Does POWERbreathe increase V02max?

POWERbreathe doesn’t increase VO2 but a result of inspiratory muscle training is that it enables greater blood flow to your other working muscles (legs and arms) so that you can exercise for longer without feeling so fatigued. When your breathing muscles get tired, they can ‘steal’ blood from other exercising limbs to supplement their work, so improving the efficiency of the lungs has the knock-on effect of increasing the performance of your other working muscle groups.

What are the POWERbreathe mouthpieces made of?

PVC (Not made with natural rubber latex or and phthalates). All the mouthpieces for the POWERbreathe units are BPA (Bisphenol-A) free. Please see detail below: 

  • POWERbreathe K-Series mouthpiece: – Material Name: NonP650 (no Pthalate or Bisphenol-A plasticisers)
  • POWERbreathe Classic/Plus mouthpiece: – Material Name: Colorite 6811G-015 (uses DOP plasticiser, no Bisphenol-A)

Please note: Other parts of the POWERbreathe products do contain Bispehnol-A but these parts are not in direct contact with the mouth.

I sometimes get neck strain when using my POWERbreathe – why?

Neck problems are very rare when using POWERbreathe but have been known to occur when breathing against very heavy loads and in people with a history of neck injury e.g. whiplash. Our advice is as follows: 

  • In order to warm-up before training with POWERbreathe, perform a warm-up session mode; alternatively perform 10 breaths set the load to 80% of you normal resistance (e.g. if you normally train at level 5, set the POWERbreathe to level 4). Perform a set of 30 breaths at this level prior to training at your normal intensity. This should help warm-up the muscles in the neck and chest 
  • Now perform your normal set of 30 breaths – try to breathe from the chest and diaphragm, keeping your neck as relaxed as possible. If you are still experiencing discomfort, reduce the load slightly – it is important to take controlled breath as well as pushing yourself. Remember that the same principles apply to POWERbreathe as with any other resistance training 
  • If you perform uncontrolled movements at high intensities then you may be increasing the risk of muscle strain. If the pain continues, we would advise that you consult your doctor or chiropractor as the problem is likely to be due a slight displacement of a vertebrae (of the kind experienced when one gets a ‘crick’ in the neck’) rather than to a muscle strain The load results on the POWERbreathe unit and pressure value on the Breathe-Link IMT suite do not correlate.