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The condition of your breathing muscles influences how well you can breathe. Effective breathing is important for optimal sports performance and improved fitness – this can be achieved by strengthening your diaphragm with breathing training.
Carrying out breathing training with the POWERbreathe Plus Medium Resistance device makes breathing feel easier, reduces your demand for oxygen during exercise and slows down your heart rate.
Strengthen your diaphragm- Breathing training with the POWERbreathe Plus Medium Resistance focuses on strengthening your diaphragm rather than your lungs. This is because your lungs are a pair of spongy, air-filled organs, and not muscle, and therefore cannot be strengthened.
11 adjustable levels- The POWERbreathe Plus Medium Resistance has 11 adjustable levels. The levels refer to the resistance you will feel on your in-breath.
The range between each training level is broader than that offered by the light resistance model. This means that as your breathing muscles become stronger and you move up one of the training levels by increasing the resistance, there is a larger increase in cmH2O, making training more of a challenge.
This device offers medium resistance on your in-breath, provided by the adjustable, calibrated, spring-loaded valve. This ‘load’ training is similar to weightlifting and provides a variable level of load setting (weight lifted) in increments of 16/17cmH2O, from 23cmH2O to 186cmH2O.
As you become stronger and fitter, the resistance may stop challenging you. When this happens, increase the resistance. Once you have reached the highest level on your device, continue strengthening your diaphragm with the POWERbreathe Plus Heavy Resistance device.
Ergonomic design- The POWERbreathe Plus is the second generation of mechanical breathing trainers and features the following design improvements:
See results after 4-6 weeks- Consistently follow the training regime of 30 breaths, twice a day to feel less breathless during exertion in 4-6 weeks. This is scientifically proven. Learn more about how the POWERbreathe IMT device works in our guide.
Trusted brand- POWERbreathe has over 20 years of experience in creating innovative breathing products to improve people’s health and wellness. POWERbreathe products are recommended by medical professionals and used in scientific research.
When you buy your POWERbreathe Plus Medium Resistance from our site, you can be confident that it’s a genuine model. If you browse other websites, beware of fake lookalikes and devices claiming to be POWERbreathe.
Adjustable Load Selection Range
Please note: Heavy resistance is only for those who have reached maximum loading on a medium resistance model. If you start with a heavy resistance model, you will not experience the benefits of POWERbreathe Plus training and may struggle to acheive higher levels due to the faster progression between loads.
Precise load settings may vary due to: (1) the analogue nature of the calibrated spring tensioner and the precision with which the load is selected; (2) a small effect of inspiratory flow rate upon spring compression such that high inspiratory flow rates lead to greater spring compression, and a small increase in load.
This effect is common to all spring loaded devices, and its size is magnified by increasing spring range (it is larger in a spring with a maximum range of 90cmH2O compared with one with half this range), it is also greater at lower absolute load settings.
Keeping a record of the training level reached and the number of breaths successfully completed per session will help you analyse your progress.
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Precautions & Contraindications
POWERbreathe IMT breathing training is drug-free, suitable for almost anyone and should cause no harmful side effects when used properly. Please read the following precautions and contraindications to ensure that POWERbreathe IMT is used safely and appropriately. You must always consult your healthcare professional before embarking on any new form of exercise and this includes POWERbreathe breathing training.
Healthcare Professional should take into consideration the following conditions before patients use POWERbreathe:
Inspiratory muscle training, such as training with POWERbreathe, is not recommended for patients with certain conditions, including the following:
What's In The Box?
The following items come as standard with every POWERbreathe Plus purchase:
Declaration of Conformity
(verified owner) – December 11, 2022
I bought this product as a precautionary measure for its measured results in keeping systolic blood pressure in a healthy range. I’m writing because it seems to me that the device has an additional “off-label” benefit of significantly improving my posture. The device makers make no claim about this, but it stands to reason that the lung muscles are part of the set that holds us up. With weaker muscles as we age (I’m 66) there is a tendency to slump. I used to consciously correct myself frequently. Now, when I think of it, I find my posture is already good & I’m moving strongly as a result!
– February 9, 2023
Oh, that’s wonderful news Leslie! And thank you for sharing this additional benefit! With so many of us suffering ‘text-neck’ it sounds as though you’ve found a side-effect for improving this. Great news!
– September 24, 2022
I’m interested in PowerBreathe to lower my blood pressure. Will the PowerBreathe Plus light or medium resistance model achieve this? Or do I need to spend a lot more money for the PowerBreathe K Series?
– October 3, 2022
Hello Lisa. The POWERbreathe Plus MR is the alternative model that the research leader Daniel Craighead suggested as a more affordable alternative to the POWERbreathe K3. Probably the most important thing to note is the training protocol that the researchers used. There is a section explaining the protocol used in the blog, IMST to Lower Blood Pressure, under the heading, ‘POWERbreathe IMST How To Do It’.
– September 21, 2022
I am enjoying my Plus (medium). I am a trail runner and do most of my training between 7,500 to 11,00 feet. I am still training at the age of 64. Looking for any advantage I can get. My big question is how to select the appropriate resistance on my device. Are there any recommendations on selecting the most beneficial resistance level?
– September 29, 2022
Hello David and thank you for sharing how you’re getting on with your POWERbreathe Plus MR. The section on ‘Finding Your Correct Training Level’ in this blog should help you find/understand if you’re training at the most appropriate level for you.
– September 10, 2021
What is the difference between:
POWERbreathe Plus – Medium Resistance SKU: PB2005 $65
POWERbreathe Classic – Medium Resistance SKU: PB1002 $39.95 ?
– September 10, 2021
Thank you Ted for your enquiry. The POWERbreathe Classic Medium provides a variable level of load setting (weight lifted) in increments of 20cmH2O, from 10cmH2O to 170cmH2O. Whereas, the POWERbreathe Plus Medium provides a variable level of load setting (weight lifted) in increments of 16/17cmH2O, from 23cmH2O to 186cmH2O. What this means for the user, is that the Plus increases in resistance more gradually than the Classic, making it more manageable. Also, the Plus is a more ergonomic design and has a more comfortable mouthpiece. The training levels are also visible on the handle of the Plus, whereas for the Classic you would have to remove the handle cover to increase the resistance. I hope that helps Ted. Best wishes to you.
– October 5, 2020
Thank you so much for your comment Stu, and we’re delighted to hear how you’ve found your POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training to be so beneficial. We’re very happy the issue was resolved quickly for you so that you didn’t un-do all the good your training had achieved so far.
– October 5, 2020
purchased one at start of pandemic as I have regular respiratory infections caused by substantial vocal fold paralysis and damaged nerve/s in the throat from stuffed operation .Wanted to build up/strengthen diaphragm and throat muscles to help minamise risk .Has definitely be beneficial for me .After approx 10 weeks of daily use unit had a malfunction and rather than requiring me to return it for service etc from Australia due to covid 19 postal delays ,Powerbreathe air expressed me other one -wow,how is that – fantastic and thank you very much to the Team there .Onwards we go ……
Stu from Sydney
– November 29, 2019
An update on my progress
I just wanted to give you an update on my progress with the Powerbreathe. After using it since early August 2 times a day for 30 breaths (up until recently I was only able to do 30 breaths once a day), I now can run over 3 miles in 30 minutes even though I have asthma. I do not use my inhaler and I know using the Powerbreathe is one of the major reasons that it is much easier to run without my inhaler.
(verified owner) – November 29, 2019
(verified owner) – October 7, 2019
Thank you for the brilliant advice over which product I needed. I took your advice and bought the medium resistance one in black. If I had bought the high resistance one I would have been struggling to start. There is a great deal of space for improvement and doubt if I will ever need the high resistance one! Thanks. Have just started using it and even at a low setting it is quite a challenge.
– October 7, 2019
(verified owner) – September 2, 2018
I feel that my lung capacity has greatly improved.
It has been about a month of using the PowerBreathe 30 breaths 2X daily. I feel that my lung capacity has greatly improved.
– September 2, 2018
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