POWERbreathe has a range of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) devices that are designed to strengthen your breathing muscles, reduce breathing fatigue and improve your quality of life. We offer breathing trainers with different resistance levels to suit specific needs.

Read our guide to learn how POWERbreathe IMT works.

  • How does the breathing trainer strengthen your muscles?

    The POWERbreathe breathing trainer strengthens your inspiratory muscles using a technique called resistance training. Your inspiratory muscles are the muscles you use to breathe in.

    The device creates a resistance to your in-breath, which makes your breathing muscles work harder. Think of it in the same way as you might use weighted dumbbells to strengthen your biceps. This is why POWERbreathe IMT is often referred to as the ‘dumbbell for your diaphragm’.

    When performing breathing training with POWERbreathe, you’ll notice that you have to work harder to breathe in. This is the effect of the resistance training acting on the breathing muscles you use to inhale. Primarily, these muscles are the diaphragm, your main breathing muscle, and the rib cage/intercostal muscles.

    Just as you would use a heavier dumbbell as your bicep strength improves, you can increase the resistance on the breathing device as your breathing strength improves.

    As you can see from the video, breathing training 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.

  • How to use your POWERbreathe IMT device

    Our Plus and Classic breathing trainers require you to manually change the level of resistance. In comparison, the K-Series automatically adjusts the load to match your breath using tapered flow resistance.

    Using your POWERbreathe IMT device is simple. Make sure you breathe out fully and evacuate all the air from your lungs before taking a sharp intake of breath through the device. Repeat this for 30 breaths.

    Find out how to perform the correct breathing technique for POWERbreathe IMT in our video below.

    Adjust the load to match your breath with Plus & Classic range

    For our Plus and Classic range, we recommend that you start at the lowest resistance and only move up a level once you feel comfortable. As you grow stronger and fitter, the resistance may stop challenging you. This indicates it’s time to increase the resistance.

    To adjust the resistance of your Plus device, twist the wheel at the bottom of the breathing trainer. You will be able to see the valve move up the column, and you can read the precise training level on the device.

    To adjust the resistance of your Classic device, remove the handle cover and rotate the load adjustment knob clockwise to increase the training level.

    We suggest turning up the resistance by a quarter of a turn until you can easily manage 30 breaths again.

    On the electronic K-Series, the resistance is constantly monitored and tapered to match your reducing strength throughout the breath. So, the device decides on the best training level based on your breathing.

  • How often do you need to use the inspiratory breathing trainer?

    You should use your breathing trainer for 30 breaths, twice a day – preferably in the morning and evening.

    Following scientific testing, the POWERbreathe protocol was established. This highlights the best way to use your breathing device to produce the desired results.

  • Who is the breathing trainer for?

    Put simply, breathing training is for anyone who breathes since everyone will benefit from stronger breathing muscles.

    POWERbreathe IMT devices are popular amongst three main groups: sport & fitness enthusiasts, people with health conditions, and those working in the performing arts. We’ll take a closer look at how breathing training benefits these individuals.

    Sport & Fitness

    Whether you want to get fit or enhance your sports performance, improving the strength and stamina of your breathing muscles will make exercise feel easier.

    As a result, you will be able to do more, or train more, with less effort. Furthermore, stronger breathing muscles will help delay the onset of metaboreflex – the body’s built-in brake. With a well-trained and strong diaphragm there is greater blood flow to your limbs, and sports performance improves. In fact, there are many benefits of IMT in sport and fitness.

    Older adults & people with medical conditions

    Our IMT devices are also ideal for those with breathing muscle weakness, such as breathlessness. This may be due to a sedentary lifestyle, advancing age or a medical condition such as COPD or heart failure.

    Using IMT, your breathing muscles will become stronger and resistant to fatigue. As a result, these muscles will require less effort during a given task, reducing shortness of breath. Research has found many more benefits of IMT for health and medical conditions.

    Singers, musicians & dancers

    Breath control is essential to perform at your best in all of the performing arts. Exercising your breathing muscles with POWERbreathe will improve their strength. And the stronger your muscles are, the more you’re able to control them.

    With a stronger diaphragm, you will be in a better position to control the movement of your thoracic cavity whilst singing, dancing, or playing a wind instrument. Research shows many benefits of IMT for singers, musicians and dancers.

  • When will you begin to see results?

    After 4-6 weeks.

    To see results, you need to be consistent in your training program. Follow the protocol of 30 breaths twice a day, and you should feel less breathless during activity. At this stage, scientific research shows that you no longer need to use the breathing trainer every day to maintain your improved breathing.

    Once you have reached the peak of your ability, use your POWERbreathe device twice every other day to enjoy reduced breathlessness and improved exercise performance.

  • Will you need to train forever?

    After four to six weeks your breathing muscles should have improved substantially and you should feel less breathless during activity. At this stage, you will not need to use your POWERbreathe IMT breathing device every day to maintain your improved breathing. Rather, using your POWERbreathe IMT device twice every other day will be sufficient to continue to enjoy reduced breathlessness and improved exercise performance.