Ben Barwick – Me and my POWERbreathe K5

Hi my name is Ben Barwick and I have just started using the POWERbreathe K5 for training my inspiratory muscles. As I have only been using it for a few days the process has been more of getting used to using the unit and software than actually seeing and feeling any results.

A little about me to begin with. I started running about 18 months ago, when I ended up doing a half marathon on no training in just over 2 hours. Little did I know that on that day, a seed was being sown, which very quickly, with very little cultivation from me, grew into an addiction, a running addiction. I did my first marathon in November 2010, and ran 3:58. I then decided to train properly, and start taking more of an interest in my running. A year on, November 2011, I ran my second marathon, after a journey which involved getting ill the day before a spring marathon and pulling out at 1/2 way, and ran 3:09.

There have been many ups and down but I am now looking at as many ways as possible to enhance my training and get the most out of the body I have. I also suffer from a mild case of Asthma, mainly during the Summer months but I also struggle in the winter chill.

This has led me to POWERbreathe and the K5. I have to say I am really impressed. My favourite part has been using the Breathe-Link software.

I have written an article on Breathing and throughly believe that the product can work because the science exists.

What is the unit like to use?

The K5 is a great looking unit, in the Iron-Man exclusive colourway. It feels slightly weird the first few times I used the product, and took me a couple of days to get used to it. I do not think that I have got the most out of the first few training sessions, as I have got used to the unit. To train you have to breathe out then inhale with a sharp intake of breath, and the unit has a pressure load which you have to inhale through and lift open the pressurised inspiratory valve. It is not too disconcerting having to breathe through a unit which doesn’t allow you to breathe properly, and the settings to begin with haven’t had too much load in.

Read the full K5 review on my website

I will be updating this each week, focusing on a different part of the POWERbreathe experience and my thoughts.

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POWERbreathe at The London Bike Show 13th – 16th Jan

LBSIf you are a keen cyclist then you don’t want to miss a visit to the London Bike Show.

This year POWERbreathe will be attending the show and you can come and have a chat with us at the Bike Radar Training Hub – stand LB520.

This training hub is an exclusive area at the show offering you an experience fit for professionals.  The stand will have a team of experts from Koolstof Sports Coaching on hand who will put you through your paces in a series of specific tests and consultations which are all designed to enhance your cycling performance. Not only that, this consultation will show you exactly where you need to improve.

The series of tests will include a POWERbreathe K5 Inspiratory muscle training assessment using the latest K5 model.

Our very own Duncan will be on hand to test your breathing strength and power. Why not take our very own challenge and see how you fair against others on the POWERbreathe breathing challenge leaderboard. If you have a competitive streak this is something you don’t want to miss out.

So pop along to visit us and have your picture taken with the POWERbreathe team so we can upload them to our Facebook page for everyone to see. Join us on our Facebook page so we can tag you in the pictures.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our feed too so you can keep up to date with what is happening at POWERbreathe.

Check back next week for photos from the event