Over the past 10 years Dani Fridman has proved himself as the unchallenged rowing champion for Israel and is ranked among the top rowers in the world, and a local hope for an Olympic medal in Rio.
When POWERbreathe Israel first met with Dani, and Dani spotted a POWERbreathe, he immediately said: "I know this device… I saw many rowers in Europe use it, it's good to know that now my fellow rowers in Israel can have the device too and catch up with novel training practices seen abroad…"
Since POWERbreathe Israel’s first meeting with him, Dani has been using the POWERbreathe Plus Inspiratory Muscle Training for a few weeks now and we are all proud to support him in his training. In fact on Saturday (3rd May) Dani finished the Catalunya rowing championship with a total of two gold medals, single scull and double scull at the international Catalunya rowing championship in Amposta, Spain, and we’d all like to send him congratulations from our POWERbreathe family across the world.
As a rower, Dani’s respiratory system must be able to achieve a high volume of air in order to deliver oxygen to his blood, and because of the compressed position his upper body is in during the catch, he’ll find there will be physical limitations to his breathing.
Not only will Dani’s breathing fatigue because of this compressed position during rowing, but also because his respiratory muscles are also responsible for helping to stabilize his upper body. For a rower this upper body stabilization is essential during the drive phase of rowing where a high power output is required but which in turn makes it difficult for the rower to inhale, so Dani’s breathing muscles will develop fatigue here too. And this is why POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training should become an essential component of his training: daily use for improving inspiratory muscle strength and stamina; as an inspiratory warm-up before competition; and for recovery.
So by training the breathing muscles with POWERbreathe to become stronger, blood flow demand by the respiratory muscles will be reduced and cardiac output to his leg muscles increased, improving Dani's performance.
There are several research papers and review articles available to view from our website that look at Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) and exercise-induced inspiratory muscle fatigue in rowers, including one that also supports the suggestion that a high respiratory demand ‘steals’ blood from the legs during rowing which reduces overall rowing performance.
Read more about how POWERbreathe could help improve rowing performance, or if you’re already using POWERbreathe then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter as we’d love to hear from you. You can also read more about POWERbreathe for rowing on our blog.