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Imagine yourself walking through a shrouded forest at night. You hear a sudden crashing through the bushes that seems to be heading your way. Your adrenal glands dump a full load of adrenaline into your veins, and in a split second your subconscious mind makes the decision to stand your ground. You have chosen fight over flight.
A little piglet bursts out of the bushes and runs across your path… You relax.
Some time later there are more noises, coming towards you from a different direction. Again you freeze and your heart races. This time it’s a pair of chickens.
After a succession of noises, all of which turn out to be benign farmyard animals, there is a sudden crash and an axe-wielding maniac stands in front of you. How does your body respond now?
The fight or flight response is a survival mechanism, that supplies us with what we need to respond to a life-threatening stimulus: in this case adrenaline and other power-giving hormones.
➢ What happens if the life-threatening stimulus is holding your breath? Which survival reflex is triggered?
➢ When the stimulus is repeated successively (several breath holds one after the other) what will happen to the strength of the reflex?
➢ What conclusions does this give you about the best way to prepare for a ‚maximum attempt’ breath hold or dive?
This is one of the concepts discussed in the Vertical Blue advanced classes, and we propose a full justification for the best way to prepare for a deep freedive or breath hold in order to maximise physiological potential.