One of the key features of the POWERbreathe K-Series is that it records a user's progress, like a training diary. This is available to view on the device itself, and using the Breathe-Link Live Feedback Software.
However, users of the Classic and Plus series of POWERbreathe IMT devices are not able to automatically save their progress to a training diary for future assessment. This is because they are not electronic models, but mechanical.
Progress on the mechanical models is made as you increase the training load. And the load increases with every turn of the load adjustment knob. It's this that changes the level at which you're training. And so by recording your training level over a period of time, training progress can be reviewed.
Training Diary for users of mechanical models
Keeping a training diary is the simplest way of assessing your progress. To help, we've created a TRAINING DIARY for you to download. Simply print off the sheet and complete the fields, following the example given.
We suggest you record your training level as this is what you increase as your breathing strength and stamina improves. On the Classic model, it starts at Level 1 and increases to Level 9. On the Plus model, it starts at Level 0 and increases to Level 10.
How to use the Training Diary
The scientifically proven POWERbreathe training regimen is 30 breaths IN through the device, twice a day. Therefore, the record sheet asks you to note your training Level at each Morning and Evening session. In addition, the Duration of the session can also be recorded. So if you' re unable to manage 30 breaths at one of the sessions, make a note of what you can manage.
Over a period of time, you will have a record of how you are moving up through the training levels. And if the duration of your sessions is improving too, this is progression. As a result, it is showing you that your breathing muscle strength and stamina is improving.
After 4 - 6 weeks of daily training, your breathing muscles should have improved substantially. Consequently, you should feel less breathless during activity. At this stage, you will not need to use your device every day to maintain your improved breathing. Instead, using your device twice every other day will be sufficient to continue to enjoy reduced breathlessness and improved exercise performance.