This article in Runner’s World asks you to 'take a deep breath and improve your running performance with a handy piece of equipment…' That piece of equipment is POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT).
Breathe your way to better running
The article suggests that as a runner you may be neglecting one muscle group in your training. That group is your inspiratory muscles. Your inspiratory muscles are the muscles you use to breathe in. The main inspiratory muscles are your diaphragm and intercostals. These are the muscles you primarily use for breathing but they also play a role in your core stability.
In the article are three exercises that use POWERbreathe IMT to exercise your inspiratory muscles. In fact runners performing these exercises were shown to improve their performance in a time trial. They also increased their core endurance. The exercises were performed three to four times a week, for six weeks.
One of the authors of the time trial study says that the athletes’ trunk muscles were shown to deliver breathing and core stability, without compromising either. This will make running more comfortable and feel easier.
These are the exercises being prescribed for improving running performance. They use POWERbreathe IMT during the exercise to improve breathing strength and stamina.
- Bridge - 10 reps, 2 sets
- Bird Dog - 10 reps, 1 set per side
- Swiss Ball Squat Thrust - 10-15 reps, 2 sets
There is full instruction in the article as to how best to perform the exercises using your POWERbreathe IMT.
It is best to perfect your breathing technique first using your POWERbreathe. You can watch this video that shows the best POWERbreathe breathing technique. By getting the technique right you are ensuring you benefit from breathing from your diaphragm. The correct technique teaches you to breathe from your diaphragm. Most people have forgotten this proper way to breathe and resort to breathing from the chest instead. If you follow the technique shown in the video you are also reducing your risk of injury as you will be breathing properly.