Heartening Words From A POWERbreathe User

We’d like to thank Karl Coan for emailing us with this, his POWERbreathe story…

To whomever it may concern.

This may not be the correct way to contact you. I’m a 35year old man, who for all of my life has struggled with asthma. Bear with me, at school I could never run much further than 200m. I was put into a 400m race by an encouraging PE teacher, made it to the finishing line but collapsed.

I felt held back all my school life and this continued into my adult life. Although my asthma had faded in as far as how much it affected me as I got older, I still couldn’t do anything that involved anything too much in the way of cardiovascular activity. So I turned to weight training and lower cardio activities.

There have been many things I would have liked to have done in both my school and adult life, one thing I wanted to do was join the army. Asthma has stopped me from doing this. It embarrassed me if I’m honest.

Last year I hurt my back, injuring my L5. I had to take time off of work and felt useless. I read a book about a guy who climbed Kilimanjaro even though he was asthmatic and how great it was for him mentally. I thought it was great that he summited Kili, and have always thought even as a child how great it would be to climb a mountain. I decided it was something I needed to do.

I started researching asthma and breathing aids, this led me online to your company. I bought a POWERbreathe K3. I started using it and tried to start running. I ran 0.7mile to start, which I found hard; I spent the next few months slowly building my distances and by the end of last year was running up to 4miles! This meant a lot to me. I had also been walking/hiking in Wales.

I then decided 2015 would be my year, I took on a white collar boxing match in February, for this I had to train very hard cardiovascularly, I won my fight, though very hard. Next on the list was a half marathon which I completed, couldn’t believe I could run this far, dreamt as a child that one day I might be able to. Then I wanted to complete the Welsh 3000’s or 15 peaks challenge. I did this in June this year, all 15 3000ft peaks completed in 13hrs20mins, a very respectable time. All of this building fitness and strength for a mountain.

I didn’t want to do Kilimanjaro, but instead I wanted to climb Europe’s highest peak, the Elbrus in Russia. I said that if I managed to do it I would contact you. I did it!

Nothing that I have done has been easy and I’m not saying it was any harder for me than for anyone else, but it has been tough and being stubborn has helped no end.

I believe the POWERbreathe unit I used is the thing that made the difference and enabled me to complete my challenges; that and hard work. I’ve pushed my body to limits I thought I could never reach. I’m not stopping here. I want to reach my full potential. Next year I hope to head to the Himalayas to challenge myself with a tougher, larger mountain…. and who knows what else. I wish this product was available to me as a child, or that I had better guidance, maybe things would have been much different for me in terms of fitness and career.

Anyway to someone I feel I owe a huge thanks to, you opened up my world and are helping me reach my dreams.

Regards,

Karl Coan

POWERbreathe and my story by Adam Walsh

We would like to share with you this story that we received out of the blue. As you read on you’ll see why we wanted to share it, and we hope it inspires and motivates all of us to not give up when the going gets tough.

We asked permission from Adam, whose story this is, to reproduce it word for word, and share it, and he kindly gave his permission. Adam’s story reminds us at POWERbreathe of why we do what we do, everyday, so thank you Adam for sharing your story with us – and now with your POWERbreathe friends too.

Here’s Adam’s story…

To Whom it May Concern

I wanted to write and tell you about my story and how my PowerBreathe Plus helped me get back to fitness and raised my performance over and above my expectations.

In 2012 I entered Ironman Australia. This was to be my first Ironman. Thinking that this might be my only Ironman, I wanted to do all I could to have a successful race. One element was focusing on breathing. For me 1%ers all add up so I purchased a PowerBreathe Ironman Plus to give me that extra advantage and extra confidence going into the race. I completed Ironman Australia in 10hr 15min, which was a surprise but hugely rewarding. Not surprisingly I wanted to do another.

My real story though starts in late 2013. I had entered Ironman Melbourne 2014 with a specific goal of getting close to or under 10hrs. Focusing on my weaknesses over winter and building strength I was feeling on track to achieve that goal. However, in late October I was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to hospital. In the previous weeks I had continued to train despite being in pain, which included a three-day cycling camp in the Victorian high country. Upon admission the diagnosis was a fluid filled right lung crushing my lung tissue and reducing my breathing capacity to only one lung. I spent 10 days in hospital including surgery to remove the fluid.

Upon release from hospital I was told that Ironman in March was unlikely.

I had entered Shepparton 70.3, however I couldn’t compete because I was in hospital. Watching club members and friends compete only made me more determined to race again that summer.

On medical orders I was told that through December I wasn’t allowed to train because there was a risk of re-infection. In fact I had lost 7kg including all my strength and I was struggling to walk the dog around the block. My focus was to re-activate my lungs. This is when I remembered my PowerBreathe. So through December twice a day, I used it as part of my deep breathing rehab and to strengthen my lungs. By Christmas I was back in the pool and on the bike. I even entered a criterion on Boxing Day, coming a surprising 4th.

On 7 January I was released from hospital care following a final review with the respiratory specialist. This meant I was cleared to return to training. My first goal, finish Challenge Melbourne on 2 February. With less than four weeks to prepare after 2 months away from training it wasn’t going to be easy. I trained carefully and specifically and kept up my PowerBreathe routine. Come race day I felt prepared, or at least as prepared as I could be. The end result? A 4:37 half ironman and approx 7 min personal best time.

It was very emotional crossing the line because of where I had come from and realising that Ironman Melbourne was no longer a dream.

Continuing with my IM preparation I combined my PowerBreathe routine with an eight-week altitude-training program. The combined lung capacity and strength from using PowerBreathe meant that I was able to take advantage of the benefits of the altitude training, or at least that was what the training specialists said. All I knew was that I was breathing better and felt more energized than ever.

Come Ironman race day I couldn’t believe that four months previous I was having surgery and told by the respiratory surgeons I wouldn’t be able to race. Standing on the start line was an amazing moment because not only was I there, I knew that my original goal of sub 10 hours was achievable…

…and it was. My final time was 9hrs 53 mins. A personal best from Port Macquarie 2 years earlier of over 20mins. Aerobically I felt strong and I know that was from my PowerBreathe routine.

When people ask about my race I always talk about the 1%ers, about how focusing on the little things can make a big difference on the day and about how your product gave me the strength to keep going through those dark months.

My next challenge? Qualifying for the World Duathlon Championships in my hometown of Adelaide. I know that as I prepare to qualify and prepare for the race my PowerBreathe Ironman Plus will be part of that routine.

Kindest Regards,

Adam Walsh, Australia

Using Shaker Plus for my Cystic Fibrosis – my 2 weeks’ progress report

After 14 days of using the Shaker Plus for 30-40 mins twice daily I broke my magic 5 liter volume barrier. My max was 4.8. Magic! I was expecting improvements in maybe a month or two. I’m lost for words.

I knew it was only a matter of time as I could sense the improvements were there. I thought maybe in a month or so, but this is outrageous… To break 5 liters for volume first time ever. I’ve only had it less than 2 weeks — 30-40 mins twice daily. Obsessive?

Regards
Edward.

You can read Edward’s story about why he came to use the Shaker Plus and his experience of using it in his original blog, ‘Using the Shaker Plus as physiotherapy for my Cystic Fibrosis’.

If you have an inspirational story that you’d like to share then please leave a comment here or share it on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter as we’d love to hear from you.

Using the Shaker Plus as physiotherapy for my Cystic Fibrosis

Edward's results

We received this wonderful story from Edward Wandasiewicz, a cystic fibrosis patient who started using the Shaker Plus by POWERbreathe 10 days ago and is already experiencing some very encouraging results. Here’s his story…

“I purchased about 10 days ago a Shaker Plus for physiotherapy for my cystic fibrosis. I also purchased a POWERbreathe Plus for IMT. I thought I’d use one for mucus clearance (the Shaker Plus) and the other (Powerbreathe) for taking 5-10 breaths after my inhalers to suck the already resting particles even further down. Repeating this action I should get clear airways at level 22-23 of my airways and inhaler particles down there too. That’s the theory anyway…. I’ve been using the Shaker Plus for 30-40 mins twice daily. I actually enjoy doing physio now.

I purchased a medical grade spirometer from Carevision, the Micro 1. My cystic fibrosis clinic at Royal Brompton Hospital use Microloop. Here are my numbers – from a slow blow PEF 50% (Peak Expiratory Flow), and a fast blow 99%. The numbers today for a slow blow FEV1 (Forced Expiratory Volume) and FVC (Forced Vital Capacity) are higher than a fast blow FEV1 and FVC when I was 24-25, my peak best. When I was about 25, the fast blow numbers were FEV1 about 2.2 and FVC about 4.7. Today fast blow is about 2.06 / 4.36. I also had an instantaneous pneumothorax at 29 repaired with talc surgery at 29 and I’m 39 now. No known problems post-surgery since. Here’s a photo of my results for slow blow and fast blow.

I’ve been using the Shaker Plus at level 2 and the results are nothing short of jaw dropping. I sent pictures of my results to my cystic fibrosis team. They can’t believe it either. Think I’ve been inhaling fairy dust or got some kalydeco trial drugs from somewhere. Rest assured I have not.

I actually feel clear and strong like I was when I was 25.

How I came to use Shaker Plus and POWERbreathe

About 15 years ago, in 1995 or so, physio therapist Jennifer Pryor did a trial using the cornet / pep mask / acapella / flutter at the Royal Brompton. She also wrote a few books including Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems but she has retired now. I ended up choosing the cornet as my favourite device and still do to this day. Unfortunately they don’t make the device or the rubber tubing anymore and it’s become fragile due to hot water cleaning.

I was an inpatient at the Royal Brompton Hospital, and gave autogenic drainage (AD) a go. I found it ok: about 50/50, maybe 60/40 in favour of AD. The cornet is like blowing air underwater in a swimming pool; it really reaches deep down.

On the day of discharge, I picked up a common cold and had to stay in for an extra week. If ever there was a time to continue doing physio, this was it. I had a read of Respiratory Muscle Training: Theory and Practice and hence came across the Powerbreathe website. I gave the Powerbreathe Plus beginner model and Shaker Plus a go.

The Shaker Plus is an awesome device. It’s like the Flutter but a little stronger and much more effective. I compared how much I cleared using the two devices i.e. between my favourite cornet and the Shaker Plus, and the Shaker Plus cleared twice the amount in half the time.

I have developed my own modifications when using the device, such as covering one or two of the holes on the cap to increase resistance or stop air being blown out, being blown back into my eyes.

It’s a great device to use lying on your side too, as you can change the mouthpiece angle. It’s really easy to clean too with no awkward parts like the cornet.

After my purchase of the Shaker Plus 10 days ago, I had a go at spirometry. My results for a slow blow (SEF) measuring FEV1 and FVC equivalents are now greater than a fast blow (FEV) measuring FEV1 and FVC from my early/mid 20s. I have an asthmatic component to my Cystic Fibrosis which makes a fast blow more spurious on results.It’s my favourite physio device now, by a few litres…

I’m possibly going to put the Powerbreathe Plus to one side for the time being. I’ve had one physio say it should be ok to use on a light resistance, given my collapsed lung 10 years ago, but I’m awaiting confirmation from my consultant as it was repaired with talc surgery. I’ve been using a few breaths here and there, but not continuous or too strong. But even from minimal use, I do notice a significant stronger inhalation with my puffers.

I actually feel clear and strong like I was when I was 25. Many thanks for all your hard work and research.”

Regards,
Edward

Message from POWERbreathe: We’d like to thank Edward for getting in touch with us and sharing his amazing story and experience, and we hope that his story inspires others with Cystic Fibrosis to ask their physiotherapist about using this expectoration device that helps mobilise pulmonary secretions without the use of drugs.

We’d also like to offer Edward our best wishes for continued good health and improvement.

If you too have an inspirational story that you’d like to share with others then please leave a comment here or share it on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter as we’d love to hear from you. Why not also read our blog written by Evan Scully who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and has written about his first experience of using POWERbreathe.

Lenka Masná, POWERbreathe user, achieves Personal Best at World Championships

Czech Republic athlete Lenka Masná recently came 8th in the 800m at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow this summer, achieving a new Personal Best (1:59.56).

Lenka has been using POWERbreathe since 2011 when she suffered an injury and began looking for some form of training that would keep her in condition and help prepare her for competition. She felt that training with POWERbreathe would keep her respiratory system in good condition and found that when she returned to training her breathing wasn’t as demanding.

Lenka started keeping a POWERbreathe Training Diary of her respiratory paramaters as she trained, just as a visual reminder of how she was progressing. She said, “Improvements in power and watt values were evident already after almost a month of breathing, I felt positive changes.”

In addition to breathing training, Lenka also used her POWERbreathe during recovery as it can help speed lactate clearance more effectively than traditional active recovery strategies.

You can read the full interview with Lenka, conducted by our POWERbreathe friends and distributor in the Czech Republic, Truconnexion, on their website.

Read more about why you should incorporate POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training into your running training, or if as a runner you’re already using POWERbreathe, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter as we’d love to hear about how you’ve benefited from this breathing training. You can also read more about POWERbreathe and running training in the Blog’s Running and Sprinting category.

POWERbreathe Korean runners take top spots

Apsun Inc, our POWERbreathe friend and distributor in South Korea, were delighted to share the news with us all that their POWERbreathe sponsored athletes, Yeunsik Ham and Eunhee Youn were the first male and female runners across the finishing line at the inaugural Guam International Marathon 2013 in April.

There were more than 2,100 runners, and POWERbreathe athletes Yeunsik and Eunhee came first with times of 2:43:7 and 3:08:49 respectively.

The marathon is Guam’s first race officially certified by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.

“POWERbreathe is the best” said Yeunsik Ham

Yeunsik Ham is a professional Ironman triathlete, and here’s what he said about POWERbreathe,

“When I had a hard training, I usually experienced a short of breath before I knew POWERbreathe. I knew that it wouldn’t work out unless I strengthen the inspiratory muscle. When I heard about POWERbreathe, I felt immediately ‘This is what I have been looking for’.

After two months of the training with POWERbreathe, I won at 2013 Guam International Marathon full course for men thanks to POWERbreathe. My breath was very stable and controlled during the marathon. I truly believe the effect of IMT using POWERbreathe. It is also attractive to me that POWERbreathe can be used for recovery.

I think that POWERbreathe is the best item for better performance and strengthening inspiratory muscles.”

Here are just some of Yeunsik Ham’s major achievements:

  • 1st 2013 Guam International Marathon for men
  • 1st 2012 Jeju International Ironman Triathlon
  • Overall 6th 2011 Ironman Korea Jeju
  • 1st 2010 Jeju International Ironman Triathlon
  • 1st Jeju Superman Triathlon 2010
  • 3rd 2009 Jeju International Ironman Triathlon
  • 1st Nichinan Ultra Marathon 100km, Japan, 2007
  • 1st Seoul Ultra Marathon 100km, Korea, 2006 (It was Korean new record : 6:35:57)

You can view photos of Yeunsik Ham’s personal Trainer on Facebook, and see what a fabulous sense of humour he has. It shouldn’t just be all hard work!

“I believe the effect of POWERbreathe” said Eunhee Youn

Eunhee Youn is also a professional Ironman triathlete and marathon runner, and here’s what she said about POWERbreathe,

“I had experienced a short of breath during speed training and hill training before I knew POWERbreathe. When I tested with POWERbreathe K5 for the first time, the result was in a normal range. If I could strengthen inspiratory muscles from IMT, I thought it could also help my performance.

I used POWERbreathe before and during and after training.

Before starting training on the treadmill, I slowly walked on the treadmill with POWERbreathe for warming up. I also used POWERbreathe before and after strengthening training and even when I had no training. Recently I had a hill training and my legs were tired but I felt very comfortable with breathing. The span of recovery also shortened a lot after speed training.

Even though the weather was very hot in Guam, I won at 2013 Guam International Marathon full course for women thanks to POWERbreathe. I believe the effect of POWERbreathe. Thank you POWERbreathe.”

Here are just some of Eunhee Youn’s major achievements:

  • 1st 2013 Guam International Marathon for women
  • 1st National Marine Sports Games BUAN triathlon 2012
  • 1st Jeju Superman Triathlon 2012
  • 2nd AVIVA Singapore IRONMAN 70.3 Relay Marathon

Here at POWERbreathe Towers we’d all like to send our congratulations to both Yeunsik and Eunhee for their fantastic achievement at the Guam International Marathon, and wish them all the best for future competitions. And a big thank you to Apsun Inc for the POWERbreathe training guidance they’ve provided to these two great athletes. We’re looking forward to hearing more about how Yeunsik and Eunhee not only progress with their POWERbreathe training, but in their future events too. Good luck from us all!

Read more about why you should include POWERbreathe IMT as part of your marathon training and triathlon training, or if you’re a runner and are already using POWERbreathe, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum as we’d love to hear about how you’ve benefited from this breathing training. You can also read more about using POWERbreathe in running training and triathlon training on our Blog.

POWERbreathe K3 – strengthening muscles forgotten

Our friend and distributor in the Czech Republic, TrueconneXion, were contacted recently by Freeride.cz, probably the most famous magazine that focuses on extreme sports in the Czech Republic. They asked if they could test the POWERbreathe K3 as they wanted to write an article for their cycling readership, after the article editor realised that the deficiency in strength he felt in his legs during cycling was actually down to a problem with his breathing. During prolonged exercise he found himself to be out of breath which subsequently restricted his performance. So he got in touch with Speedweaponry at TrueconneXion to see if he could borrow the POWERbreathe K3 for a month.

Here’s a translation of the review (translated as best we could), although you can read the original on www.freeride.cz

POWERbreathe K3 – strengthening muscles forgotten

In our series of articles we’ve discussed muscle regeneration, and today’s article will focus on strengthening muscles. But the muscles we’ll be looking at strengthening are not commonly thought necessary to train; muscles you wouldn’t have thought about training. In today’s article we look at the POWERbreathe K3 device, which strengthens the diaphragm and intercostal muscles.

I’ve been thinking about what to write before the racing season starts and I remembered what I had always complained about when racing. Despite the strenuous workouts during the season I always complained of what I thought were deficiencies in leg strength. It was not. The problem was my breathing. During prolonged exercise, when I was out of breath it restricted my performance. I came across a product Powerbreathe that dealt with this subject, so I did not hesitate and called the boys from Speedweaponry and I asked if I could borrow this machine.

POWERbreathe is manufactured in several models with different levels of difficulty, but fundamentally they are divided into mechanical and electronic versions. The mechanical versions operate on the principle of mechanical resistance during inspiration and are the cheaper option. I got to use electronic K3 version i.e. the middle of the five electronic versions of POWERbreathe. But before we go into more information and results from my tests, I must introduce the K3.

The K3 is about 12 cm tall and 6 cm wide, fits perfectly in your hand and weighs 150 grams. On the front side there is an LCD display and below are two control buttons. At the top of the unit is the easily removable mouthpiece with resistance fans, which, after each training session must be removed and washed with water as the mouthpiece can get covered in saliva.

What is the POWERbreathe K3?

The POWERbreathe K3 works using rapid response electronically controlled valves, which create resistance during inspiration. During a training session, the respiratory muscles are forced to work harder to develop more power to open the valve, in a similar way as when you train in the gym with dumbbells. During training you are forced to breathe deeper and with more power which leads to the strengthening of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles. With regular and prolonged use you should reduce the feeling of shortness of breath, accelerate degradation of lactic acid from the body and increase your overall performance.

So how do I use it?

First I went through the training with the vendor who offered basic information about using and caring for the K3. After taking in the necessary information we jointly set up my profile (age, weight, height). After the automatic resistance (resistance level will be set after the first two breaths), I was able to start a test: S-Index = 153cmH₂O; Flow = 8.3 L/s; Volume = 3.9 litres. But what, I wondered, do these values all mean?

S-index measures the strength of your respiratory muscles, and with my value at 153cmH₂O the K3 reported this to be ‘Good’. Flow shows the maximum rate or speed of inhalation, and Volume measures the amount of air I inhaled during the test. The test may be repeated at any time independently of the training. It’s such a good indicator of what’s happening.

The training cycle

Training was carried out twice a day, regularly at half past eight in the morning and around seven in the evening. Training consists of a total of thirty breaths and it took about three minutes. The first two breaths are without resistance, and then depending on the strength of these breaths the resistance is then set for subsequent breaths. In the beginning I struggled a bit with the technique, I took breaks or I breathed too slowly. It helped me a lot using the nose clip, thanks to which I eliminated another mistake, as I had unknowingly breathed through my nose. I also learned that I needed to exhale slowly, giving me the opportunity to relax my muscles and prevent hyperventilation. After a few cycles, I didn’t need to pause. I began to enjoy it.

Despite my short-term experience with Powerbreathe I’ve felt improvement with my breathing, and proof of this are the results taken from the graphs on the device which I wrote down on paper. My device after each training cycle showed a total of four values Load, Power, Volume and T-Index. Load is a measure of the resistance to inhalation and is equivalent to the ‘weight lifted’ or force exerted by the inspiratory muscles. You could say that it is a power that develops the lungs, so the higher the value the better. My highest value was 84 cmH₂O. Power is an indicator of muscle performance, which includes strength and speed of movement. Thus, stronger muscles are more resistant to fatigue. My highest value was 15.3 Watts. Volume as I mentioned before is the volume for one breath. I had a 4.4 L. T-index, or the measure of effectiveness of my training session. My most effective workout was 82%.

During testing, I felt that my workouts were quite effective and muscle power values from the second half did not fall under 10 Watts, although quite interestingly I found that morning versus evening workouts were much lower values. It was probably caused by the muscles after sleep still being in sleep mode.

Warm up – cool down mode

The POWERbreathe K3 also trains the respiratory muscles to warm up before exercise, and even calm the breathing after exercise, for better recovery. The Warm up mode is good to use before the race, maybe a quick sprint, preferably 5 to 10 minutes before the start. It is a fast 30 breaths to about 80% of normal training load. The body quickly gets to the level of racing heartbeats and breathing rate. Conversely cool down mode prepares 60 very slow breaths with minimal resistance.

Almost no maintenance…

With regard to product maintenance, there is almost none. After each use you just need to submerge the mouthpiece in warm water for about 10 minutes and then wash off. That is all. Then there is recharging the machine. Although the charging process takes about 16 hours initially, a charge lasts about 12 training cycles. Otherwise, no other maintenance is required.

Finally,

Unfortunately we only had this device for strengthening the respiratory muscles for one month. In order to see ground-breaking results we would need to use POWERbreathe for a longer period of time. Despite this, I felt improvement. My Strength-Index increased to 191 cmH₂O, nearly 40 cmH₂O more. Flow increased by 1.7 l / s and the volume of air in one breath grew to 4.5 titres. 

It was a good experience to try and I personally would consider purchasing one, although probably a more affordable mechanical version. But with an LCD display and an overview of the training values, I would probably recommend the K3 to all those who are devoted to racing and want to breathe more efficiently to increase their endurance.

Read more about why you should include POWERbreathe IMT as part of your cycling training, or if you’re a cyclist and are already using POWERbreathe, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum as we’d love to hear about how you’ve benefited from this breathing training. You can also read more about POWERbreathe and cycling training in the Blog’s Cycling category.

My POWERbreathe – by Josephine Gull

Josephine is a long-time POWERbreathe user, loyal friend of POWERbreathe and a valued athlete to us all here at POWERbreathe Towers.

Josephine has over time provided in-depth feedback on her training, including her POWERbreathe training, and the benefits and achievements she’s made as a result. Please read all Josephine’s posts here as they make for a very interesting and inspiring read.

Here are just a few additional posts Josephine has made on the POWERbreathe Facebook page which she shared with all POWERbreathe friends:

16 April 2012

“My coach estimated a sharp Personal Best within my grasp if I can replicate what I’ve done in training. Looking back to last year and the beginning of 2012, it’s night and day. At least 50% of that amazing progress in such a short time is due to my POWERbreathe. It is thanks to it that I had the strength and endurance to lift the weights, run the distance and recover faster. The running almost feels effortless and every footstrike is powerful. I’m even starting to look forward to the 200, which is a huge step from end of December beginning of January and finally setting an official new Personal Best in the event outdoor.
The comp season kicks off on sunday and will last through to September, so my POWERbreathe will practically be sleeping in my sportsbag til the end of the season…POWERbreathe wont be visible much except during warm up and cool down.”

14 March 2012

“Hi! I’m currently POWERbreathing at lvl 2 (high resistance) & I just wanted to let you know, that it took roughly the same amount of effort to POWERbreathe this lvl twice a day as it did to weightlift a new Personal Best on all apparatus in the gym on monday. First it was tough, then it became easier. I’ve struggled with the snatch exercise ever since I started, so to finally have enough speed to do it right was fantastic. And that wasn’t all, yesterday I came close to my 100m time from last year & the season hasn’t even started yet 🙂 Today my sports masseuse told me I’m in great shape & ready for anything, so it just keeps getting better. I knew POWERbreathe was great, but this much progress shortly after restarting POWERbreathing at lvl 2 last week, I honestly didn’t expect such fast results :D”

“The reason why it works so well for me, is that it costs slightly less effort and energy to perform an exercise and it leaves room for me to relax and enjoy the experience more. The more relaxed I am, the less energy I waste and the more i can do. Logical, but the increased endurance of my lungs is that stepping stone. When you get to lvl 2 and above it really takes time and effort to keep on advancing and it’s roughly the same as it takes to explode with weights or out of the blocks. Once you get started it gets easier and towards the end a little heavier again.”

31 January 2012

“The BIGGEST THANK YOU goes to all you at POWERbreathe for the part you play in developing & marketing this product & to all POWERbreathers out there, because each and every one (incl. all who aren’t posted on FB) is a living witness of the amazing effects of POWEbreathe. Those of you who have overcome asthma, slowed MS, recovered from COPD and all other problems, you have done what the doctors couldn’t do despite their far more extensive & expensive resources. When things are down, your success stories inspire me to keep fighting, so be mighty proud of what you have achieved & know that I am proud of all of you.”

We thank Josephine for sharing these comments with us all. If you’d like to send Josephine a message, then please leave a comment for her here.

If you are using POWERbreathe to improve running performance then we’d love to hear from you too.

We asked, “The reason I use POWERbreathe is because…” and these were the responses

We asked our Facebook friends the following question:

“The reason I use POWERbreathe is because…” (fill in the blank).

These were a few of the responses:

“Being an asthmatic, I need to look after my internals, especially my lungs. POWERbreathe is a drug free alternative which does just this. They are also a great team with lots of advice…Without POWERbreathe, I’m restricted to what I can do. POWERbreathe allows me to push my limits.” Colin White.

“The reason I use a POWERbreathe is because it works. It lifts performance without sacrificing recovery.” Levente Dorogi

David Vinall – I had no idea how much Powerbreathe would change my life

I am using my new Powerbreathe Fitness Plus and it is a great help with my fitness training.  There is a Gym nearby which is a great help; various classes are available and good equipment to use, which is all helping my training schedule.  I am also cycling, so things are going O.K.

Looking back, my love of cycling has helped me remain fairly fit for someone who has had asthma since I was 2 years old, (I am now 74!!!) and it is this interest in cycling that lead me to discover Powerbreathe!

Mary (my wife) and I were out collecting shoeboxes for Link Romania and were headed for North Devon.  As we approached Bridgewater I remembered that there is a fantastic cycle shop in Bridgewater called St John Street Cycles, so we went in and had a good look round, this was November 2002.  It was here that I picked up a leaflet about Powerbreathe, read it and subsequently bought my first Powerbreathe.

Initially I had no idea how much Powerbreathe would change my life. On a normal day I was using Ventolin or Becotide inhalers and Ventolin tablets 3 times a day, on a good day twice a day.  My January New Years Resolution 2003 was to conscientiously use my new Powerbreathe every day twice a day.  By mid February 2003 I was feeling much better and was not relying so much on medication and life was much better, in fact by Feb/March I was regularly able to go without medication for a day, sometimes days and I was enjoying life!

In the summer of 2003 we were lucky enough to be able to buy a camper van and have been using it ever since.  My medication has changed and reflects improvements in dealing with my asthma; I now use Seretide 125 with an aerochamber as and when required.

When the new Powerbreathe model came out I bought one, it is such an improvement on the original model and my health continued to improve, as you know I am now using my new Powerbreathe Fitness to help me get fit for a Sponsorship Cycle Challenge from Romania to Moldova.  In the old days although I have done some rides like the London to Brighton I could not have committed to this latest Challenge.

I am totally convinced that I am fitter and can enjoy a more enjoyable and rewarding lifestyle thanks to my Powerbreathe, I am really pleased that I picked up that leaflet all those years ago.

On many occasions when talking with people with breathing problems Powerbreathe has been recommended and I definitely know that one man immediately bought one for his wife on email.  I definitely recommend Powerbreathe – it could change your life, it did for me!

Thank you for a wonderful product.
Kind regards
David Vinall

If  POWERbreathe is helping you stay in control of your asthma or is an adjunct to your COPD treatment,  then please leave a comment and share your experience – we’d love to hear from you.