The best way to hit the MV1 is a variation of the "diaphragmatic breathing" technique. While diaphragmatic breathing involves inhaling through your nose, this variation involves breathing in through your mouth. The following information was taken from an article on the Harvard Health Publishing website via Harvard Medical School. To learn how to use this technique, see below: 


The following practice can be performed laying down or sitting. With practice you will no longer need to place your hands on your chest and belly. 


+Place one hand on your upper chest and the other on your belly, just below your rib cage.

+Breathe in slowly through your nose, letting the air in deeply, towards your lower belly. The hand on your chest should remain still, while the one on your belly should rise.

+Tighten your abdominal muscles and let them fall inward as you exhale through pursed lips. The hand on your belly should move down to its original position.


Why is this recommended? 

Keep in mind, we're not doctors here, but we do care about your health! In general, diaphragmatic breathing is the most efficient way to breathe. The result of practicing this method of breathing in your every day life is less stress and anxiety. Who doesn't want that? 


How does this relate to the MV1? 

Once you understand how to control your breathing using your diaphragm, you can easily translate that into hitting the MV1. The result of adopting this practice for use with the MV1 is it allows you to perform a controlled and consistent inhale (without running out of breath or hyperventilating!).  


Now if you need to run away from a dragon, definitely do not relax. You want to release adrenaline. But when you're chilling out, using your MV1, use our "variation" of the diaphragmatic breathing technique.