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Research (2021) finds that the use of POWERbreathe for athletes is useful for stimulating sports performance and increasing pulmonary function.

POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training Program

A systematic review and meta-analysis investigates this, and you can read more about it in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Specifically, this review analyses the scientific evidence of the effects of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) using POWERbreathe IMT.

Respiratory Muscle Fatigue In Athletes

Athletes will train intensively and for prolonged periods. Such intense training increases respiratory muscle work. As a result, an athlete’s breathing muscle endurance decreases, inducing breathing fatigue.

The increase in inspiratory muscle work during intense training, will effect blood flow to other muscles. This is the process of respiratory muscle metaboreflex. Basically, it is where the body restricts blood flow to the limbs that are active during training, when the breathing muscles fatigue. You can read more about this in Respiratory Muscle-Induced Metaboreflex. Breathing muscle fatigue is an endurance limiting factor for athletes.

Does POWERbreathe Have Ergogenic Potential?

POWERbreathe for athletes is a drug-free ergogenic strategy that is worth considering for improving athletic performance. It is scientifically proven to improve breathing strength and stamina, reduce breathing fatigue and enhance exercise tolerance.

As a performance enhancing intervention for athletes, the ergogenic effect of POWERbreathe IMT is two-fold:

  1. It delays inspiratory muscle metaboreflex that can result in ‘stealing’ blood flow from other working muscles.
  2. It delays the sensation of effort in exercise, making exercise feel easier.

You can read more about Why POWERbreathe training is an ergogenic aid in this Article 5 in this series of articles on Breathing and Exercise for Ironman.

Scientific Evidence of POWERbreathe For Athletes

The systematic review and meta-analysis finds that,

“the usage of a POWERbreathe device applying a resistive charge greater than or equal to 15% of the MIP (maximum inspiratory pressure) makes it possible to improve overall physical endurance in the diverse athletic fields in which it was implemented.”

IMT Program Using POWERbreathe: Does It Have Ergogenic Potential for Respiratory and/or Athletic Performance?

In addition, the review finds that 12 weeks of IMT achieves the highest increments of MIP, with significant improvements after just 4 weeks.

Athletic Methods Using POWERbreathe

The POWERbreathe Plus Heavy Resistance, POWERbreathe K1, POWERbreathe K3 and the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Live Feedback software are the models that feature in this investigation. And the various fields of sports that it investigates include rowing, cycling, athletics, football and handball. Furthermore, the articles in the study follow our training guidance of 30 breaths-in, twice a day.

POWERbreathe IMT As An Application For Athletes

The results of this review and meta analysis prove that POWERbreathe IMT can train the respiratory muscles to overcome respiratory limitations and improve athletic performance.

“The results presented in this paper would qualify the PwB [POWERbreathe] device as an efficient, easily manageable, and applicable to conventional training routines in various sporting fields; this fact would endorse the usage of IMT to stimulate endurance enhancements in the performance of physical activities”

IMT Program Using POWERbreathe: Does It Have Ergogenic Potential for Respiratory and/or Athletic Performance? A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis