Better Breathing Blog

Keeping Your PowerLung Clean

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Nov 24, 2014 8:30:00 AM

If you’ve been enjoying the benefits of PowerLung you might be wondering what to do when cleaning it. The instructions that come with your PowerLung provide you with information on how to clean your PowerLung. There are also specific instructions on the PowerLung website here . Also note, you do not have to complete disassemble your PowerLung to clean it. Just follow the instructions.

Why do I need to clean my PowerLung?

The use of PowerLung causes some of the bacteria, food particles or other materials present in our mouths and saliva to be exhaled directly into the product. This obviously isn’t immediately harmful but over time can actually build up and cause the PowerLung to be “glued” closed and to cease functioning properly.

It is important to keep the PowerLung clean, both for hygienic reasons, to ensure continual 

functionality and to keep your warranty in force. Luckily, the PowerLung team has developed a highly useful product, specifically for this task – PowerLung Washe.  The most cost effective way to purchase PowerLung Washe is in the Jumbo (16 fluid ounce) size when you purchase your PowerLung.  If you already have a PowerLung then go ahead and purchase 2 Jumbo sizes so you have about a 6-month supply.

You can place your PowerLung on a paper towel to dry, “stand” it on the mouthpiece end, or lean it so the mouthpiece end is facing down for draining. Usually shaking the PowerLung thoroughly before placing it on the paper towel eliminates the extra water and helps it dry overnight.

You should rinse your PowerLung at least once a day. Always use hot tap water, not boiling water to clean or rinse your PowerLung. Be careful that the product is hand washed and not exposed to a dishwasher or other high temperature environments. 

While rinsing is helpful, soaking your PowerLung at least once a week in PowerLung Washe and hot tap water as shown in the instructions, helps assure there is no build up of particles or saliva and helps keep your PowerLung functioning properly.

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Topics: Better Breathing, PowerLung, PowerLung Care

What to do if you reach maximum on your current PowerLung?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 13, 2014 8:30:00 AM

If you have reached the maximum on your current PowerLung then congratulations, you are progressing well. Fortunately, there are two ways to continue your development and go forward from here. The first is to adjust your routine and the second is to add new resistance cells.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, PowerLung

Advanced Tips for Developing a Smart Training Routine, Without Overdoing It

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 6, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Some people believe that breathing with PowerLung while you train will speed up your training progress.  However, PowerLung is not an “overnight fix.” Overtraining and over working your muscles leads to muscle pain and injuries. A gradual integration of PowerLung into your training program will help you build up strength and endurance. Building the intensity of your training program allows your body to adapt and move forward without injury. 

The Starting Line

PowerLung muscle training is pure and simple.  It uses progressive threshold resistance to strengthen the muscles and to train them to breathe in a certain manner. Training with PowerLung, as with any muscle training, takes time. During the first four weeks, muscles learn to do the exercise and to improve strength and endurance.  Doing more in the first four weeks than the PowerLung instructions outlined is equivalent to lifting weights too often with your strength-training program.  You may risk overstraining and issues that accompany sore muscles. 

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Topics: Triathletes, Running, Athletes

How Your World Cup Team Could Gain a Competitive Edge

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 1, 2014 2:31:00 PM

The 2014 World Cup has made history as the 136 goals scored during the Group Stage has been the most goals scored since 1958. Despite being some of the most mentally and physically prepared athletes in the world, this record setting World Cup has had a huge impact on the athletes. From official water breaks to athletes subbing out for cramps and exhaustion, we’ve seen these elite athletes breaking down in front of our eyes. Is it possible that these athletes aren’t training all of their muscles as effectively as possible?

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Soccer

How to Sprint Without Overextending Yourself

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 15, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Sprinting. People either hate it or they love it. When coaches require their players to sprint, they hate it. When runners, cyclists or swimmers sprint to the finish line, they love it. Sprinting really depends on when you do it and why you do it. Many joggers use a sprint to finish their run, while sprinting for some athletes, like soccer players or swimmers, is just part of the game or competition. The goal behind sprinting, however, should be to push your body to new exercise or athletic levels, not to overextend it.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Health and Fitness, Track and Field

PowerLung® is Attending the 35th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards Show!

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 1, 2014 8:38:00 AM

That’s right! The PowerLung® has been garnering so much attention lately that it has reached the pinnacle of the sports world. We have been invited to place our breathing training product in the hands of the special guests attending the 2014 Sports Emmy® Awards Show, which will be held May 6 at the Time Warner Center in New York City.

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Topics: Better Breathing, PowerLung

How to Condition Your Lungs for a Better Diving Experience

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Apr 22, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Scuba diving opens your eyes to a whole new world and is an immensely rewarding adventure. However, for the novice diver a lack of experience and scuba technique can prevent you from fully enjoying the dive. Some of the most common problems faced include not adapting well to the changes in pressure, confusion in water or even weak swimming skills. Nevertheless, far and by the most important factor that can influence a novice diver’s experience is breath control while diving. Rapid or shallow breathing will reduce the amount of time you get to enjoy your dive because you reach the maximum amount of time per tank more quickly. There are various factors that influence the divers breathing, notably nerves, technique and respiratory health. Nerves will calm with experience whilst technique and respiratory strength can be improved through training. To condition your lungs for a better diving experience you should consider breathing exercises and respiratory muscle training devices.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Scuba Diving

How to Differentiate between Progressive Threshold Resistance and Restrictive Resistance in Training

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Apr 14, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Breathing is a body function of everyday life that most people take for granted. Without the ability to breathe, we could not stay alive. Athletes understand the importance of proper breathing for training and fitness routines.  How can you improve your breathing? Resistance training is the key. Working your muscles against resistance strengthens them over time. There are two distinct methods of resistance training: Progressive Threshold Resistance and Restrictive Resistance. So, what are the main differences between them? 

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Breathing Under Water: Utilizing Your Breath During Competitive Swimming

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Feb 20, 2014 8:30:00 AM

There is no greater demand placed upon your lungs than in competitive swimming. The constant motion of every inch of your body requires the constant dispersing of oxygen to every part. The pull and drag of the body that comes with swimming makes it obvious that without stellar respiratory strength, you will be pulling up the backend in whatever swimming competition you find yourself in. When swimming, you must utilize your breathing wisely and create a breathing technique that supplies enough oxygen to your extremities, but also keeps your heart at a steady rate.

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Topics: Triathletes, Swimming

Race to the Finish Line with Better Breathing

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Feb 5, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Track and field athletes run thousands of miles in their careers. The end goal of every race, every competition, is to make it past the finish line faster than every other runner on the field. It takes strength, endurance, and skill to train for track and field events. Many runners fail to realize the importance of breathing technique and rhythm. Breathing should not limit your ability to run or perform running routines. Are you using proper breathing methods as you run towards the finish line?

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Topics: Athletes, Health and Fitness, Track and Field

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