Patricia Carswell, a.k.a Girl on the River, recently won 'Highly Commended 2017’ for Sports and Fitness at the UK Blog Awards. She's a freelance journalist and specialises in health, fitness and lifestyle. She is also a rower, and it is thanks to a fellow rower and POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) user that we got in touch with Patricia.
Rowing-induced lung burn
After completing her first erg sprint of the season Patricia Tweeted about the burning sensation she felt in her lungs. Her rowing friend, Lewin Hynes, medalist from the British and English Indoor Rowing Championships and POWERbreathe IMT user suggested she use POWERbreathe IMT to help.
Thanks to Lewin we got in touch with Patricia and suggested she use the POWERbreathe Plus MR. And as a highly commended blogger, whose blog is rated in the Top 50 Rowing Blogs, we understood that she would provide an honest insight into her experience of using POWERbreathe IMT. And so we provided Patricia with a POWERbreathe Plus MR to review.
How POWERbreathe IMT helped Patricia’s rowing
Patricia began her POWERbreathe IMT as she prepared for regatta season. And after 4 weeks of training (IMT takes effect between 4-6 weeks) she published her review in the form of a blog at Girl on the River:
POWERbreathe IMT and rowing
In scientific tests and studies, activating the diaphragm with POWERbreathe IMT has been shown to:
- Improve rowing time trial performance by up to 2.2%, equivalent to slashing 60m in a 2km race
- Significantly improve rowing performance and reduce breathlessness in competitive rowers following a POWERbreathe warm-up
- Increase strength of inspiratory muscles by 30 – 50%
POWERbreathe drills for rowing specific training
As mentioned, Lewin Hynes is a medalist from the British and English Indoor Rowing Championships and POWERbreathe IMT user himself. To benefit other rowers he demonstrated a few POWERbreathe drills he uses for rowing specific training. You can watch them here on the POWERbreathe YouTube channel.