How to make every breath you take enhance every move you make

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How to make every breath you take enhance every move you make

From the second we’re born to our last moment, breath is all-important, so get the most of it with apnoea training

Jazz Kuschke

“Average human beings underestimate their own latent [breath hold] capacity by about 200%,” says John McCarthy, who developed the Swim Free Confidence Underwater course with the help of lifeguards, bodysurfers, open-water swimmers, free-divers and elite surfers.

The holistic course helps participants understand their physiology and what is happening to it under water.

While apnoea training (which increases breath-hold capacity) is hugely beneficial to all watersport athletes, it’s been proven over and over that this type of training will improve all athletes’ performance, no matter the sport or their level. For McCarthy, this has been confirmed time and again while doing sports such as trail running at altitude in the Drakensberg. ..

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