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Breathing Tips & Fitness Tips While on Lockdown

If you’re missing your workouts at the gym while on lockdown from the coronavirus, then our top fitness and breathing tip is to make POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) your ideal multifunction training tool. Breathing through the hand-held device for 30 breaths twice a day improves your breathing strength and stamina. IMT will stand you

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Cycling Tips for Training Like an Olympian

Olympic track cycling involves intense acceleration and sprinting at high speeds. These sprint races require a combination of tactics and power for the six track Velodrome cycling events. Olympic road cycling however requires stamina to endure the long distances. This applies to both the road race and the individual time trials. Cycling tips for training

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POWERbreathe Cool-down-recover

POWERbreathe IMT Recovery & Cool Down

POWERbreathe IMT – Reduces Lactate During Exercise & Speeds Up Clearance A POWERbreathe ‘cool-down’ can help to speed lactate clearance even more effectively than traditional active recovery strategies. Lactate is a by-product that accumulates in the tissues and blood during intense exercise, leading to discomfort and muscle fatigue. Research shows that POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training

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POWERbreathe Interval Training

POWERbreathe IMT Interval Training

Periods of hard physical exercise followed by periods of rest that are repeated several times in one training session, is known as Interval Training, and has become a major part of structured training for enhancing athletic performance.   Both the aerobic and anaerobic system is worked during interval training, and a by-product of the high

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POWERbreathe IMT Warm-up

IMT Warm-Up

POWERbreathe Warm-Up Boosts Your Inspiratory Muscle Performance Research has shown that a standard pre-exercise warm-up routine fails to prepare the inspiratory muscles (breathing muscles) for the rigours of exercise1, and laboratory trials on competitive rowers showed that a POWERbreathe warm-up significantly improved rowing performance and reduced breathlessness.2 Neglecting to warm-up the breathing muscles leads to

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History of POWERbreathe

History of POWERbreathe

1996 – The Journey Begins In 1996 leading Sports Scientists at Loughborough University (England, UK) recognised that breathing not only presents a limitation to athletes but also impacts on the exercise tolerance in patients with respiratory illness and healthy people. Pioneering research was undertaken by the group with positive outcomes resulting in the initial product

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Effects of High-Intensity IMT Following a Near-Fatal Gunshot Wound

CASE STUDY Effects of High-Intensity Inspiratory Muscle Training Following a Near-Fatal Gunshot Wound Description: A man who sustained a gunshot wound (via the left axilla which exited from the right side of the abdomen) during armed combat left him with severe thoracic and abdominal injuries. After five months he still reported severe dyspnoea on exertion

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Effects of IMT and Calisthenics-and-Breathing Exercises in COPD

STUDY: Effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training and Calisthenics-and-Breathing Exercises in COPD With and Without Respiratory Muscle Weakness. Published in Respiratory Care (Nov 10 2015), the aim of this study was to “compare the effects of inspiratory muscle training and calisthenics-and-breathing exercises associated with physical training in subjects with COPD as an additional benefit of strength

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Causes Of Inspiratory Muscle Weakness

Weak inspiratory muscles can be the result of a number of causes, including disease, but the amount of ‘exercise’ they receive has a huge influence upon their condition. We use the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ to describe the best way to off-set problems that come with ageing, such as completing crosswords to keep

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Systematic Review of IMT After Cerebrovascular Accident

SYSTEMATIC REVIEW Systematic Review of Inspiratory Muscle Training After Cerebrovascular Accident Martín-Valero R, De La Casa Almeida M, Casuso-Holgado MJ, Heredia-Madrazo A. The objective of this Systematic Review, published in Respiratory Care (November 2015), was to “examine levels of evidence and recommendation grades of various therapeutic interventions of inspiratory muscle training in people who have

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