows;

To adjust breathing to a number of strides in which the first two inhaling take place during the first two strides, followed by a further two inhaling in the next pair of strides, uninterrupted exhaling takes place during the third pair of strides.

The frequency of breathing is regulated by the running speed as breathing is synchronized with the running rhythm.

Newspaper Report

Scientific report showing pulse rate [and lactate levels] dropping by up to 10 bpm at racing speeds using
Fragmented Breathing LINK

After many hours of searching the internet I found the article on how to do fragmented breathing [thanks also to Greg for newspaper article], i will now work on this breathing method over the next week and report back!


Thur 15th

Ran with Tess over the Velvet Trail for 40 mins easy.
worked on using NEW breathing method, conclusion so far, legs felt lighter when doing 'fragmented breathing method' but lungs felt like I'd just blown up a hot water bottle after run!


Greg said...

Thanks for chasing this down. Sounds like 4-2 breathing.

Ewen said...

I'm really interested to see how you go with that Rick - esp if it reduces the HR. Seems amazing.

Also, great news about the compression socks. Now Thomas can burn his white ones ;)


Ha,Ha, Yes Ewen never been a big fan of the pipa long stocking look :], so glad to know I don't need to buy any to run faster.
Yes if this breathing method works it could bring me some amazing results.
Greg, yeah 4-2 seems to work, will try using my wifes pulse monitor to check results.

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