Mick on Everest – with POWERbreathe

What a great photo share from Mick on Everest – we don’t see many photos like this! Mick’s challenging himself to climb the North Side of Mount Everest without the aid of supplementary oxygen as a means of raising money for disadvantaged and disabled children in his local area in Cumbria. Mick’s been preparing for the challenge of breathing at altitude by training with his POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training device (IMT). In order to compensate for the thinner air at altitude Mick’s lungs will have to work much harder and his breathing will be pushed to its limits at high altitude, so training his breathing muscles with his POWERbreathe breathing trainer will improve his breathing strength and stamina and reduce breathing fatigue. This should also help reduce his physiological and perceptual stress during his ascent. POWERbreathe IMT high-altitude benefits: In a 2001 scientific study1 POWERbreathe IMT was shown to reduce the force/effort associated with ascent to high altitude. And in another scientific study (2000)2 it concluded that POWERbreathe IMT attenuates the impairment of inspiratory muscle strength induced by ascent to high altitude. Mick’s ‘summit window’ is around mid-May and he hopes to return in June, but now, as you can see in his photo, he’s at Base Camp, and we wish him much success and good luck for his ascent. References: 1 Nickol A, Romer L, McConnell A, Jones D. The effects of specific inspiratory muscle training upon respiratory muscle function and dyspnoea at high altitude. High Alt Med Biol. 2001;2:116. 2 Romer L, McConnell A, Jones D. Changes in respiratory and forearm-flexor muscle strength during exposure to high altitude. J Sports Sci. 2000;19:63-4.  

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