How to Control Breathing During Push Ups

Man doing pushups

Pushups are the standard, age-old method for building upper body strength. Whether done in the regular plank style, modified or in a dive-bomber style, it is important to breathe properly. Proper breathing techniques can help you perform at a higher level.

Assume proper pushup position with your arms extended, your wrists directly underneath your shoulders, your feet a little wider than hip-distance apart, your hips inline with your shoulders and heels and your abdominal muscles contracted.

Take one full breath, inhaling and exhaling, before you begin your set.

Inhale as you lower your body down towards the ground.

Exhale as you push your body back up to the starting position.

Continue to inhale as you lower down and exhale as you push up, adjusting your breathing to the pace at which you perform the exercise. The faster you perform your pushups, the faster you will breathe.


Check your positioning for the type of pushup you are doing. Proper positioning can help you maximize your workout and breathe properly.