During my injury-riddled last 14 months, one thing that I’ve learned is that I knew very little about “breathing”. More importantly, how inefficient I was and how important the diaphragm was in terms of intra-abdominal pressure (core control). This poor breathing has contributed to some of my injuries.

One method, that I’ve mentioned before on my site, that I’ve used to help me with my diaphragmatic breathing is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). This strategy that is designed to activate the deep stabilizers of the body and taps into the principles of developmental kinesiology.

belly breath

In addition to DNS, there are a couple of “checks” you can perform on yourself or, preferably with a qualified professional, to see how well you are breathing. These checks include:

1. Belly Breath Check

2. Belly Button Path

3. Rib Flare Check

4. Rib Cage Check

Here’s a brief video clip with Dr. Jennifer Reiner that will help explain these checks in a more detail. Give them a shot and see how well you breathe…


About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.

For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.