Last man standing – any coincidence

ColinFestive greetings,

Apologies it’s been a while, I have been rather busy with the usual things in life (NVQ, Youth Work, Kickboxing, General Fitness training, Fund raising, meetings, my regular full time job and of course family life).

The good news is I have almost completed my NVQ  and I have now broken up from Youth Club for Christmas so have my evenings back and have taken a little time out from Kickboxing over Christmas.

 

Over the last few weeks I have been training hard and raising funds for Cancer Research UK for my friend Matt and his family and along the way I have had Powerbreathe on my side.

I have been experimenting with the settings of the Powerbreathe and increased the resistance to give my lungs a great work out. One thing I have noticed while everyone around me appears to be suffering from the winter colds and viruses (this is normally a time when my asthma kicks in full force), I am still going strong. I have managed to keep away all the sniffles and grogginess associated and I’m feeling fitter than ever at the moment (a coincidence?).

Over the last 6 weeks I have also been putting in 110% into my training and also raising money for my friend with sponsored swims and other fitness activities, I have managed to drop 5% body fat in this time and also add 3lbs of raw muscle.

I also have another promotional shoot coming up as some of the last pictures  that were taken didn’t go as planned and my promoter/sponsor was not happy with them! They have agreed that I can do some with my Powerbreathe shirt on and that I am able to tag them and pass them onto yourselves for promotional usage.

Powerbreathe training – I’m still using mine twice per day at the moment (morning and evening), and for 30 breaths each, I slowly increase the resistance over the days for 1 week then go back to the beginning, I feel that this is giving my lungs a progressive work out and as I change the intensity it keeps the workouts interesting.

I have also been planning a new exercise routine for next year and my Powerbreathe training forms a big part to this. So I will be looking to get the most benefit from this breathing training.

I have been reading the journals on Facebook and have been keeping up with most of the Powerbreathe news. Now I have my evenings back to myself again I will be making more contributions.

Hope you are all well over at Powerbreathe Towers? And wish you a very Merry Christmas.

With Love

Colin

POWERbreathe Trial – Colin White Week 4: Time to reflect

Well I’m back in it again, after spending time with my friend and his family, I have learned a lot about myself and my life and also my family.

Having a friend as fit as Matt then realising that even he is not superhuman, makes me realise how lucky I am and how lucky I have been. I am also grateful for my family and friends.

Although I have taken time off from my journal, I have kept up my fitness plan and my POWERbreathe unit plays a major part in my overall fitness.

I am still using it 3 times daily for 30 breaths each time (morning, afternoon and before bed) and still train daily lifting weights, running and teaching Kickboxing.
I have recently purchased a heart rate monitor watch thing-a-me-bob, which I have been wearing daily morning through to evening and monitoring my stats throughout the day.

One thing I have noticed (which I put down to my increasing fitness, and where POWERbreathe plays a huge part) is my “resting heart beat” is 48 bpm. And my recovery after exercise is seconds (compared to my teenage years where I would be coughing for 20 mins or so, need my inhaler, and 2 days to recover).

Since my last update I have been approached by SCI-MX Nutrition to promote their products as they were impressed by my fitness and recovery, I advised my secret weapon was POWERbreathe. 😀

Breathe strong.

Colin

POWERbreathe Trial – Colin White Week 3: Back to it

Since the camping trip I have been training with my wife who is due to run Race for Life on Sunday 24th July which is a distance of 5km. I’m not built to be a runner and prefer to cycle for cardio but thought I would give it a go.

With my PBK3 unit in tow I set to work running in the evenings with Kate.

One thing I did notice was that I was able to run the distance without getting out of breath (the last time I ran for 5k was probably sports day in school sometime in the early 90’s and remember getting so out of breath that I was on a nebuliser!!). I have also increased the intensity of my daily training as I am looking to shift a few lbs, this includes some intense cycling (until I sweat) and curcuit training.

To support this I have increased the resistancy of my PBK and moved from 60 breaths to 90 (30 in morning, 30 afternoon and 30 in the evening).

I have also downloaded a “fitness app” on my phone.

Check back next week for the next instalment

Colin White

POWERbreathe Trial – Colin White Week 2: Carry on Camping

Week 2 saw my PBK3 unit go camping.

I went camping with my family and had to keep things to a minimum, my PBK3 unit was able to be stowed away in my luggage without taking up too much room.
Day 1 of camp. I woke up and wasn’t wheezy despite the obvious damp outside (where is the summer??) I eat breakfast, take 30 breaths on my unit and head off for a morning run…on my return a friend of mine has the unit in his hand “inspecting it” or so he claims?? Asks what it can do so I explain about how it can strengthen my lungs and improve my fitness.

Over the weekend I continue to use the unit (twice a day 30 breaths each)

I also notice I am not using my preventer inhailer as much….coincidence?

Today (Monday 4th July) I visit my asthma nurse and show her the device… A praise for keeping on top of my care. My peak flow reading is up on last visit too 350 compaired to 330.

All round a good week.