Highlanders Super Rugby Team Train with POWERbreathe


In December 2012 the Highlanders signed a Global Sponsorship Agreement with POWERbreathe. Since then they’ve been using their POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training devices religiously as part of their training.

The Highlanders are a professional New Zealand rugby union team based in Dunedin that competes in Super Rugby, the largest professional rugby union competition in the Southern Hemishere.

POWERbreathe got together with the Highlanders to help the team specifically target their breathing muscles, using POWERbreathe breathing training devices to exercise the breathing muscles to improve their strength and endurance. This respiratory training would prove extremely beneficial to each team member because in rugby extreme demands are placed on the breathing muscles. All rugby players require a high level of aerobic fitness, lactate tolerance, strength and power; all reasons why POWERbreathe should be an integral part of rugby fitness training.

The Highlanders coaching staff realised the benefits of Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) and have developed a special training programme for the team.  Duncan, from POWERbreathe, visited the Highlanders in March this year (2013) to see how they’d incorporated POWERbreathe training into their routine, and to offer training advice and guidance if needed.

Duncan was welcomed by the coaching staff and team members, all of whom seemed comfortable with their POWERbreathe training, which can be seen in Duncan’s photos on the official POWERbreatheUK Facbeook page, and video.

The ‘fly-on-the-wall’ video shows how all the team use their POWERbreathe in between gym training and during match practice. Michael Lawrence who oversees the compliance said he was “very pleased with the enthusiasm and dedication the players have put into this aspect of their training. They have all stuck with it as they can feel the benefits when running on the field.”

Duncan is back in the UK now but the Highlanders POWERbreathe training continues, and we hope to bring you more news as and when we receive it. We’d like to thank the coaches for their work in developing a POWERbreathe training program for the team, and for implementing it so quickly and thoroughly. Duncan would also like to thank the Highlanders team players and all coaching staff for their hospitality – he’s looking forward to keeping in touch and assisting with training developments.

Highlanders Super Rugby Team (New Zealand) Sign-Up POWERbreathe


POWERbreathe has signed a Global Sponsorship Agreement with the ‘Highlanders Super Rugby Team’ from New Zealand.

This cooperation will see the Highlanders implementing POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training into their performance and fitness training programmes to improve endurance and accelerate recovery.

Although the physical demands of rugby are specific to each position on the pitch, all players require a high level of aerobic fitness, lactate tolerance, strength and power. The exertion that rugby demands of players places extreme demands on their breathing because the activity is anaerobic and generates high levels of lactic acid. And because rugby involves a high intensity upper body activity, it can induce conflicting demands on the breathing muscles which not only bring about breathing, but are also essential in activities that involve the upper body.

POWERbreathe specifically targets the breathing muscles, strengthening them by around 30-50%, significantly improving performance, reducing breathing fatigue and accelerating recovery.

POWERbreathe International Ltd has provided the Highlanders 1st team squad and coaches with a POWERbreathe Plus each, as well as, a POWERbreathe K5 including Breathe-Link software to allow regular performance testing, monitoring and assessment of each player. Professor McConnell’s evidence-based book ‘Breathe Strong, Perform Better’ will help players and coaches to better understand the science of POWERbreathe.

POWERbreathe looks forward to working closely with the Highlanders and providing POWERbreathe training protocols, technical support, coaching and training recommendations, as well as, POWERbreathe and ActiBreathe training workshops.

POWERbreathe is committed to helping the Highlanders become champions of Super Rugby 2013.