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The POWERbreathe EX1-MR is a hand-held, drug-free breathing device for Expiratory Muscle Training (EMT). It is light and easy to use and exercises your expiratory muscles to enhance your expiratory muscle structure and function. By using it daily, you will improve your expiratory muscle strength and endurance. It exercises your expiratory muscles at an intermediate level to improve your expiratory muscle strength and endurance.
Whereas POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) trains your inspiratory muscles to become stronger, Expiratory muscle training (EMT) targets your expiratory muscles to become stronger. EMT exercises your expiratory muscles, including your abdominals. Your expiratory muscles are the ones you use when you forcefully breathe out, such as coughing, during extreme exercise, singing or when playing a wind instrument. The stronger they are, the more endurance they will have.
Who Is Expiratory Muscle Training For?
The POWERbreathe EX1-MR is designed to improve the strength and endurance of your expiratory muscles.
Your expiratory muscles play an active role in breathing, particularly during extreme exercise and sports training. This is because 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-MR 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).
Finally, your expiratory muscles also play a role in breathing control and the flow of breath in singers and wind musicians.
The POWERbreathe EX1-MR expiratory muscle training is for:
How Expiratory Muscle Training Works
POWERbreathe EMT devices use expiratory ‘pressure threshold’ loading to exercise your expiratory muscles. This is like weightlifting. The weight is provided by the internal, precisely calibrated ‘medium resistance’ spring which provides a breathing load to your expiratory muscles. Because the breathing loads are precisely calibrated, you can be confident that the intensity of your breathing training is quantifiable and appropriate.
The handle on the POWERbreathe EX1-MR features an adjustable dial. This is where you increase (or decrease) the resistance to your out-breath. It. is marked on training levels from 0 to 10, with 0 offering the least resistance and 10 the most.
The calibrated, spring-loaded valve requires you to produce an expiratory pressure (breath out) that is sufficient to overcome the breathing load you set. At this point, the valve then opens and you can hear a rushing of air as you exhale through the device. The valve will then close completely as soon as the pressure is less than the breathing load you set.
If, however, you do not produce enough expiratory force, the spring-loaded, pressure-threshold valve will remain closed, and no air will flow through the device. This means that the training level you have set (and therefore breathing load) is too much for your expiratory muscles at this point in your training. You can easily reduce the load slightly by turning the training level down on the handle.
How To Do Expiratory Muscle Training
When you generate enough power and force as you breathe out, the spring-loaded valve opens at the load you set using the training levels. This then allows you to breathe out 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 find your training becomes easier to perform, it means your expiratory muscles have become stronger and require more of a challenge. You can challenge them further by increasing the resistance using the adjustable dial on the handle. You can increase the training level by a full turn, but it might be better if you turn the dial a quarter-turn first to assess if this is enough of an increase in resistance.
Adjustable Load Setting Range
Although the POWERbreathe EX1-MR offers a ‘medium’ level of resistance to your expiratory muscles, the amount of resistance is still adjustable. It’s a bit like choosing a medium resistance band. You can still adjust the amount of resistance it offers by adapting it. For instance, you would leave it long and loose for less resistance or hold it shorter and tighter for more resistance.
To adjust your breathing load on your POWERbreathe EX1-MR and make the resistance lighter or heavier, you simply adjust the dial on the handle and choose a lower or higher training level. The device goes up to training level 10 which is the most resistance that the POWERbreathe EX1-MR provides.
The load is measured in centimetres of water (cmH2O) and is easily set on the 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 the unit of measurement that is used in medical devices to determine lung health. In fact, it is the unit for measuring breathing on ventilators, CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as, breathing training devices including POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) devices.
By having the spring-loaded valve calibrated to increments of cmH2O, the adjustable load settings on the POWERbreathe EX1-LR 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 and endurance.
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