An article published on the Mail Online (11th December 2013) revealed how David Beckham gets short of breath when he’s out running early in the morning with his 11-year-old son.
Although retired, 38-year-old David Beckham still maintains a level of fitness yet he admits how he struggles to keep up with his son, Romeo. This revelation came out during a chat at the National Football Museum in Manchester.
Beckham said, “He's one of those annoying runners who always wants to be one step in front of you. We ran three and a half miles and the third mile was the quickest of all of them. I was breathing hard.’
There is however something that Beckham could do to help alleviate that feeling. He could warm-up his breathing muscles before he heads out for a run in the early morning cold by specifically exercising his inspiratory muscles with POWERbreathe.
POWERbreathe was developed as a training tool to exercise the breathing muscles. It does this by utilizing the principles of resistance training. As you inhale against the resistance, your breathing muscles are effectively ‘lifting a weight’ which trains them to work harder, and like all weight training, improves their strength and stamina.
Over time, usually around 4-weeks, the breathing muscles have become much stronger and less prone to fatigue, and the resistance can be increased, just as you would increase your weights. Each mechanical POWERbreathe (the Classic and Plus series) has a vast training range, but the K-Series is limitless and will be the only inspiratory muscle training device you’ll need.
So for David we’d suggest the POWERbreathe K5, with additional valve heads for each member of his family. They can all then monitor and compare their breathing training using the K5’s Breathe-Link software, and watch their improvements on screen in real-time.
Even though there’ll be no doubt that the Beckhams will perform a warm-up before their runs, it’s unlikely that they’ll target their breathing muscles, and yet research has shown that a standard pre-exercise warm-up routine fails to prepare the inspiratory muscles for the rigors of exercise.
Not only would David benefit from a POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle warm-up, but also from spending about 5-minutes per day using his POWERbreathe to train his inspiratory muscles, making them stronger and more resistant to fatigue, which will benefit him (and his children if they choose to train with it too) long-term.
Read more about why POWERbreathe should be an essential component of everyone’s fitness training, or if you’re already using POWERbreathe to help alleviate breathlessness when you exercise, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook page or Twitter as we’d love to hear from you.
And if you’re David Beckham reading this (well, we can all dream), then please get in touch and we’ll arrange a demonstration.