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Breathing for focus using the 4-4-8 breathing technique

The 4-4-8 breathing technique is a basic breathing technique which is designed to help you relax and focus. This technique is great if you feel stressed or tense. Using this technique will help you get rid of the tension so you can focus on what you need to do. No matter what your goal is,

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Omega-3 The truth behind fish oils

If you engage in intense and sustained exercise – things like wrestling, or boot camp, or martial arts – you know that sometimes it’s hard to “catch your breath”. Your lungs are working as hard as they can, but you wonder if they’re really going to give you the oxygen you need or collapse and

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Inspiratory Muscle Training

What is Inspiratory Muscle Training?

Inspiratory muscle training is defined as a course of therapy consisting of a series of breathing exercises that aim to strengthen the bodies’ respiratory muscles making it easier for people to breathe. Inspiratory muscle training is normally aimed at people who suffer from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and COPD. However, many people adopt IMT as part

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Breathing Tips & Fitness Tips While Self-Isolating

If you’re self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic and are missing your workouts at the gym, then our top fitness and breathing tip is to make POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) your ideal multifunction training tool. Breathing through the hand-held device for 30 breaths twice a day improves your breathing strength and stamina. IMT will stand

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Cycling Tips for Training Like an Olympian

Olympic track cycling involves intense acceleration and sprinting at high speeds. These sprint races require a combination of tactics and power for the six track Velodrome cycling events. Olympic road cycling however requires stamina to endure the long distances. This applies to both the road race and the individual time trials. Cycling tips for training

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POWERbreathe Cool-down-recover

POWERbreathe IMT Recovery & Cool Down

POWERbreathe IMT – Reduces Lactate During Exercise & Speeds Up Clearance A POWERbreathe ‘cool-down’ can help to speed lactate clearance even more effectively than traditional active recovery strategies. Lactate is a by-product that accumulates in the tissues and blood during intense exercise, leading to discomfort and muscle fatigue. Research shows that POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training

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POWERbreathe Interval Training

POWERbreathe IMT Interval Training

Periods of hard physical exercise followed by periods of rest that are repeated several times in one training session, is known as Interval Training, and has become a major part of structured training for enhancing athletic performance.   Both the aerobic and anaerobic system is worked during interval training, and a by-product of the high

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POWERbreathe IMT Warm-up

IMT Warm-Up

POWERbreathe Warm-Up Boosts Your Inspiratory Muscle Performance Research has shown that a standard pre-exercise warm-up routine fails to prepare the inspiratory muscles (breathing muscles) for the rigours of exercise1, and laboratory trials on competitive rowers showed that a POWERbreathe warm-up significantly improved rowing performance and reduced breathlessness.2 Neglecting to warm-up the breathing muscles leads to

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History of POWERbreathe

History of POWERbreathe

1996 – The Journey Begins In 1996 leading Sports Scientists at Loughborough University (England, UK) recognised that breathing not only presents a limitation to athletes but also impacts on the exercise tolerance in patients with respiratory illness and healthy people. Pioneering research was undertaken by the group with positive outcomes resulting in the initial product

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Effects of High-Intensity IMT Following a Near-Fatal Gunshot Wound

CASE STUDY Effects of High-Intensity Inspiratory Muscle Training Following a Near-Fatal Gunshot Wound Description: A man who sustained a gunshot wound (via the left axilla which exited from the right side of the abdomen) during armed combat left him with severe thoracic and abdominal injuries. After five months he still reported severe dyspnoea on exertion

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