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The POWERbreathe EX1-LR EMT device is an Expiratory Muscle Training (EMT) device. It exercises your expiratory muscles at a beginner level to improve your expiratory muscle strength and endurance.
It is a drug-free, light, hand-held and easy to use breathing training device. It exercises your expiratory muscles to enhance your expiratory muscle structure and function, including breathing strength and endurance.
Expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) is a component of breathing muscle training that targets your expiratory muscles only. EMST exercises the expiratory muscles that assist you with forcefully breathing out, such as when coughing or during extreme exercise. This is when your expiratory muscles will contract to force air out of your lungs. Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) is also a component of respiratory muscle training but targets your inspiratory muscles.
Who Is Expiratory Muscle Training For?
The POWERbreathe EX1-LR expiratory muscle training (EMT) device will be helpful if you feel the need to forcefully empty air from your lungs that is considered more than ‘normal’. This may be due to a medical condition where, for example, you have difficulty swallowing, coughing or speaking.
It is also beneficial to train your expiratory muscles, just as you would your inspiratory muscles as you get older. This is because you begin to lose muscle strength as you get older which in addition to your arm and leg muscles, includes your breathing muscles too.
Wind musicians and singers can also benefit from improving their expiratory muscle strength with the POWERbreathe EX1-LR. Stronger expiratory muscles help control the release and flow of the breath during singing or playing a wind instrument. It can also help to improve the character and quality of the voice or musical sound.
Finally, just as sportspeople can improve their sports performance by increasing the strength and stamina of their inspiratory muscle with IMT, so too can they improve their athletic performance with EMT. Because the abdominal muscles are expiratory, it is important in all sports to keep these strong. Stronger expiratory muscles help with muscle control, particularly important in football and rugby where there is a lot of twisting and turning. But also stronger abs help athletes with explosive performances and prevent injury.
How Expiratory Muscle Training Works
The POWERbreathe EX1-LR EMT device uses expiratory ‘pressure threshold’ loading to exercise your expiratory muscles. Pressure threshold loading is also the method of breathing training that is used in the POWERbreathe Classic and POWERbreathe Plus Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) devices. It is also the most widely studied type of breathing training and now the most used.
Training with the POWERbreathe EX1-LR is like weightlifting. The precisely calibrated ‘light resistance’ spring provides the breathing load. Think of breathing load as the weight lifted. The higher you set the load (measured in cmH2O), the harder it is to exhale against the resistance and open the valve to enable expiration through the device.
The POWERbreathe EX1-LR features an external dial that allows you to easily adjust the training load and therefore resistance. It is marked in training levels from 0 to 10.
How To Do Expiratory Muscle Training
When you breathe out hard and fast enough, the 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 the load you have set starts to feel easy to manage, you need to start increasing it by turning up the dial on the handle. It is recommended that you start with a quarter-turn of the dial to increase the load by the smallest amount.
Adjustable Load Setting Range
You can easily adjust the breathing load using the adjustable dial on the handle to make the resistance lighter or heavier, and training easier or harder.
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 load calibrated to increments of cmH2O, the adjustable load settings on the POWERbreathe EX1-LR EMT device mean that your training improvements can be measured. Having adjustable training levels also ensures that your expiratory muscles will always reach an appropriate training intensity for getting the most benefit.
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