What is Inspiratory Muscle Training?

Inspiratory Muscle Training

Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) is a course of therapy that consists of a series of breathing exercises. The aim of POWERbreathe IMT is to strengthen your respiratory muscles, making it easier for you to breathe.

Inspiratory Muscle Training Benefits Everyone

People who suffer from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and COPD will benefit from POWERbreathe IMT. However, many others will adopt IMT as part of their sports training. This is because IMT strengthens the breathing muscles, improving breathing stamina and strength. In fact, studies show that regular IMT increases your endurance during exercise or sports activities, such as running and cycling.

When you breathe normally, you typically use between 10 to 15 per cent of your total lung capacity. However, with Inspiratory muscle training, you can typically increase the amount of lung capacity you’re able to use. Deeper breathing with IMT uses a bit more energy, just like any other type of strength training. But with each deep breath it also allows more oxygen to enter your bloodstream. And, at the same time, you’re strengthening your breathing muscles. Performing 30 breaths twice a day with POWERbreathe IMT for at least six weeks, significantly reduces the amount of oxygen you’ll require while exercising. This results in more oxygen being available for your other working muscles, such as your legs while running or cycling.

Why Train Your Inspiratory Muscles?

During exercise, your body’s demand for oxygen increases. As a result, your breathing volume or ventilation must also rise to cope with the oxygen demand. For this to work, numerous muscles surrounding your lungs need to contract in an exceedingly coordinated manner. As the intensity of the exercise increases, your inspiratory muscles must contract more forcefully and rapidly to keep pace with the body’s substantial increase in metabolism. This important role of inspiratory muscle training has huge benefits for respiratory fitness in health, fitness and sports training, improving sports performance.

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