Josh Warrell Week 1: The journey begins

My names Josh Warrell and I’m a Personal Trainer & Master Trainer for various products within the fitness industry such as ViPR & FKPro. During my 3 month trial I will be talking about my experience using the POWERbreathe as a Personal Trainer with a range of clients but mostly the experiences of my mother whose profile you will find below.

Name: Denise Warrell

D.O.B: 16/11/1965

Height: 5ft 9

Weight: 11St

Has suffered with asthma all her life, but most recently in October 2010 suffered multiple Pulmonary Embolisms. She was hospitalised for 2 weeks and could not return to work for 3 months. She now suffers from shortness of breath after short burst of activity.

Here is her training diary.

June 8th

Train Test

Load                      31                                            S Index                                 79

Power                   3.0                                          Flow                                      4.5

VOL                      2.1                                          VOL                                       2.3

T Index                                 62% MED

 

June 9th

Train Test

Load                      33                                                           S Index                79

Power                   3.6                                                          Flow                     4.5

VOL                        2.4                                                         VOL                     2.3

T Index                                 65%

Comments: Tightness in the top half of my chest during and after training, a little light headed. Walking & talking at the same time is hard.

June 10th AM

Train Test

Load                      33                                                           S Index                                 93

Power                   4.1                                                          Flow                      5.3

VOL                        1.8                                                         VOL                        2.2

T Index                                 64%

Comments: Tightness more in the upper portion of left lung. Slightly light headed

June 10th PM

Train Test

Load                      38                                                           S Index                79

Power                   2.9                                                          Flow                      4.5

VOL                        1.6                                                         VOL                      2.4

T Index                                 37%

Comments: Tightness in the top half of whole chest during training.

June 11th AM

Train Test

Load                      43                                                           S Index                 85

Power                   3.1                                                          Flow                      4.8

VOL                        1.5                                                         VOL                        2.5

T Index                                 52%

Comments: Woke with tight chest, pain in all of chest during training, light headed for short time

June 11th PM

Train Test

Load                      35                                                           S Index                 87

Power                   2.3                                                          Flow                      5.0

VOL                        1.3                                                          VOL                     3.2

T Index                                 43%

Comments: Breathless slightly all day on exertion, tight chest during training. I feel as though i am getting more of my asthma inhalers as it feels it is going deeper into my lungs with not so much left in my mouth.

June 12th AM

Train Test

Load                      34                                                           S Index                 87

Power                   3.6                                                          Flow                      5.0

VOL                        1.9                                                          VOL                      2.7

T Index                                 60%

Comments: A little wheezy with tight chest today. Pain in my entire chest during training.

June 12th PM

Train Test

Load                      38                                                           S Index                73

Power                   4.1                                                          Flow                      4.2

VOL                        2.0                                                          VOL                    3.2

T Index                                 68%

Comments: Breathless today on exertion tight chest most of the day and during training.

June 13th AM

Train Test

Load                      37                                                           S Index                 79

Power                   4.5                                                          Flow                      4.5

VOL                        2.2                                                          VOL                     3.0

T Index                                 66%

Comments: Chest tight before and during training

June 13th PM

Train Test

Load                      31                                                           S Index                77

Power                   3.1                                                          Flow                      4.4

VOL                        1.7                                                          VOL                     2.2

T Index                                 63%

Comments: Breathless today on exertion tight chest most of the day and during training.

June 14th AM

Train Test

Load                      32                                                           S Index                87

Power                   4.3                                                          Flow                      4.9

VOL                        2.2                                                          VOL                    2.6

T Index                                 69%

Comments:

 

June 14th PM

Train Test

Load                      36                                                           S Index                81

Power                   4.6                                                          Flow                      4.7

VOL                        2.1                                                          VOL                     2.6

T Index                                 68%

Comments: Have felt good today no tightness during the day, breathless tonight on exertion and tight chest during training.

 

June 15th AM

Train Test

Load                      39                                                           S Index               86

Power                   5.3                                                          Flow                      4.9

VOL                        2.0                                                          VOL                    2.7

T Index                                 68%

Comments: A little wheezy this morning tight chest during training

 

June 15th PM

Train Test

Load                      29                                                           S Index               85

Power                   3.9                                                          Flow                      4.8

VOL                        1.9                                                          VOL                    3.0

T Index                                 66%

Comments: Slight tightness while training

 

June 16th AM

Train Test

Load                      33                                                           S Index               103

Power                   5.0                                                          Flow                      5.8

VOL                        2.2                                                          VOL                    1.8

T Index                                 71%

Comments: Chest felt quite clear training felt easier not so tight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Cunningham Week 12 – I need air

Hi everyone I’m back with my 12th journal entry!!  This week has seen the return of the running…still not quite sure why I’ve signed up to do another marathon but hey I have so I better get back in that mind frame asap!  Have to say though it has been a bit of a torture this week….the air quality has been shocking so breathing in itself has been worse never mind trying to run in it as well.

The runs I’ve had have had to be on the coast as that’s about the only place I can catch my breath and there has been more walking than normal but I’m putting that down to the air and my rather lacking motivation!!  Air quality seems to be getting better now though wish we had some sunshine to go with the muggy air but no such luck!  Tuesday and Thursday I went to my usual combat classes – think my toes are now mended enough to try body balance again next week so I’m looking forward to that my legs could use it!

Still haven’t figured out what Farlek training is, this week seems to have just disappeared from me with running, weddings and working!!  I will endeavor to find out for next week when hopefully I will have covered twice as much mileage as well!!  Talk to you all then 🙂

Andrea Cunningham Week 11 – Look on the bright side

21st June 2011

Hi everyone I’m back with my 11th journal entry!! Well this week things are looking up again – well apart from the weather will it ever stop raining!!  Monday I went for a cycle indoors on the interval training option (basically up and down hills) for 10 miles felt ok though I always generally get out of breath when I am doing this!!

Tuesday & Thursday then back to my favourite and combat class….my knee seems to be on the mend as it didn’t hurt at all which is great news.  And then Wednesday I once again took to the bike for more interval training – they say this is pretty good training and I seem to be getting better at it so that’s good news too.  Saturday then hallelujah it didn’t rain until lunch time so I took to the pavement for my first run in what felt like ages!  Wasn’t the best run I’ve ever had the air wasn’t the best at the start of the run as it was very muggy so I decided to reroute and head for the coastal path and it was much better down there.  I only managed about 8miles but my knee held up pretty well with just the odd niggle to contend with so that has defiantly given me the confidence to go out again and boy do I need to get back on the running schedule!

This week coming I’ve a lot of running to catch up on and I’m on a mission to find out what Fartlek sessions are as they are in my training schedule for the marathon obviously this is crucial as they appear a lot on this schedule not that I did any for the Belfast marathon!!  Well talk to you all next week hopefully with some new found knowledge 🙂

Andrea Cunningham Week 9 and 10 – 10k runs every day

6th June 2011

Hi everyone it’s me with my 9th Journal entry.  Well this week started off great when for a run on Monday and Tuesday just 10k each night and my knee is defiantly getting better as it only started to hurt towards the end of the run on Tuesday which is brilliant news as it was starting to get irritating!!  I’ve given combat a miss this week too in the hope the break would do it good so that’s probably helped as well.

On Wednesday disaster struck I managed to rip off my wobbly toe nail ouuccchhh about covers it!  So since Wednesday I haven’t been able to get socks or trainers in fact any closed shoes at all on my feet 🙁  Hopefully though this will be a good thing in the long term as it had been sore for some time though I now have a horrible looking foot which isn’t so great with summer (I hope) around the corner!!!

Friday then I decided to give the bike another go – bare footed of course so I just did interval training for 10miles and the same on Saturday and my knee didn’t hurt at all.  I know I haven’t been the most productive with exercise this week but I defiantly noticed a difference as I was able to increase the resistance on the bike to one higher without getting too much out of puff which is great news.

I still haven’t got round to trying my POWERbreathe DVD but since I’m now bare footed this week ruling out the gym and the pavement it is the perfect opportunity to give it a go!  I’m looking forward to trying something new so I’ll let you all know how I get on in next weeks journal talk to you all then 🙂

13th June 2011

Hi everyone I’m back with my 10th journal already!! This week I took a complete break from any kind of exercise to try and let my war wounds heal so this weeks read won’t be very interesting at all!  At the start of the week it was great but it has started to drive me demented now…I seemed to have replaced exercise with a whole heap of extra work which was no fun at all!

At the weekend then I decided it was time to face the marathon training programme again in preparation for the Dublin marathon…cant actually believe I am going to do it all again what was I thinking springs to mind as I read the 21 week programme 😮  The Dublin marathon organisers have been good though in giving you different training programmes to what time you would like to finish in…I think I can safely rule out the 2 ½ – 4hr programmes!!!

So all being well next weeks journal will be back to normal and full steam ahead with running again!  Can’t wait to see what difference my PowerBreathe has made now as it seems a long time since I’ve been out on the road!!  Talk to you all then 🙂

Andrea Cunningham Week 7 and 8 – A knock back with my knee

23rd May 2011

Hi everyone I’m back with my 7th journal entry.  This week hasn’t been too successful for any kind of exercise at all!! My knee had been giving me a bit bother so the only exercise I managed was a 15 mile cycle Monday and Tuesday 🙁

I then flew to London to hospital Wednesday night and only got home tonight so I haven’t even managed to use my PowerBreathe machine while I’ve been away.  However the PowerBreathe training must definitely be working as my asthma would definitely be worse with pollution and for all the walking we did and I had very little problem so this is great news for me!!  I’m home now though so I’ll get back to training this week, though I might just give Monday night a miss to catch up on some much needed sleep and hopefully the mental weather that is forecast doesn’t appear so I can get out on the road again later in the week.

Well that’s all for now folks talk to you next week when hopefully I’ll have a lot more to fill you in on 🙂

31st May 2011

Hi everyone I’m back with my 8th journal entry.  This week has been a little better than last week – though that wouldn’t be hard so I’m on the mend woohoo!  Monday I was a bit tired so no exercise at all but Tuesday I bit the bullet and went back to combat and although I may have been dreading it going to it, it defiantly made me feel better afterwards.  They say its a fiercely energetic program inspired by martial arts which draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai  (muay thai is the killer) so you strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness – well that’s the aim anyway!!  Which my toes would hurry up and heal so i can go back to Body Balance now!!

Wednesday I went for a small run though my knee is still a bit sore so I knocked it on the head at 4.5miles and Thursday I went back to combat!  All exercise was indoors this week as the weather has just been horrific here so windy and torrential rain I am told though it is to get better next week thank goodness I’ve had enough of this weather!!  Friday I had planned on trying Zumba after work but as it turns out Belfast was a complete standstill with 14 security devices so it took me several hours to travel about 10miles so it was a very very large glass of wine and some dinner for me after I eventually got home!  Sunday I had decided to brave the weather and hit the pavement but to my shocker it wasn’t raining so while the going was good I decided rather reluctantly I should tackle my grass which was now a small forest and it’s only a small garden.  So it took me a lot longer than anticipated and I was in no mood for a run afterwards my legs and arms ached…that’ll teach me for letting it get so long!!

Still using my Powerbreathe every morning and evening so next week when I hit the pavement I hope to see a good improvement and fingers crossed the weather will be much better as I know I have shorts somewhere and I’d like to wear them this side of winter i.e sometime soon, I don’t ask for much 🙂  Well that’s all for now folks talk to you next week!

Andrea Cunningham Week 5 and 6 – What a feeling

9th May 2011

Hi everyone I’m back with my 5th journal entry.  Well I did it 26.2miles complete…such a great feeling!!!  Did not appreciate the hot weather though having done nearly all of my training in the cold it certainly was a shock to the system.  Having said that though my breathing was defiantly much better than it had been a month ago even in the heat so my POWERbreathe training is definitely working!

That was on Monday and I was straight back to work on Tuesday nonetheless I was on a high all week!  I haven’t been able to get my trainers back on my feet though as I now have a couple of wobbly toe nails so the only exercise I’ve been able to do since then has been a few bike rides inside at home (without shoes)!!!  Thursday I decided the only way my sore legs were going to recover was to try to do something so15miles on the bike sorted them out and then I did 10miles on Friday and the same on Saturday.

I cant say I enjoyed all of the marathon especially from 21-25miles I perhaps could say I hated that part though up to 21miles and the 25-26.2 miles were ok but the feeling was so good when I finished I’ve decided to do it all again in October for the Dublin marathon….perhaps I was drunk on adrenaline when I agreed to it but I’m hoping if I maintain and improve my fitness now for this one I will do much better and hopefully will find it easier!  Who knows but I’m going to give it shot anyway so I won’t be hanging my trainers up anytime soon!

16th May 2011

Hi everyone I’m back with my 6th journal entry.  Well this week I’ve been varying my training at last something other than running!!  Tuesday and Thursday I ran 10k both on the treadmill as the weather has been pretty shocking here this week unfortunately and for some reason now my knee hurts!!  I mean I run a million miles for training for the marathon and now an easy couple of 10ks and my knee starts to hurt hopefully it’ll fix itself in a few days.

I also went to Body Combat on Tuesday & Thursday which is a non-contact martial arts based class which is a mixture of Karate, Tae Kwan Do, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Tai Chi.  Before the marathon this class used to absolutely kill me but surprisingly I didn’t find it anywhere near a tough as I used to, hooray!!

I’ve still been using my PowerBreathe everyday morning and night and increasing the load slightly when I’ve been able to do the 30 breaths in one go!  Though I had a small operation on Friday and I haven’t been feeling great since so I’m afraid to say I’ve had to set it aside for the last few days but I’ll get back into it tonight.

Hopefully this week coming the trainers will be back on and I’ll tackle my first 10miler since the marathon (and I for one never ever thought I’d say those words again)!!  Well that’s all for now folks talk to you next week 🙂

Andrea Cunningham Week 3 and 4 – Getting into the swing

26th April 2011

Hi everyone well this week has been relatively quiet compared to last week as I’m on the tapering down to the marathon now so I was only allowed to run 20 miles over the week according to the schedule I’ve been following.  Monday and Tuesday I ran on the treadmill just to try and quicken myself up (which doesn’t appear to be helping at the minute!!) and I went to body balance again on Tuesday and Thursday!

Friday then I hit the tarmac once again for 10 miles but the weather was warm and there wasn’t very much air so I found this quite hard just couldn’t catch my breath….I’m hoping the weather isn’t like that for the marathon or it could take me a lot longer!  It seems this week even though I haven’t been running so many ridiculous miles I’m absolutely knackered, I think all the mileage has defiantly crept up on me as my legs are so tired and feel like lead blocks at the minute!

I’ve still been using my POWERbreathe machine everyday twice a day 30 breaths in the morning and 30 at night but this week I’ve only been able to increase it by one click – I think the air quality this week hasn’t been the best so my chest is a littler tighter than normal!  I’m all set to try out the DVD this week so I’ll let you know how I get on, until next time folks and don’t forget if you have a few pennies to spare please sponsor my big run for charity Sponsor Joanne and Andrea

1st May 2011

Hi everyone,  well if last week was quiet I’ve practically been horizontal this week!  I’m still on the tapering down to the marathon on Monday 2nd so I was only allowed to run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week then no further exercise at all!  On these days I just ran on the treadmill but only 5 miles each day to try and go quicker and keep my legs moving!

I’m starting to feel like a bear storing food for winter its all about the carbs, carbs and more carbs this week and as much water as I can consume!  Its not long now though and I am starting to get very nervous about the big day!  The weather here hasn’t broken so it is still quite warm…too warm to run in when you have asthma to contend with!  However I have been using my POWERbreathe everyday and even though last week my breathing was shocking in the weather and trying to run I have seen a definite improvement this week so fingers crossed everything will be OK on the day!

The later part of the week the only exercise I was allowed to do was a walk on Saturday just to keep my legs moving and then I was told to conserve all energy for Monday!  I’ve been conscious of not wanting to overdo it this week so I’ve only increased the level by one click on my POWERbreathe but I am defiantly seeing signs of improvement already!

Well next week all 26.2miles of the Belfast marathon will be done and i will let you know how I get on, wish me luck 🙂

Andrea Cunningham Week 1: My POWERbreathe Journey

Hello my name is Andrea Cunningham and I am currently training for the Belfast marathon on 2nd May but I have asthma so I am finding it difficult to breath, I had heard about POWERbreathe and decided I would get the POWERbreathe Sports Performance plus model in the hope it would improve my lung function to enable me to train harder and better.  In the beginning I couldn’t run very far at all without getting out of breath a mere 200metres probably!!  Gradually with time I have got much better but still after about 1mile I get out of breath so now I have started using the POWERbreathe Sports Performance plus model in the hope it helps!!

I’ve had the model about 2 weeks now and in the beginning it did take some getting used to clipping your nose shut and breathing through the machine with my ears popping but I am getting used to it now and I make sure I leave it out so I remember to use it each morning before I leave for work and every evening.  I started off at level 0 for the first few days as I did find it quite hard to do 30 breaths in one go but that was also probably because I wasn’t used to the machine.  Now I am gradually increasing the load and I am nearly at level 1.  This week instead of long runs my training has consisted of interval training where you run for 1kilometre and then walk for 3minutes ten times in a row so you are constantly pushing yourself so it difficult to know if there has been any improvement yet as this is hard to do I am always out of breath anyway!!  Next week it’s back to the last of the long runs before the big day and then interval training again the following couple so I hoping by the time I get back round to it I will be much better.

I am running the Titanic 10k race this Sunday so I am eager to see if any improvement had been made with my breathing already though I know it has only been a short space of time.  With very little time on my hands at the minute as I am having to run so many miles everyday after work I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time discovering my new purchase but I fully intend to use it to warm up on Sunday using the guidelines and I now have a POWERbreathe fitness DVD so I cannot wait to try that out at home in the next couple of weeks!  Well that’s all for now folks until next week, I’ll let you know how I get on wish me luck!!  If anybody is feeling generous and can spare a few pennies all this torture is for a great charity and you can sponsor me online at: www.justgiving.com/joanneandandrea

Simone Lester Journal: Model used – POWERbreathe Plus Fitness Medium resistance

Model used: POWERbreathe Plus Fitness – Medium Resistance

Day 1

I have been meaning to try my POWERbreathe Plus for some time, but for whatever reason I kept putting it off and finding excuses not to use it. Finally I found the motivation and picked it up. I set the resistance to level 4, breathed through it and thought, “wow this is really difficult”. Maybe it’s because I believed my breathing muscles would be strong, as I work out at the gym 2-3 times a week as well as regularly swim and cycle, but I cranked it back down to level 1 and carried out my 30 breaths, so much for me thinking it would be easy. We all take our breathing for granted; the only other time I really think about it is when I take part in a yoga class. On completion of a yoga class, but I do feel at one with myself (cheesy I know). I think this has a lot to do with seriously thinking about breathing and the relationship it has with your well-being. This made me think that POWERbreathe would also be great as a relaxation tool. I’m going to try it again this evening as I feel it will be really beneficial on helping me ‘wind down.’

Day 3

Today I participated in an ActiBreathe class using my POWERbreathe; I found it difficult to exercise as well as using my POWERbreathe, perhaps this was due to the fact that my brain is too small to multitask and I thought I could do more than one thing at a time! I prefer using it standalone as this gives me time to think about my breathing and the effect it has on the rest of my body.

Day 7

I didn’t use my POWERbreathe today as my glands feel swollen and my chest is aching – telling me I have used it properly and it’s not as easy as it seems. I did clean my POWERbreathe last night using the cleansing tablets, and I know this sounds really sad but I was impressed with the result

Chris Lord Journal: Model used – POWERbreathe Plus Medium Resistance

Model Used: POWERbreathe Plus – medium resistance

Wednesday 16th March 2011

Today was the day I integrated my POWERbreathe training into the chest section of my workout – My usual regime is a two-day split focussing on my upper body one day then on my lower the next. I achieved this by breathing in through my POWERbreathe as I lowered the bar in a bench press and found that it really expanded my chest and stimulated my intercostals – wow I thought. Tomorrow I’m going try doing some squats whilst using my POWERbreathe!

Monday 21st March 2011

I used my POWERbreathe ‘Fitness’ Plus in some of my weight training again today and it felt great. I used it whilst doing my Triceps Dips. I breathed in against the resistance as I dropped into the dipped position. This really worked my intercostals and also focussed my breathing. I’m doing some interval training later in the week and will try to incorporate my POWERbreathe into that too.

Monday 28th March 2011

I’ve been doing my 30 breaths of POWERbreathe training twice a day now but I’ve also been doing POWERbreathe Warm Ups. The new K3 unit is great for this because it automatically sets the perfect warm up resistance prior to my workout. It certainly makes me feel ready for the training ahead.

Monday 18th April 2011

After trying out the ActiBreathe AbsCoreMore workout at the FitPro Spring convention I have been using my POWERbreathe while exercising on my abs ball, which feels great and trains my breathing and my abs at the same time, with the POWERbreathe really intensifying my workout. In the evenings I still use my POWERbreathe kinetic to check my Strength tests – I got 196cmH20 yesterday and should hopefully break 200cmH20 by the end of the week, fingers crossed!

Monday 25th April 2011

Over the course of the last few weeks I have been making the most of the cool-down option on my POWERbreathe K3 and been doing this immediately after my training to help with recovery. Just focussing on my breathing for a few minutes after an intense session also helps me relax, something I have also found beneficial