Better Breathing Blog

Best Practices for Muscle Recovery After Training

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You are working hard, maintaining a tough training schedule and feeling good about it, but the soreness is starting to affect you. Your first thought may be to simply back off what you are doing, or quit altogether, but that’s not the answer. There are ways to minimize soreness and improve recovery so you can maintain your training regimen.

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Topics: Training, Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Swimming, Track and Field, Scuba Diving, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Rowing, Hockey, Crossfit, Competitive Swimming, Yoga, Diving

Essential Tips for New Runners

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

There has been an increased interest in running in the past few years, with new athletes of all shapes and sizes taking to the road. And why not? Running is a wonderful way to get outside, exercise, meet new people, and enjoy the great outdoors (not to mention some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets). No matter when or where you decide to take up running, here are some tips to make your experience rewarding.

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Topics: Triathletes, Running, Athletes

Respiratory Training: Do You Want An Elite Engine Under Your Hood?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

As elite athletes, you are considered the best in your sport, and the public assumes you train every part of the body required for your sport. When you walk up to the starting line, put on that helmet, even step into those skis, do you have the biggest engine under your proverbial hood?  Do you know that the strength of your respiratory system can make or break your performance? A trained respiratory system is likened to having a big engine under the hood; with the ability draw in more fuel (oxygen), your output (performance) increases. It is crucial to train and strengthen it so you can perform at your best.

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Topics: Training, Triathletes, Athletes, Crossfit

Train Respiratory Muscles for Peak Performance and Better Recovery

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Amid all your exercise and training plans, can you add one more thing to your plate? Respiratory muscle training (RMT) is one skill you may be considering. However, is it worth the effort, both in increasing performance and for an easier recovery?

You may think your training regimen covers all aspects of your conditioning needs, that it is not necessary to concentrate on your breathing ability. However, the fact remains: respiratory muscle fatigue during exercise can limit performance.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Athletes, Health and Fitness

Strengthen Your Respiratory Muscles

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 6, 2017 4:04:08 PM

Athletes, professional and amateur alike, think about training their heart, legs, back, and anything else related to their sport. However, rarely do people ponder training their lungs. There is a direct link between fatigued breathing and reduced performance (weakness) in your legs or other muscles needed to compete in any given sport. The bottom line is that when you breathe better, you provide more oxygen to your muscles, thereby improving your athletic performance.

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Topics: Training, Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Swimming, Musicians and Vocalists, Health and Fitness, Track and Field, Scuba Diving, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Rowing, Hockey, Crossfit, Competitive Swimming

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