The POWERbreathe Classic and POWERbreathe Plus are ideal for those wishing to take the first step into breathing training.
The POWERbreathe Classic is the first generation of POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (breathing training) products and deal for those new to breathing training.
The POWERbreathe Classic series of Inspiratory Muscle Trainers were created following the realisation that breathing not only presents a limitation to exercise tolerance in patients with respiratory illness, but also limits healthy people, including athletes.
Leading Sports Scientists at Loughborough and Birmingham Universities discovered that the inspiratory muscles respond to training in the same way as other muscles – when muscles are overloaded regularly for a period of a few weeks, they adapt, increasing their strength, power and endurance.
In 2001, following intense research, trials and development programmes by this team of Sports Scientists at Britain’s leading Human Performance Research universities, the POWERbreathe Classic series was launched.
The POWERbreathe Classic series applies the principles of resistance training (pressure threshold training using a load calibrated spring) to strengthen the breathing muscles by making them work harder, in much the same way as you might use weights to increase the strength of your arm muscles.
The POWERbreathe Classic series features 9 manually adjustable training levels to allow for progressive training.
POWERbreathe Classic Featuresshow
- Awarded a Millennium Product by UK Design Council
- Available in 3 variable resistance levels
POWERbreathe Classic Load Selection Rangeshow
Load Setting Range: Level 1 - 9
LR (Light Resistance/Wellness)
MR (Medium Resistance/Fitness)
HR (Heavy Resistance/Sports Performance)
Precise load settings may vary due to: (1) the analogue nature of the calibrated spring tensioner and the precision with which the load is selected; (2) a small effect of inspiratory flow rate upon spring compression such that high inspiratory flow rates lead to greater spring compression, and a small increase in load (Caine & McConnell, 20001). This effect is common to all spring loaded devices, and its size is magnified by increasing spring range (it is larger in a spring with a maximum range of 90cmH2O compared with one with half this range), it is also greater at lower absolute load settings (Caine & McConnell, 2000).
1 Caine MP & McConnell AK. (2000). Development and evaluation of a pressure threshold inspiratory muscle trainer for use in the context of sports performance. Journal of Sports Engineering 3, 149-159.