"Get tight! Get your air!"
What does that even mean? How do you get tight?
A key skill for weightlifters is breathing and bracing. In particular, we want to use diaphragmatic breathing to create intra abdominal pressure. Creating a proper brace and inflating your torso to create pressure will make a night and day difference when trying to move big weight.
Step 1: stand tall with shoulder blades down and back
Step 2: Pretend like it's your 67th birthday and you're trying to blow our all your birthday candles on one breath.
Step 3: As you exhale all your air, you should notice your ribs draw down and your belly tightening up.
Step 4: Squeeze your butt and brace your abs fully
Step 5: Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth and take a big breath through your nose and fill your BELLY with air.
You should notice a ton of pressure and your voice should sound funny. If not, you probably took a chest breath instead. This is not what we want. We want lots of pressure.
Another side effect of chest breathing is you'll arch your back rather than keeping the ribs down. This will lead to a host of movement faults and inefficiencies.
Take the time to learn this method. You'll see a big difference in your lifts. Let us know how it goes!