Let me just put this out there: breathing squats suck ass - and I mean that in the best possible way. They. Are. Hard.
I tried them yesterday and loaded up the bar with what I thought I could do 10 reps of (110 lbs - HA!) and started my routine. Deep breath...hold...lower to at least parallel...release breath on way up...hold while taking 3-4 deep breaths...repeat.
Holy Mother of God - it is so much harder than it looks. I could barely get through 4 before I thought I was going to pass out.
Next set, I removed weight and tried again. Was met with similar result.
Final set, removed nearly all the weight (down to 65 lbs at this point) and squeaked out 8. I was supposed to be able to do 20 - TWENTY. WTF? By number 8 on my last set, I was lightheaded and thought I would fall over. Hmmmm...
Either I'm not doing something right, or I'm doing it exactly right with just way too much weight. Anyone out there have any experience with breathing squats? Am I supposed to feel like I'm going to die not even halfway through? LOL.
Will try again next week with the lighter weight on first set and see if I can get the breathing down.
The good news is that my thighs and quads are sore today, so I did get some type of workout from the experience. So, not a total loss.