What is Elevate?
Elevate is the biggest cross-sector physical activity, health and performance event in the UK. It brings together policy makers, local authorities and performance experts to focus on tackling physical inactivity. And this year sees the launch of the new Elevate Innovation Awards, one of which is the Best Innovation for Human Performance. This is the award won by the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Live Feedback Software.
About the Innovation Awards
The Elevate Innovation Awards are a series of prizes for the best products and services in 5 defined categories: Best Health and Wellness Innovation, Best Workout Innovation, Best Facility Innovation, Best Innovation for Human Performance and Best Start-up.
POWERbreathe K5 Wins Award
During the first day of the show (May 10th) the expert panel of judges were walking around the stands, assessing entries against a set criteria. After their rounds the judges, who are expert industry professionals and influential fitness bloggers, decide on the winning entries. And at the end of the first day of the show, POWERbreathe received the Best Innovation For Human Performance Award!
The Importance of Human Performance Factors
Human performance is an area the physical activity sector and sporting world will focus on in order to achieve the best results possible. By studying the human body, and in this case studying breathing using the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link software, an individual, athlete or coach will see how their breathing can be improved for a better performance.
Ticking the Human Performance Box
Because breathing is a core human physiological system fundamental to sport, exercise, health and movement, breathing better can influence performance in everyone.
The POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Live Feedback Software ticks the Human Performance box because it:
- Optimises physical output
- Turns weaknesses into strengths
And following the analysis and evaluation of a person's breathing needs, an appropriate performance and training programme is easy to design and tailor to each individual.
Breathe-Link Software Encourages & Improves Human Performance
The performance of an athlete is influenced by genetic make-up, hard work and, more so nowadays, the contribution of science. Breathe-Link Live Feedback Software is one such contribution.
Thanks to the live display of an individual’s breathing, performance will improve almost immediately as the individual responds to their training feedback. And it’s not just limited to athletes. The software caters for all levels and all requirements, from individuals and teams to organisations. The K5 and its software enhances human performance, for sport, exercise, work and health.
The K5 Leads the Way in Improving Human Performance
The most common method for improving performance is to improve technique. And research has shown breathing fatigue can limit performance. Therefore by improving breathing technique, performance will also improve.
The respiratory muscles contribute to limit performance because the high levels of respiratory muscle work sustained throughout heavy exercise cause the respiratory muscles to fatigue. This could "initiate the metaboreflex, leading to vasoconstriction of limb locomotor muscle vasculature, exacerbating peripheral fatigue of working limb muscles and, via feedback, intensifying effort perceptions, thereby contributing to limitation of high-intensity endurance exercise performance."