Originally Posted by bruteforce
I've read about the use of breathing squats and heavy pullovers for increasing the size of the chest and ribcage but always wondered if it actually worked. Thoughts, experiences, anecdotes?
Squats, no idea at all...with the pullovers though, they were used for that purpose by a lot of the oldtime lifters, that's not to say that it worked but I suppose due to the intense stretch felt during the move it could well have been a solid basis for a possibility of it increasing the chest and ribcage size. We read about static/loaded-passive stretching being used between sets to increase muscle size, these days, and to some degree it would fall under that because of the intense stretch under load that the chest inevitably recieves during the pullover.
For one thing, it would most definitely help with opening up the ribcage for better deeper breathing since it would stretch all the respiratory musculature.