POWERbreathe user trial: Martin Haines – Best laid plans

Another spanner in the works, talk about ‘best laid plans’. The cardio work has increased over the last 2 weeks more than I’d anticipated due my tearing brachioradialis in my arm. Gutted.  It’s not that common, so I must have some deep biomechanical issues that I wasn’t aware of – embarrassing as I’m a Biomechanics Coach!  So I’ve been doing quite a bit more cardio than I’d planned.  Anyway, that’s starting to progress well as you’d expect and I’ve lost a couple of kilo’s so the old ticker is happy.  I’ve actually started an indoor cycling class, which is fun, but hard work!  I must try a proper spinning class to compare.  Has the powerbreathe had any impact on any the of the cardio work I’ve been doing? I’m not sure to be honest, hopefully I’ll have a better idea in a few weeks.

Thanks

Keep moving freely

Martin

Martin Haines RGRT MCSP SRP MBCA

CEO

Intelligent Training Systems

Chairman

UK Biomechanics Coaching Association

POWERbreathe Trial – Martin Haines: Interesting few weeks

I’ve had an interesting few weeks actually.  I’ve reduced the amount of cardio training I’ve been doing and mainly focused on strength work. This includes weight lifting rather than weight training as such, so; squats, deadlift, cleans etc.  Mixing it up to reduce the boredom factor!  Some time ago I sat one of the UKSCA weight lifting courses and since then I’ve tried to practice what they taught me (often unsuccessfully I’m sure!).   Anyway, usually when I do work that puts a compressive force through my spine, my thoracic spine doesn’t like it.  In previous blogs I’ve mentioned about rib issues I have and I also have an old crush fracture of my T4 vertebra.  These issues are usually enough to cause pain when I do this type of training.

Interestingly though I still get some discomfort, I must say that I haven’t had as much as normal.  I can’t say that it’s down to the powerbreathe, but it’s the only thing that I have done differently, so maybe it is?  Maybe my ribs are moving better, maybe my intercostals are ‘stronger’, maybe its psychosomatic.  Its interesting though. I plan to keep this sort of training going for a while and over the next month or so I’ll increase my cardio work to, let’s see what happens then.

 

Best

Keep moving freely

Martin

POWERbreathe Trial – Martin Haines Week 10: 3 week catchup

“I’m keen to tell you about my last 3 weeks experience with the POWERbreathe.  I’ve not been able to blog on my experiences as I’ve been travelling internationally and every minute has been booked up.  So no time for training either; I‘ve had 2 workouts and 9 holes of golf, poor really.  At the first part of my trip I was actually on a golfing holiday and played 3 rounds in 3 days, and given I only play 3-4 times a year these days, that’s a lot for a 49 year old body to cope with!  I am a 15 handicapper (for those non golfers it means I’m not very good!), but usually play to 15 even though I only play a few times a year.  Generally though I notice after a round of golf that my ribs and thoracic spine are sore and uncomfortable; much of this is coming from my costo-vertebrals (rib joints).  So I was not looking forward to the discomfort after playing 3 times in 3 days.  I’ve been pretty good with the POWERbreathe over the last few weeks and was keen to see if it had any effect.  The difference was quite interesting.  While it would be wrong to say that I had no discomfort, I did have some, but I had significantly less than normal when I go on golf trips. This could of course have been due to any number of different reasons, but I’ve been doing these trips for some years now and have tried many different things to help, and typically of course some do and some don’t.  But I believe that the difference was from the POWERbreathe.  I also noticed a difference in the stiffness in my thoracic spine after this amount of golf; far less than normal too.  Sadly my scores didn’t improve, but as they say miracles take a little longer!

I wonder whether these improvements are because of my asthma when I was younger and the inherent breathing problems this has caused with my costo-vertebrals.  Maybe those with ‘normal’ rib joints wouldn’t see this difference, it would be interesting to hear anyone else’s experiences with the POWERbreathe who have got rib ‘issues’.  “

Martin Haines MCSP SRP MBCA

CEO

Intelligent Training Systems

Chairman

UK Biomechanics Coaching Association

POWERbreathe Trial – Martin Haines Week 9: Fancy a round of golf

This week progress was initially very quick for me when I first started using the powerbreathe, but then since the layoff I had due to injury, progress has been much slower.  This last week I’ve not really been able to train due to work commitments, but I have just had 30 mins at the golf driving range as I’m off on a golfing holiday this weekend.  I figured a bit of last minute brushing up on the golf swing will bring back the prizes!  Time will tell.  It will be interesting to see if the POWERbreathe helps by thoracic spine, which usually hurts after playing golf following a layoff.  I’ll let you know.

Thanks

Keep moving freely

Martin

POWERbreathe Trial – Martin Haines Week 8: Getting back into the groove

“Its great to get back into using the POWERbreathe again.  Its interesting that after the quite rapid progression I felt using the POWERbreathe the first time round, after the enforced payoff I have not had the same speedy improvements.  I’m wondering whether my progress is more in line with normal now and whether the initial response was something to do with my asthmatic tendencies; I was probably at a lower level than most when I first started.

More on progress next week”.

POWERbreathe Trial – Martin Haines Week 7: POWERbreathe starts again

After 3 weeks of pretty much static training, I have started up again.

I started to increase my training now after the injury problems of 2 weeks ago and getting no problems now.  POWERbreathe work is back on too and I am hoping to see some improvement again soon as I did before.

Keep checking back for more updates on my training

POWERbreathe Trial – Martin Haines Week 4, 5 and 6: Static training

“Not much to report this week.  So far I’ve found some interesting changes each week and from what I understand this is not typical; changes seem to take longer for most people. Not sure why I’m different, maybe because I was asthmatic?  Not sure.  My training has been quite static this last 2 weeks, with only 2  CV sessions per week, but August is a quiet month for me usually, so I’m expecting to get much more training in over the next month.  Let’s see what difference that makes.”

Still injured and although its improving quite well, it’s still not good enough to use the POWERbreathe as I’m getting pain on deep breathing.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into it next week.  On the bright side I’ve had more time to work, now I’m not training!!!

“I’ve started to use the powerbreathe again and NO PAIN.  Very happy, and looking forward to getting back into it again”.

Keep moving freely

Martin

Martin Haines MCSP SRP MBC MBCACEO

Intelligent Training Systems

Chairman

UK Biomechanics Coaching Association

POWERbreathe Trial – Martin Haines Week 3: Feeling pretty good

Another interesting week. I played golf for the first time in 9 months this week and I knew about it the following 2 days! I’m in pretty good shape and biomechanically I’m pretty good too, but playing golf at these speeds of movement in the swing is hard to reproduce in a gym, so stiffness is likely when you’ve not played for a while. The interesting thing for me was the thoracic (upper back) stiffness wasn’t as bad as normal and certainly didn’t last as long. With me being asthmatic when I was a kid, my rib joints (costo-vertebral joints) are susceptible when I do any sport (especially golf) and the only reason I can give for them not being as bad as usual is using the powerbreathe. Maybe they have helped my rib joints in some way?

On another note I’m still only on level 1, so I’ve a long way to go!!!

Hope that’s OK. Is their somewhere I can go to look at them and see the others’ blogs?

Keep moving freely
Martin Haines MCSP SRP MBC MBCA
CEO Intelligent Training Systems

Chairman
UK Biomechanics Coaching Association

POWERbreathe Trial – Martin Haines Week 2: Wow, progress already

It’s been over 2 weeks now that I have been using the powerbreathe, and I’m starting to see some progress!  I was very asthmatic as a kid and so I generally find anything to do with my lungs responds quite slowly, which maybe explains that.  I have started to notice a difference when I’m doing my CV work on my bike.  I only have time to get out x 2 per week and I’m usually doing 15 miles in about 50 mins, so I’m no pro, but I have consistently reduced my time by 3-4 mins over the last 2 weeks, and the only thing that has changed is using the powerbreathe.

I must admit that my breathing has felt better and when I’m out doing any CV work it’s the breathing that usually stops me, not usually muscle fatigue.

Its early days and I don’t think I’ll be selected for the Olympics just yet, but I’m starting to see noticeable differences, which is all I’m interested in……more next week.

Keep moving freely

Martin

Martin Haines MCSP SRP MBC MBCA

CEO

Intelligent Training Systems

Chairman

UK Biomechanics Coaching Association