We’re very excited as we prepare for the Brownlee Tri North taking place on Sunday 21st September. POWERbreathe will be at Harewood House near Leeds where the Tour de France raced earlier this year. The event is for every level of triathlete, from first-timers to seasoned triathletes, but whatever your level, POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) offers you the chance to improve your Personal Best. As a triathlete you’ll know that training is your best path to victory, but if you’re neglecting to train one area of your system that’s essential to help you along that path, your respiratory system, then your breathing could just let you down. It’s one area of training that’s often not thought about, yet breathing strength is as important as physical strength. POWERbreathe provides a shortcut to training your inspiratory muscles as it directly targets the muscles used to inhale, primarily the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, and can provide a drug-free performance boost to your swimming performance, cycling performance and running performance. Training your breathing muscles for triathlon is beneficial for several reasons: Firstly, during your swim, your breathing is challenged right from the start, as you need to inhale as much oxygen as possible in the shortest possible time in order to return you to the optimal position for generating propulsive force. Secondly, the very nature of the hunched position you adopt for the best aerodynamics during the cycling stage compresses the contents of your abdomen up against your diaphragm, restricting your breathing. It may also surprise you to know that studies have suggested that these respiratory impairments brought on during the cycling stage carry over into your run, impairing your performance. And thirdly, during the running stage your breathing is already pushed to its limits yet it has to sustain you through this final stage, but your breathing muscles are having to undertake additional work, stabilizing you with every foot strike as you run. It’s no wonder you start to feel fatigued. Research shows that this fatigue occurring in your inspiratory muscles results not only in uncomfortable intense breathlessness, but it can also be responsible for diverting blood away from your other working muscles (arms and legs), impairing their performance. However when you use POWERbreathe and subject your inspiratory muscles to an appropriate training resistance, they will adapt, increasing their strength, power and stamina. Read more about why you should consider including POWERbreathe IMT as part of your triathlon training, or if you’re already using POWERbreathe, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter. You can also read more about using POWERbreathe in triathlon training on our Blog.