POWERbreathe uses a technique commonly known as resistance training, in much the same way as you might use weights to increase the strength of your arm muscles.
It has been called “dumbbells for the diaphragm” because it makes the breathing muscles work harder to improve their strength and endurance. When training with POWERbreathe you will notice that you have to work harder to breathe in. This is the effect of resistance training acting on the muscles used to inhale – primarily the diaphragm and rib cage muscles. When breathing out, there is no resistance and you can exhale normally, allowing the chest and breathing muscles to relax, naturally pushing the air from your lungs.
The POWERbreathe training system uses tried and proven techniques which are based upon our unique understanding of inspiratory muscle training – ‘pressure threshold training’. In the 1990s this new and far more reliable approach to Inspiratory Muscle Training (compared to ‘flow resistive training’) appeared in scientific literature. Pressure Threshold Training involves breathing against a pressure load and has been shown to be the most effective way to train the inspiratory muscles.
I have read lots of information regarding the benefits of breathe training but I have never spoken to anyone who has actually used one on a regular basis, so I thought I wanted to see if it’s effective.
After speaking to the team at Power Breathe I was sent a Power Breathe Plus 2 to try and awaited delivery.
In the box you get the trainer and storage bag and a nose clip. It is really easy to use with a dial on the bottom which you turn to increase the resistance. There is a easy to read scale also to help with working out where you are from 1 to 10.
To start you need to begin on 0 and do 20 inspirations, if this is too easy it suggests changing the resistance by ¼ turn each day until you struggle to complete 20 inspirations.
Once to get to you start point you truly can feel the workout your lungs are getting. You stick at the level when you cannot do 20 inspirations in one for a week and then turn it up by ¼ turn. I regularly got a muscle fatigue vibration in my diaphragm and truly know when I have done my breathe training.
I have now been using it for 1 month, so have I seen improvements? YES I have seen a marked reduction in my Pulse rate both at rest and training as well as I have found I feel more control over my breathing and don’t struggle with my breath when I’m doing my harder tempo or hill sessions. I have also noticed (I’m not sure if it’s connected) some greater definition in my abdominals and core.
Will I continue to use it? YES, as I try to improve and shave seconds and push my running further I feel that this is a great tool to help with this.
- Definitely have seen the improvements in my Heart Rate, lung capacity and efficiency
- Small and easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Remembering to use it can be an issue at times.
- Cost may put some off