Matt Bottrill is a multi-national time trial champion and Drag2Zero.com team rider and he’ll be using the POWERbreathe K5 to help improve his breathing strength and stamina and time trial performance.
Matt is training hard towards the British Time Trial championships in June and has already started the season this year with a record-breaking ride where he shaved a minute off his previous record.
Matt has since gone on to the first round of the National Time Trial Series in Essex where he competed with the country’s other top riders over a distance of 25.5 miles, crossing the line with a new hill climb record and over two-minutes to spare over the competition. He then went on again to smash a course record in Coalville Wheelers 10, winning the 10-mile time trial in 20’50 – 1’25 off the previous record!
Matt’s training with Drag2Zero.com (specialists in cyclist wind tunnel testing and product development) has already proved hugely beneficial, but one area of training that is often neglected in sports training (although less so now as more positive research in favour of IMT is published) is the training of the inspiratory muscles. Stronger inspiratory muscles results in an improved sports performance, a reduction in whole body effort (making exercise feel easier), and faster lactate clearance.
Matt will be training his inspiratory muscles using the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Software to exercise and strengthen his inspiratory muscles. In a scientific trial inspiratory muscle training using POWERbreathe reduced breathing fatigue and improved cycling time trial performance by approximately 4.6% equivalent to slashing 3-minutes off a 40k time trial.
Matt will be running a fully UCI compliant position during his racing which requires the rider to adopt the standard positions (support points, tip of saddle behind bottom bracket, position of hands on the handlebars, overall rider position). This means Matt will be racing in the traditional hunched position, which will immediately create breathing problems thanks to the contents of his abdomen being compressed up against his diaphragm, restricting normal movement and making breathing feel much harder. In fact, research has shown that cycling as little as 20km at race pace induces significant fatigue of the inspiratory muscles. POWERbreathe targets the inspiratory muscles, strengthening them by around 30-50% and improving their stamina which in turn will significantly help to eliminate breathing fatigue.
We look forward to receiving news from Matt about his POWERbreathe training and his time trial performance, and after he’s been using the POWERbreathe K5 for about 4-6 weeks, we’ll update you.
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