How POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training can help swimmers

World renowned expert in sports training and rehabilitation Dr. John Mullen at TrainingCor has recently published an article in Swimming World Magazine in which he discusses whether inspiratory muscle training can help swimmers.

Dr. Mullen refers to the study, Respiratory muscle specific warm-up and elite swimming performance, in which 17 British International competitive swimmers were randomly allocated one of four different warm-up protocols each. The effectiveness of each protocol was to be judged by the outcome of a 100-metre freestyle sprint time-trial.

Protocol 2 consisted of a POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training warm-up and it was found that a combined swimming plus POWERbreathe IMT warm-up improved 100m swimming performance by 0.62 seconds when compared to a standard swimming warm-up alone and resulted in the fastest swimming time over 100 meters (57.05 seconds).

In summary Dr. Mullen suggests “trying inspiratory muscle training or using swimming as a recovery from your high-intensity resistance training.”

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Respiratory muscle specific warm-up and elite swimming performance

Respiratory muscle specific warm-up and elite swimming performance

This original article has not long ago been published (1st November 2013) on the British Journal of Sports Medicine website. The Method used POWERbreathe.

Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092523

Emma E Wilson, Tricia M McKeever, Claire Lobb, Tom Sherriff, Luke Gupta, Glenn Hearson, Neil Martin, Martin R Lindley, Dominick E Shaw

Previous studies have shown that Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) improves performance in elite swimmers when used as part of their routine training, but its use as a respiratory warm-up had not yet been investigated, so the aim of this study was “to determine the influence of inspiratory muscle exercise (IME) as a respiratory muscle warm-up in a randomised controlled cross-over trial.”

The trial used the POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training device.


Using IME (inspiratory muscle exercise) combined with a standard swimming warm-up significantly improves 100 m freestyle swimming performance in elite swimmers.

Read the full Abstract for Respiratory muscle specific warm-up and elite swimming performance online.