Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT)

Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) in Fitness and Sports

  • Training Inspiratory Muscles Improves Running Performance When Carrying A 25kg Thoracic Load In A Backpack

    “This study investigated the effect of inspiratory muscle training (IMT, 50% maximal inspiratory muscle pressure (PImax) twice daily for six week) upon running time-trial performance with thoracic load carriage.” Conclusion: “When wearing a 25kg backpack,...

  • POWERbreathe Training Rugby Union Protocols

    Compiled and written by Chris Lord and Professor Alison McConnell, this training protocol provides a series of exercises and ideas on how to get the most out of POWERbreathe, specifically focussing on the demands of Rugby Union. All the techniques and exercises...

  • POWERbreathe Training Running Protocols

    Compiled and written by Chris Lord and Professor Alison McConnell, this training protocol provides a series of exercises and ideas on how to get the most out of POWERbreathe, specifically focussing on the demands of running. All the techniques and exercises within...

  • The Influence Of Inspiratory And Expiratory Muscle Training Upon Rowing Performance

    “This study investigated the effect of 4 week of inspiratory (IMT) or expiratory muscle training (EMT), as well as the effect of a subsequent 6 week period of combined IMT/EMT on rowing performance in club-level oarsmen.” Conclusion: “There were no significant...

  • The Inspiratory Muscle Training In Elite Rowers

    “The aim of the investigation was to assess the effects of the resistive inspiratory muscle training (IMT) in elite male rowers.” Conclusion: “The data obtained corroborate the observations that in well-trained athletes the introduction of the principle of...

  • Breathing During Rowing: Don’t Just Do It, Do It Well

    After talking a little about the physiology of the respiratory system, Professor Alison McConnell emphasises why a good breathing techniques is at the centre of good rowing technique and explains why respiratory limitations to exercise have achieved newfound credibility...

  • POWERbreathe Guide for Indoor Rowers

    Written for Concept2 Limited by Eddie Fletcher of Fletcher Sport Science in collaboration with Professor McConnell, this guide provides all you need about: The importance of the breathing muscles to rowing How to train the inspiratory muscles Using POWERbreathe...

  • Inspiratory Muscle Training, Altitude, and Arterial Oxygen Desaturation: A Preliminary Investigation

    “Specific inspiratory muscle training (IMT) has been shown to significantly attenuate the fall in arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2) during exhaustive exercise while breathing a hypoxic gas mixture of 14% oxygen. The aim of this study was to assess the impact...

  • Effects Of IMT On Exercise Responses In Normoxia And Hypoxia

    “The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) on exercise in hypoxia (H) and normoxia (N)”. Conclusion: “Data suggests that IMT significantly improves structural and functional physiologic measures in hypoxic...

  • IMT Improves Exercise Tolerance in Recreational Soccer Players

    “This study investigated whether the addition of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) to an existing program of preseason soccer training would augment performance indices such as exercise tolerance and sports-specific performance beyond the use of preseason training...