Better Breathing Blog

Can You Increase Lung Capacity for Swimming?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Nov 11, 2016 1:08:30 PM

Swimming requires a high level of endurance. It has become common to say the way to raise endurance levels is by increasing lung capacity. We’ll go into why this is confusing. But, the general idea behind this advice is true; to increase endurance you need in increase the efficiency of your breathing. This means using less energy to breathe and breathing in and out more air when you do.

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Topics: Triathletes, Athletes, Swimming, Competitive Swimming

Cyclists, Find the Breath for the Last Stretch

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 20, 2016 10:41:00 AM

The body’s demand for oxygen increases during exercise, necessitating a boost in breathing volume and requiring various muscles around the lungs to contract in coordination. As the intensity of the exercise rises, these respiratory muscles have to contract with increased force and rapidity to keep up with the rise in the body’s metabolism. This vital role of the respiratory muscles has generated much interest in the relationship between respiratory muscle fitness and ‘whole-body’ exercise capacity.

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Topics: Athletes, Cycling

Rowers: Be in Sync with your Breathing

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

 

Not everyone competes in rowing, and not everyone who competes in rowing does so on the water. Did you know there was an International Indoor Rowing championship held last March 15 in Boston, MA? The US’ own Erin Roberts took first place in Women’s Open Light Weight and the US took second and third in Women’s heavy weight.

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Topics: Training, Athletes, Rowing

Respiratory Muscle Power While Swimming Before and After Training (with PowerLung)

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jun 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM

If you are looking to improve the strength and ability of your respiratory system, be it for general health, professional sport, public speaking or musical performance you will likely need targeted respiratory training to allow yourself to get to the next level. PowerLung offers an incredibly effective device to assist you with this training. 

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Topics: Training, Athletes, Swimming, Coaches

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 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

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

How to Build Your Cycling Energy and Endurance

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 9, 2014 10:56:00 AM

As a cyclist, have you ever been in the middle of a hike, race or a simple ride around the neighborhood, when you realize that respiratory fatigue has hit your body?  While your mind is on cycling, your breathing becomes shallow, you have trouble getting deep breaths, and your muscles feel on fire.  This will result in a decrease in bike speed, which could lead you to lose the race, delay your hike or make you just want to walk back home.  In a race scenario, after spending months and even years training your endurance, you shouldn’t let respiratory fatigue take you out of the race.  During training, cyclists often overlook the importance of breath training and respiratory fitness. What could respiratory muscle training do for your cycling endurance and performance? 

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Athletes, Cycling

How to Use PowerLung in the Taper Phase of Training

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 17, 2013 9:00:00 AM

As fall athletic competitions heat up, most coaches have laid out the season’s training program to include a taper period, especially in endurance sports.  Even taper before a 5K running race is recommended. The pre-tapering training and training during the period may vary by athlete and sport. Length of taper may vary from a period of a week or more.  

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Swimming, Coaches

Runners: Do you forget about your posture and breathing?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 10, 2013 9:30:00 AM

A recent tweet, included below, by one of our followers brought up the issue of posture and breathing for runners.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Running, Athletes