Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2018

POWERbreathe will close for Christmas and New Year, from 22nd December 2018 to 1st January 2019 inclusive. The last posting dates for your order to arrive in time for Christmas will depend on these parcel delivery services:  Royal Mail, Parcel Force or DHL. (They do not offer guarantees.)

The last posting dates for Christmas 2018

To try and ensure delivery in time for Christmas, we recommend you place your order according to the dates stipulated by Royal Mail, Parcel Force and DHL:

For UK Deliveries

  • Before 2pm on Thursday 20th December.
  • For Next Day Services – orders placed before 2pm on 21st December will be despatched the same day (if in stock) but we cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas.

If you place an order after these last posting dates, your order will be despatched on 2nd/3rd January.

For DHL International Deliveries*

*Please remember to select DHL Express.

Orders placed before 2pm on the following days:

  • Europe – 18th December
  • USA, Canada & Mexico – 14th December
  • Rest of World – 14th December

If you place an order after these last posting dates, your order will be despatched on 2nd/3rd January.

Respiratory Muscle-Induced Metaboreflex

A recent research paper in Experimental Physiology looks into the effect of an increase in inspiratory muscle work on blood flow to inactive and active limbs. It addresses the process of metaboreflex.

What is metaboreflex?

Metaboreflex is where the body restricts blood flow to the limbs when the breathing muscles fatigue. The body will do this to ensure the role of breathing continues. This is because breathing is crucial to survival. Therefore, when the body experiences a conflict between breathing and moving, breathing wins out.

How does metaboreflex work?

As soon as the body senses a conflict between breathing and extreme activity, it will redirect blood flow to the breathing muscles, for survival. In so doing, blood flow to the exercising limbs shuts down, allowing the diaphragm a chance to recover. What this tells us is that the stronger the diaphragm is, the faster it will recover. Consequently, stronger breathing muscles will, in turn, result in a better blood supply to your working limbs. This will result in a better sports performance.

These YouTube videos from breathing expert James Fletcher, clearly demonstrate the metaboreflex.

Part 1

Part 2

Study results

When exercising, the amount of energy consumed by the working muscles can be high and prolonged. Blood flow to these working muscles needs to be matched. The results of this study suggest that the control of blood redistribution to the working muscles is facilitated, in part, by respiratory muscle-induced metaboreflex.

Delaying the onset of metaboreflex

Improving the strength of your breathing muscles will help to delay the onset of the metaboreflex for the diaphragm. A scientifically proven way of doing this is with Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT). In fact, there are other studies showing IMT to be beneficial too.

This award-winning research, awarded by the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), also suggests the potential role of IMT to reduce inspiratory muscle metaboreflex.

Another study suggests respiratory muscle training could enhance sports performance by delaying this process.

Finally, there is a study by Germain Fernandez Monterrubio, Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sport, in which he finds how respiratory muscle fatigue can affect exercise tolerance on a pulmonary level, as well as, a muscular level.

Effect of increased inspiratory muscle work on blood flow to inactive and active limbs during submaximal dynamic exercise >

Tennis Players’ Endurance Improves after POWERbreathe IMT

New research shows tennis players’ endurance and strength improves after Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT). The research from Pune, India, is in the International Journal of Current Research (February 2018).

What affects tennis performance

The main characteristics of this game are intense bouts of running, such as sprinting to reach a ball. Consequently, breathing is driven to its highest levels. And this induces extreme breathlessness. This affects performance.

In order to continue to play effectively while maintaining a high level of skill performance, breathing mustn’t hinder performance.

Breathing effort in tennis

Playing tennis involves using your breathing muscles in your torso to brace and twist during a racket stroke. Also, experienced players use their inflated lungs to brace the impact of the ball and racket. This helps them to control the release of air from their lungs and optimise the transmission of force. However, breathing muscle fatigue impairs this control. Thankfully though, breathing muscle strengthening training will improve this. Using a device that specifically trains the breathing muscles, the inspiratory muscles, is the easiest way of doing this. These are called Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) devices, such as POWERbreathe IMT. And training your breathing muscles to become stronger can help with a player’s postural control and movement too.

Research into players’ endurance

The research from Pune highlights the fact that tennis matches feature high-intensity, short- duration bouts of extreme activity with a short rest time. And it’s the competition of blood flow between the arms and legs and the breathing muscles which ultimately increases breathing fatigue.

For this study, researchers use the POWERbreathe KH1 Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) device to strengthen participants’ breathing muscles. Furthermore, each participant performed a prescribed protocol for using the device for five days over four weeks. Researchers were aiming to assess the effect of IMT on cardiovascular endurance in lawn tennis players.

Research findings

The findings of this latest research show there to be,

“significant improvement in cardiovascular endurance and strength in lawn tennis players after progressive inspiratory muscle training.”

How to improve tennis performance

POWERbreathe IMT specifically targets the breathing muscles, strengthening them by around 30-50%, significantly improving performance and helping to eliminate breathing fatigue. And these findings are a result of studies with tennis players who, after IMT, took less time to recover and were ready sprint maximally again more quickly.



EIA in Elite Footballers

New research from the University of Kent finds that 3 out of 10 elite footballers may have undetected lung and airway problems, such as EIA (exercise-induced asthma).

Lung health in footballers

Lead researcher, Ana Jackson, is suggesting that a programme for lung health screening needs implementing. She came to this conclusion after assessing the airway health in elite footballers from top clubs in England. While undergoing pre-season fitness and medical screening a high-rate of players were found to have previously undiagnosed exercise-induced asthma (EIA).

EIA in footballers

The players identified as having EIA were experiencing breathing problems. This is because EIA is a narrowing of the airways in the lungs. And it is strenuous exercise that triggers it. Those players experiencing EIA will complain of shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing. And these symptoms can come on both during, and after exercise.

The players experiencing EIA found that their symptoms reduced after being treated with appropriate medication. And, over time, their lung function was found to improve too. Not only that, but their aerobic fitness and performance also improved.

Health screening at clubs

Football clubs will screen for heart problems, and this research now calls for lung health screening too. This will help detect and identify any respiratory problems players may be experiencing. Players may not realise that coughing or wheezing are symptoms of deeper breathing problems. As a result, players are being wrongly dismissed as being too unfit to play. In fact, they may actually be suffering from EIA.

Tailoring treatment to those affected

Assessing a footballers’ breathing and lung function is paramount. Not only will it help to detect a breathing problem, but it will help tailor treatment. And treatment for improving players’ breathing strength and stamina will also improve their performance. So breathing training will, in fact, be beneficial for all players as part of their training regimen.

EIA in other sports

Exercise-induced asthma is also experienced by elite athletes in other sports. And it is as a result of the high intensity at which they exercise, and the long duration of high-intensity exercise. This type of endurance exercise pushes their breathing rates to their highest limit.

Endurance sports, such as long-distance running, cross-country skiing and cycling are the most likely activities to cause problems for people with exercise-induced asthma. And now football will too.

Breathing muscle training improves performance

Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) is a strength training protocol for the breathing muscles. It is scientifically proven to improve breathing muscle strength and stamina and reduce breathing fatigue. And because it is drug-free, it has no drug interactions or side-effects. It is also easy-to-use and time efficient. In fact, players need only perform 30 breaths twice a day to feel the benefits after just 4-weeks.

Benefits to players of IMT

IMT is an intervention in numerous scientific research and clinical trials. This is because strengthening the breathing muscles can benefit everyone.

In scientific tests and studies IMT:

Laird Hamilton, surfer, utilises the power of breath

Surfer Laird Hamilton recently wrote an article for Men’s Journal in which he shares his breathing practice.

Harnessing the breath

Laird finds it beneficial to boost his oxygen intake before, during and after a workout. He says his muscles are able then to push harder and longer. His breathing practice enables him to flood his blood with O2. As a result he says his training and swimming seem to take less effort.

Before a workout

Laird believes in “getting ahead of the demand curve” by taking quick breaths in beforehand. This, essentially, can be considered an inspiratory warm-up. And research has found that a standard pre-exercise warm-up fails to prepare the inspiratory muscles for the rigours of exercise. In fact a scientific trial (on competitive rowers) showed that an Inspiratory Muscle Training warm-up significantly improved (rowing) performance and reduced breathlessness.

During a workout

Laird also ‘feeds his muscles’ with O2 during a workout with deep inhales to fuel his muscles. Daily Inspiratory Muscle Training will help to do this because it exercises the inspiratory muscles to improve their strength and stamina and reduce fatigue.

For a faster recovery

Finally, by repeating his breathing practice after a workout Laird feels he speeds up his recovery. And this too is borne out in research which showed that Inspiratory Muscle Training reduced lactate concentrations at equivalent intensities of exercise.

So surfing legend Laird Hamilton is certainly on to something.

Carnival Queen Breathes Energy into Marathon Performance

Latin Grammy Award-winning Brazilian Axé, Ivete Sangalo, has just undertaken a Carnival Marathon. And to prepare for it she has been using POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT). This exercises her breathing muscles. As a result Ivete improves her breathing strength and stamina. And with these improvements Ivete is able to sing with energy throughout the whole carnival marathon.

Ivete Sangalo Headlines the Carnival in Brazil

As usual this singer, songwriter, actress and TV Host wows the audience at every procession. She also manages to do this on every float she performs from. For Ivete is one of the most popular and best-selling Brazilian female singers. In fact she is most often recognized by her powerful voice, charisma and live performances. And her performances are always full of life and energy.

Ivete Sangalo’s Marathon Performance

Ivete’s performance tells her life story in song. She begins by singing about her childhood in Juazeiro. She then performs songs that tell of her career path, finishing with her becoming a star.

The whole event will require her to be emotionally fit. And she will also need to be physically fit too. Therefore Ivete attends regular gym sessions. But she also disciplines herself to train her breathing muscles with her POWERbreathe IMT.

POWERbreathe IMT helps Ivete through her Performance

As a singer Ivete needs to be able to control her breath to ensure she doesn’t run out of breath while performing. And she does this by connecting with and using her diaphragm.

So Ivete’s diaphragm needs to be strong to help her control her breathing. But also her breathing muscles need to have the stamina to power her through her performance. This will help her to perform at her best. And this is why she has chosen to incorporate POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) into her daily training.

Inspiratory Muscle Training Benefits

  • Increases the ability to inflate the lungs (take deeper breaths)
  • Improves the ability to control the breath
  • Enhances the ability to sustain forceful breathing (breathing does not become fatigued)
  • Training may affect the intrinsic laryngeal muscles which control the action of the larynx

Finally, POWERbreathe IMT as a component of vocal exercises will help make full use of the lungs, and how you inhale affects how well you exhale. And how well you exhale influences your performance.

POWERbreathe user John breaks Concept2UK British Record

John Steventon from Glasgow, aka @johntherower shared news of his success at breaking the British 1K indoor rowing record (40-49 lightweight) on May 14th. He’s spent the last 6 months training, including POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training (IMT), and he’s managed to drop 5.1 seconds which he couldn’t be happier about… “Hey guys, I broke a British Record for indoor rowing yesterday (1k lightweight 40-49) and I know a huge part of that was because of my breathing training with a POWERbreathe. So I just wanted to say thanks!!! World Record now in my sights!!!!” exclaimed John. John has clearly been putting in the training for this event, but it’s no surprise to hear POWERbreathe IMT has benefited him too because there have been many scientific trials on the benefits of IMT for indoor rowers. Rowing has a high respiratory demand and so John’s breathing muscles would fatigue early. Science suggests that this high respiratory demand ‘steals’ blood from the legs during rowing which in turn reduces overall rowing performance. In scientific tests POWERbreathe IMT:

  • Improved rowing time trial performance by up to 2.2% which is equivalent to slashing 60m in a 2km race
  • Increased strength of inspiratory muscles by 30 – 50%
  • Significantly improves rowing performance and reduces breathlessness in competitive rowers following a POWERbreathe warm-up

John’s next challenge is to beat the World Record for the 1k and for this he needs to shave another 5.7 seconds off his record. “Roll on November, when I’ll try to break the World Record. In the meantime, I’ll keep scaring the cat with my breathing exercises!” You can read John’s account of his fantastic success here >

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POWERbreathe Trial – Samuel Dallimore Week 1: The Journey Begins

After having a go and testing it out, it didn’t take long to get the technique correct and I quickly settled into a routine of using my POWERbreathe twice per day fairly easily. I’m starting out on resistance 2.5 on the performance plus, which is a good challenge and I can definitely feel my lungs working for that. Transferring that into my swimming training I could see some initial benefits and gains all ready, if I used it before a session I felt that my breathing was much more controlled and improved slightly in function as well as efficiency.

This is really important to my in two ways, firstly because I’m asthmatic and so I struggle a lot with breath control and secondly because of my training, the sprint events I do, require me to hold my breath under large strains as well as in other cases large aerobic workouts. I’m looking forward to seeing the future benefits unfold after more training with my POWRbreathe.

POWERbreathe Trial – Rob Lunn Week 1: The Journey Begins

Rob Lunn POWERbreatheA few weeks ago I was approached to take part in a fitness trial to test out the POWERbreathe Sport model, as a personal trainer & amateur athlete I am always interested in testing out new equipment for use with my clients and also for my own training.

My POWERbreathe arrived earlier this week, I unwrapped the packaging like a kid on Christmas day! I have heard a lot of positive feedback about the POWERbreathe so I am really looking forward to putting it to the test and seeing if it my performance improves.

It promises to strengthen inspiratory muscles to aid breathing helping a number of medical conditions such as COPD & Asthma and boost sporting performance by reducing whole body effort during exercise, increasing endurance and accelerating recovery time.

After a quick look through the user manual to ensure I knew how to use it, I had my first go, it was a lot harder than you imagine getting the breathing pattern right! set on level 0 I managed to get 30 breaths out (albeit in sets of 10!) It really challenged my breathing, I think it will take me a few goes to progress up the scale and get my breathing right but I can already tell it will help my fitness levels improve.

I am a keen runner so this is where I am hoping to see improvements; I will keep you updated of my progress over the next few months with regular blogs and updates to let you know how I am getting on.

Rob Lunn

Personal Trainer

Diverse Health & Fitness

POWERbreathe Trial – Melanie Ryding Week 1: The Journey Begins

Melanie Ryding

Height 5.10

Weight: 12 stone

Powerbreathe model: powerbreathe plus: fitness

Activity level: high – I am a Great Britain Age Group triathlete and train twice a day, usually around 10-12 hours per week (plus the day job!)

I was interested to take part in this trial because I am asthmatic. I have been for around 15 years. Nowadays it causes me little trouble and I do not take any regular steroids, however I mostly notice chest pain and breathing trouble when I am training hard, and that is when I need my blue inhaler. I wanted to see if powerbreathe could help with this, so that eventually, I do not need any inhalers at all. I also feel that my asthma sometimes limits me during top end power sessions, which could be a problem because I am a sprint athlete, and I spend a lot of my time working at lactic threshold and beyond. I also compete for Great Britain as part of the Age Group triathlon team at European and World level.

I received the powerbreathe last week, and am curious to see what happens. I thought it would be easy to do the exercises but to be honest, when I tried the test set, and the first 30 on the easiest setting were easy, I turned it up, thinking, no problem. I only got to level 3 before my chest started hurting from the effort!!

The unit operates the opposite way to a peak flow meter. You suck in a sharp breath rather than exhale. I found it really hurt when I had to do 30 of these on level 3, much the same kind of chest pain I feel as an asthmatic when I am training or racing hard, beyond lactic threshold. Already after a few days, the chest pain has subsided at level 3, so I am feeling encouraged already.

Let’s see what happens next eh?