It might be the position of your body in the machine that’s causing you to have trouble breathing. Not all machines are created equal, and not every body type can fit into a machine. If you try to force your body to fit into one, you could end up compromising your posture that allows you to breath properly. This is akin to cyclists who have a harder time breathing when they use the aerobars on the bike to increase their aerodynamics; versus one who stay upright and can breath properly, but creates a lot of drag while riding.
Just because you use your core stabilizers, doesn’t mean that you can’t breath. Even core exercises that requires a lot of focus on stability will still give you the capacity to breath normally. If you are having trouble breathing while doing that type of exercise or any exercise that requires activation of the core stabilizers, then you must examine your form (or perhaps your own breathing pattern, such as instinctively holding your own breath while exercising).
It is not research needed to prove this. Initially machine had been created to work for people with disabilities. But, if you would like activate your stabilizing musculature when working on machine, use only one arm or one leg. Deep core muscles will tell you big “Thank You”.
With regards, Mira,
I was unable to find a journal article or specific study in the realm of confirming machines isolating specific parts of the body.
The only real problem related to breathing on the triceps extension machine I can think of is looking into the size settings of the machine.
Stabilizers are utilized in every exercise. It looks like the above posts or OP mentioned that “stabilizers” refers specifically to the midsection.
Do you mean to say your abdominals are kicking into gear when you hop in a triceps extension machine?
Hello Chris Lutz,
I fully agree, the abdominals will help stabilize; and it is not possible to isolate a certain body part, since we are made to move in the closed kinetic chain.
If it is that hard for you to breathe during that exercise position, do you think hypertonicity could be a contributing factor?