Swimming & POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training by Andy Bruce

Andy Bruce - Leading out the swim at Hercules triathlonIn his blog about endurance racing and sport psychology, Andy continues writing about his experience of using POWERbreathe in his training, in the run-up to Challenge Roth; a triathlon race in and around Roth, Germany.

In his latest blog Andy shares his feeling about how POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training (IMT) may have helped with his swim training.

Here’s an extract from his blog:

“I would certainly suggest that there has been an improvement in my swimming that coincided with a focused regimen of inspiratory muscle training (IMT). After about 3 weeks of training I began to notice how:

  • Sets with fins were noticeably easier, in particular dealing with the underwater fin-kicks off my turns. Normally managing at best a couple of kicks at best at full throttle, I comfortably began to manage 3-5.
  • My breathing and perception of effort also decreased across the fins sets (where I most noticed breathing discomfort), off the same or faster times at which I had previously plateaued.
  • For the first time in my swimming it felt like my breathing had ceased to be the major limiting factor to my speed and effort level.”

“I am certainly aware that in the context of my training that the measurable performance benefits that I can entirely attribute to my IMT are all but impossible to prove. Qualitatively however, I feel that both my enjoyment and confidence in the water has noticeably increased, and for me, my POWERbreathe training has undoubtedly been a part of that. If you struggle with your breathing during swimming, as I think many do, I would strongly recommend IMT. If you don't, no reason not to swim faster :-)”

You can read Andy’s full Blog here, and we wish him well in his training – and of course not forgetting his partner, Lotte – and thank him for his updates and sharing his training experience with us.

We’re looking forward to hearing more from Andy about how POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training may help with his swimming, cycling and running – and particularly at altitude.

If you’re already using POWERbreathe to help with your altitude training then please leave a comment here as we’d love to hear from you.


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