POWERbreathe & Slovenian National Rowing Team – Update July 2014

This morning (9th July) the Slovenian National Rowing Team left for Rowing World Lucerne 2014 (11-13th July) and the start of the final round of the World Rowing Cup 2014 on the Rotsee where competition will be fierce and medal winning will no doubt be decided in the last few meters.

Friday 11th will see the Heats and the Quarter-Finals. Saturday 12th will be the Semi-Finals and B Finals of non-Olympic categories. Sunday 13th July will see the A Finals of non-Olympic categories and A Finals of Olympic categories.

Before the Slovenian National Rowing Team left for Rowing World Lucerne, POWERbreathe Slovenia & Croatia met up again with their Coach, Milos, because during the previous day (8th July) the whole team had their breathing tested using the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link software. After a long chat with Milos, it was decided that each rower would benefit from keeping a copy of their POWERbreathe test report, so that they can monitor their own improvements over the period in the run-up to the World Championships.

The 2014 Rowing World Championshipstake place in August, and as the team are now incorporating POWERbreathe into their regular preparations for this main event, it was agreed that POWERbreathe Slovenia & Croatia would meet up with the team again in early August to repeat the tests and monitor each rowers performance – and maybe develop individual training protocols. You can read more about this in our previous blog, POWERbreathe and the National Slovenian Rowing Team.

You can view photos taken of the some of the rowers testing their breathing on the K5 using the Breathe-Link software, and of the day POWERbreathe Slovenia & Croatia presented POWERbreathe, on our Facebook page.

Read more about how POWERbreathe could help improve your rowing performance, or if 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 from you. You can also read more in our POWERbreathe rowing blog.

Thanks again POWERbreathe Slovenia & Croatia for this wonderful news and for sharing these photos.

POWERbreathe and the National Slovenian Rowing Team

On June 9th our friends and distributor POWERbreathe Slovenia, IntAct Ljubljana, organised a POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training Seminar for the National Slovenian Rowing Team, at the Olympic Sport Center at Bled Lake.

The science behind POWERbreathe and IMT was presented not only to the rowing team themselves, but also to the main coaches of the Slo Rowing Team and Slovenian Cross Country Combined.

Two of the top rowers in the national team (Zupan) who recently achieved their best results in the European Championships (elite men) in Belgrade, had their breathing strength tested using the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link software. Needless to say it created a lot of interest that prompted further discussion about inspiratory muscle strength, flow and volume, resulting in a better understanding of why training these breathing muscles is of benefit.

After discussing the results of the tests, national coach Milos Jansa also took the S-Index test on the K5 and was impressed to see his own results instantly on screen. He – and the team – agreed that using POWERbreathe IMT made real sense, and were impressed with the scientific trials that showed:

  • IMT improved rowing time trial performance by up to 2.2%, equivalent to slashing 60m in a 2km race
  • IMT increased strength of inspiratory muscles by 30 – 50%
  • A POWERbreathe warm-up significantly improved rowing performance and reduced breathlessness in a competitive rower

After the seminar, POWERbreathe Slovenia were invited to stay and discuss POWERbreathe further, with the day finishing on a very promising note for the team, as their coach decided that his team would incorporate POWERbreathe into their preparations for the World Championships taking place at the end of August 2014.

You can view photos taken at the seminar on our Facebook page.

Read more about how POWERbreathe could help improve your rowing performance, or if 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 from you. You can also read more in our POWERbreathe rowing blog.