SwimForTri Tips for Improved Swim Performance 

SwimForTri is a swim technique and coaching organisation with a tremendous reputation in the world of swimming and triathlon, run by brother and sister team, Dan and Keeley Bullock.

Dan is a competitive swimmer and has been integrating POWERbreathe training into his swim training sessions and here he has devised a specific swimming POWERbreathe training protocol that can be integrated poolside.

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The Effect Of Exercise Modality On Respiratory Muscle Performance In Triathletes

“The aim of this study was to examine the effects of the cycle-run and run-cycle successions of the triathlon and duathlon, respectively, on respiratory muscle strength and endurance.”

Conclusion:

“Respiratory muscle strength and endurance were less decreased after the cycle-run succession and that cycling induced a greater decrease in respiratory muscle endurance than running.”

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POWERbreathe for Triathletes at Brownlee Tri North 2014

We’re very excited as we prepare for the Brownlee Tri North taking place on Sunday 21st September.

POWERbreathe will be at Harewood House near Leeds where the Tour de France raced earlier this year. The event is for every level of triathlete, from first-timers to seasoned triathletes, but whatever your level, POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) offers you the chance to improve your Personal Best.

As a triathlete you’ll know that training is your best path to victory, but if you’re neglecting to train one area of your system that’s essential to help you along that path, your respiratory system, then your breathing could just let you down. It’s one area of training that’s often not thought about, yet breathing strength is as important as physical strength.

POWERbreathe provides a shortcut to training your inspiratory muscles as it directly targets the muscles used to inhale, primarily the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, and can provide a drug-free performance boost to your swimming performance, cycling performance and running performance.

Training your breathing muscles for triathlon is beneficial for several reasons:

Firstly, during your swim, your breathing is challenged right from the start, as you need to inhale as much oxygen as possible in the shortest possible time in order to return you to the optimal position for generating propulsive force.

Secondly, the very nature of the hunched position you adopt for the best aerodynamics during the cycling stage compresses the contents of your abdomen up against your diaphragm, restricting your breathing.

It may also surprise you to know that studies have suggested that these respiratory impairments brought on during the cycling stage carry over into your run, impairing your performance.

And thirdly, during the running stage your breathing is already pushed to its limits yet it has to sustain you through this final stage, but your breathing muscles are having to undertake additional work, stabilizing you with every foot strike as you run. It’s no wonder you start to feel fatigued.

Research shows that this fatigue occurring in your inspiratory muscles results not only in uncomfortable intense breathlessness, but it can also be responsible for diverting blood away from your other working muscles (arms and legs), impairing their performance. However when you use POWERbreathe and subject your inspiratory muscles to an appropriate training resistance, they will adapt, increasing their strength, power and stamina.

Read more about why you should consider including POWERbreathe IMT as part of your triathlon training, or if you’re already using POWERbreathe, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter. You can also read more about using POWERbreathe in triathlon training on our Blog.

POWERbreathe attends the Desford Triathlon

12th august and we had a date at Desford for the annual triathlon that takes place.  such a great venue and hooray the sun was shining so overall a good start to the event! Even better almost 200 competitors turned up to participate.

POWERbreathe sponsored the event and we had exposure on their website, race numbers, as well as on t-shirts which were given to all the finishers. Goody bags were also given out with leaflets in them and all results are to be sent to all the Triathlon media for inclusion on their results pages generating more awareness.

Overall the triathlon at Desford was an excellent day for POWERbreathe.  Many people took part in the POWERbreathe tests and were increasingly surprised by the results.

Yet again we spread the POWERbreathe awareness.  Check out the photos and please tag yourselves in if you attended.

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Asia Susmanek, POWERbreathe user, has become vice national champion in Ironman 70.3

Asia SusmanekOur POWERbreathe friends and distributors in Poland, Klubben International, have been in touch with some fantastic news!

Their POWERbreathe sponsored athlete, Asia Susmanek, has only been participating in triathlons for less than 2 years.

Asia has been using POWERbreathe for about one year and has been delighted with the improvements in her breathing strength and stamina.

She recently competed in the Panasonic Evolta Triathlon in Borowno, Ironman 70.3 (1st place), Triathlon Sierakow, Ironman 70.3 and the Herbalife Susz Triathlon, Ironman 70.3 (national championship) where she finished in a fantastic 2nd place in each.

Thanks Klubben International for sharing this great news, and please pass on our congratulations to Asia Susmanek for such incredible results!

If you’re using POWERbreathe as part of your triathlon training, then please leave a comment here as we’d love to read of how and when you incorporate it.

Mark Racher week 1 – Let The Fun Begin with POWERbreathe

I received my POWERbreathe Plus about a 10 days ago. I was so excited to start using it and to get the testing started but had to postpone the start as I came down with a cold. However, I was looking forward to my breathing training.

Once recovered I started on Monday the 24th ready to rock and roll. The first thing I thought was this isn’t going to be that hard as I’m in quite good shape and I thought I had quite good lung strength coming from a swimming background and doing ironman triathlons but Oh I was so wrong!! I have started on level 2 as of the level of my fitness and the phase in my training that I’m in at the moment, which is base training.

I  started with the nose clip on and the powerbreath in and was ready to start my 2sets of 30 breaths. Once started I noticed how much work it takes to breathe in and with the added resistance it was hard by the end of the 30  I was definitely noticing the burn of the restriction and felt a little light headed, but good.

The second set I got into a good rhythm and felt the burn in the lungs much earlier than the first set so it must have taken its toll on me because 30 was very challenging towards the end .

Now the week is over I’m starting to feel positive results already as I will be going up 1 level on Monday the 2×30 breaths are not as challenging to me as when I started as the burn has gone so I think it’s time for a harder workout .

My plans are after 4 weeks to try the POWERbreathe when I’m doing interval work on my turbo trainer to see what the effects will be under conditions where my heart rate is elevated so please come back and read my blog.

James McDowell: Age Group Triathlete – Training my lungs week 3

Well what an action packed 7 days the passed week has been…..

With last minute exam cramming at the start of the week, sitting an exam in Financial Services Regulation and Ethics on Wednesday morning, squeezing a week of client work into one Wednesday afternoon, Belfast to London for Business Development on Thursday, England vs India at Lords on Friday and the weekend in Guildford catching up with friends.

It almost leaves me out of breath thinking about it but thankfully with the slick compact design of my Powerbreathe Plus I was at least able to stick to my lung training. with no apparent metal components it also slips neatly into hand luggage with no issues!

With training in the last 7 days limited to 2.4miles in the pool, 6 miles on the road and an embarrassing 0 miles on the bike I didn’t have much time to push my fitness and experience the benefits of my Powerbreathe 30 breaths, twice a day.

4 days in a row resting does have its advantages though! Hitting the road hard this evening my body felt rejuvenated and able to push a 60 mile run to a PB of almost 8 mile. It was also the first experience that I am starting to benefit from my lung training.

My chest warmed up faster and settled into a strong, comfortable breathing pattern noticeably quicker. Additionally, recovery of breath between sprints was shorter.

End of week two with the Powerbreathe Plus lung trainer on level one has had it’s benefits. While it is still too early for the benefits to be evident in a percentage increase in my performance, the strict ritual of 30 breaths twice a day (morning & night) is starting to make the draw of breath under strenuous activity both stronger and comfortable.

Week 3 & resistance level 2! – pushing up a level is tough and it proved a challenge to complete the 30 breaths this morning, but as with everything, practice makes perfect.

Roll on bedtime & the last 30 breaths of the day on level two! (my 2nd Darth Vader impression of the day as nicknamed by wife regarding the sound of me training on my PowerBreathe)

May the Force be with you!!! 🙂

Benefits of POWERbreathe

James McDowell: Age Group Triathlete – Training my lungs week 1 and 2

Triathlon has it’s fair share of gadgets, gismo’s and Gucci gear for every aspect of training and competing. But one area I hadn’t came across until now was training my lungs.

Like most, I’m sure, the main assumption was lung strength would develop inline with gains in fitness. Having a typically weak chest & experiencing shortness of breath during sprint sets on both the bike and run, a Google search brought me to the PowerBreathe.

Out to achieve any training and conditioning assistance I can to help make it across that Ironman finish line I purchased the PowerBreathe Plus Medium.

First impressions: Compact, Light, simple design, easy to use & simple to disassemble for cleaning. (Last point is very important when your OCD)

For my first week I started off on the lowest setting to allow me to simply get used to a comfortable breathing pattern with the PowerBreathe. I set a time schedule for my 30 breaths, twice a day, for first thing in the morning and last thing at night. With 10 resistance settings my aim is to progress up the scale on a weekly basis by one level of resistance and see how we go.

As a scuba diver I am used to breathing through a regulator and experiencing the draw effect when in deep water, so I found each session of 30 breaths on resistance level 0 to be comfortable and manageable. The compact design of the PowerBreathe also meant that I was able to pop it in an over night bagwhen traveling to stay with friends so no disruption to my training routine!

As week one has come to a close I haven’t noticed much of a gain, but then again, I was not expecting to. My initial week was all about getting familiar with the PowerBreathe to avoid injury and hopefully now the real training & results will start.

Today is Day 1 – Week 2 and the PowerBreathe was cranked up to resistance level 1. The difference was immediate and I really noticed the extra effort that was needed to draw a good deep inhale each time. Completing the the 30 breaths however was no less uncomfortable, but I did feel that my chest was stronger on completion of the exercise (almost as if I has just ran hard for 30 mins).

I am a big fan of my new toy and looking forward to how I feel at the end of week 2.

To find out more about the PowerBreathe & How it could benefit you visit:

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I am completing my triathllon for charity. My chosen charity is Northern Ireland Cancer Fund For Children.

 

Here is a link to their website.

 

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