Calisthenics, acrobatics, and gymnastics provide outstanding advantages compared to other activities by increasing body-oxygen levels. Volker Schmitz has been teaching Chinese calisthenics, acrobatics, and gymnastics for many years. Together with Dr. Artour Rakhimov, they discuss the questions, “How can breathing retraining help people practice these moving arts?” and “How these moving arts can improve their health and their body-oxygen levels?”
On the one hand, there are improvements in the muscular structure and oxygenation and regeneration of the muscles. We also have improvements in the psychological functioning and the ability to concentrate. Also, in joint functioning and the strength of the joints improves in gymnastics.
Proper breathing helps to physically recover faster from acrobatics, calisthenics gymnastics. This type of breathing is described as when we breathe much less in our unconscious or automatic breathing patterns. Most people over-breathe twice in their body-oxygen levels according to the medical norm. A hundred years ago, breathing 10 to 12 breaths per minute was the norm. Nowadays people’s mental states include a lot of anxiety, panic attacks, depression etc.
What is the benefit for people that slowed down their breathing to the medical norm in relation to these moving ? Many people have more access to the muscles from improved nerve functioning. You do not only need big muscles for exercises, but proper breathing helps your performance by using all your muscles together.
The other benefit relates to losing weight. Even if you are a few kilos above weight it is very difficult to do a front flip. Also, endurance and sleep are improved by breathing. People that hyperventilate oversleep. Students with 60 seconds for the body-oxygen test sleep 4 and a half hours. They crave physical exercise and they do not complain about fatigue. They have joy from exercise.
All these kinds of acrobatic movements have a lot to do with the core of the body. For flips and handstands, you need a whole muscle chain that depends on core strength. Generally, gymnasts develop much faster in breathing retraining because of their control of the body and strength of their diaphragm. In the higher stages of calisthenics, they have a lot of mental strength. This mind state also shows up in breathing retraining. This allows you to relax.
The functionally of the muscles is the next point. Calisthenics with breathing retraining prevents scar tissues and helps with the improvement of the joints. Breathing retraining is a difficult process. Breathing retraining can be easily intellectually understood, but it takes considerable effort for oneself to improve. In general terms of time and efforts, if you are starting with 20 seconds for the body-oxygen level or the control pause test you can go to the norm of 40 seconds in 1 or 2 months. This is a very fast rate.
For some other students, it can take about half a year to reach 40 seconds. It depends on their age and weight. For someone that is practicing calisthenics, their improvement would be much faster because of their control of the body and a lot of enhanced functioning of the body. The practice of daily exercise greatly helps to have a higher body-oxygen level.
You can find more details about acrobatics, calisthenics gymnastics and breath benefits here: https://www.normalbreathing.com/sports/calisthenics-acrobatics-gymnastics-benefits.php.
Volker has many students for a long time and he compares people that are solely bodybuilders to calisthenic students. The calisthenic students have a very large advantage in breathing retraining performance compared to bodybuilders. He would suggest for bodybuilders to include calisthenic exercises to enhance muscle functioning and to reduce scar tissue. Sometimes they like having bigger muscles, but they would not be as strong as people involved in calisthenics.
The YouTube URL of this video “Acrobatics, calisthenics gymnastics breathing benefits” is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TgCkgQExwA /.
The video features Volker Schmitz (Kung Fu teacher and Buteyko/NormalBreathing practitioner from Hamburg in Germany) and Dr. Artour Rakhimov (Buteyko Practitioner Master Trainer from Toronto, Canada).
The video description was created with the participation of Chris Prokop (Mississauga, Canada).