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The POWERbreathe EX1-HR Expiratory Muscle Training (EMT) device is the most challenging of all our EMT devices. It exercises your expiratory muscles at an advanced level to improve your expiratory muscle strength and endurance.
The POWERbreathe EX1-HR offers the heaviest of resistances and is only suitable for those with large lung volumes, and who have reached the highest level on the POWERbreathe EX1-MR device.
It is a light, hand-held and easy to use drug-free breathing training device. It targets your expiratory muscles and exercises them using the principles of resistance training to increase your expiratory strength and endurance.
Expiratory muscle strength training (EMST), along with Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) are elements of respiratory muscle training, designed to improve breathing strength and stamina. EMST targets your expiratory muscles only, including your abdominals, to improve expiratory muscle strength. POWERbreathe EMT targets your expiratory muscles to improve both expiratory strength and endurance.
Who Is Expiratory Muscle Training For?
The POWERbreathe EX1-HR is suitable only for athletes, sportspeople and opera singers who have reached the highest level on the POWERbreathe EX1-MR device, including:
Because your expiratory muscles play an active role in breathing, they will benefit from strength training with the POWERbreathe EX1-HR to improve your breathing stamina and ultimately your sports performance and voice projection during an operatic performance.
Your abdominal muscles are expiratory. Stronger expiratory muscles and abdominal muscles help to control your body when you run, twist and turn, such as in explosive power sports. Furthermore, with stronger expiratory muscles you are able to sustain a more prolonged physical effort, such as when competing. Finally, stronger muscles also help to prevent sports injuries.
The POWERbreathe EX1-HR is useful to sportspeople wishing to improve their sports performance. This is because maximal expiratory pressure (MEP) along with maximal inspiratory pressure (MIP) provides an insight into the breathing muscle endurance of an athlete. A sportsperson is able to improve both these measures by using expiratory muscle strength training (for MEP) and inspiratory muscle training (for MIP).
Your expiratory muscles play a role in breathing control and the flow of breath. And because your abdominal muscles are expiratory, opera singers will benefit from EMST breathing training. This is because as an opera singer you require a strong chest wall and abdominal muscles, and need to maintain large lung volumes.
How Expiratory Muscle Training Works
The POWERbreathe EX1-HR uses expiratory ‘pressure threshold’ loading to exercise your expiratory muscles. It is similar to resistance training with weights. The internal, precisely calibrated ‘heavy’ resistance spring provides the breathing load, or weight, to your expiratory muscles.
You must use the strongest, most forceful breath out in order to open the spring-loaded valve in the device.
The POWERbreathe EX1-HR EMT device features an external dial on the handle that allows you to easily adjust the training load and therefore resistance. When you turn the dial to a higher training level, you are increasing the breathing load and the harder your training will be. If you adjust the dial to a lower training level, you are reducing the breathing load and the easier your training will be.
The POWERbreathe EX1-HR is the heaviest resistance of all POWERbreathe EMT devices. It is therefore very challenging for your expiratory muscles right from the start.
How To Do Expiratory Muscle Training
When you generate enough expiratory power, the calibrated, spring-loaded one-way valve will open at the load you set. This will then allow you to exhale through the device.
The typical training protocol for expiratory muscle training is 5 x 5 x 5 (5 x exhales, 5 times a day, for 5 days a week):
When you start to find training becomes easier to manage, it’s time to increase the breathing load by increasing your training level. We recommend turning the dial by a quarter-turn only each time to see if this is enough of an increase for your expiratory muscles.
Increasing your breathing load is how you continue to challenge your expiratory muscles and is essential if you want to keep improving. But before you turn the dial to a new training level, it is essential to get your technique right. Also, just as you would gradually increase your weights in the gym to prevent injury, so too should you gradually increase your breathing load.
Adjustable Load Setting Range
You can easily adjust the breathing load using the adjustable dial on the handle of your device. To make training easier you will need a lighter resistance. You can easily do this by reducing the training level. To make training harder you will need a heavier resistance. This is achieved by increasing the training level.
The load (in cmH2O) is easily set on the POWERbreathe EX1-HR device by using the marked training levels on the handle. Think of ‘load’ as weight lifted. So, the higher the load/weight (cmH2O), the harder it will be to exhale against the resistance and open the valve.
POWERbreathe EMT devices use cmH2O (centimetres of water) as the unit of pressure. This is because it is what other, long-established devices use to determine lung health. In fact, cmH2O is the unit for measuring breathing on ventilators, CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as, breathing training devices.
By having the spring-loaded valve calibrated to increments of cmH2O, the adjustable load settings on the POWERbreathe EX1-HR EMT device mean that your training improvements are quantifiable. Having adjustable training levels also ensures that your expiratory muscles will always reach an appropriate training intensity for eliciting benefits, such as increasing your expiratory muscle strength.
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