Better Breathing Blog

Learn What Muscles You Need to Train for Better Breathing

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It is commonly understood that using Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT), a series of exercises and breathing techniques to increase strength and endurance of respiratory muscles, will improve breathing (and subsequently, respiration) during periods of exercise. However, understanding the science behind RMT is important to better utilize the techniques to benefit respiration and endurance.

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

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

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

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

CrossFit Chronicles

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 7, 2016 10:13:02 AM

When I started using PowerLung seventeen years ago, it took me some time to learn how use it to the best advantage. More importantly, I had to learn how to breathe properly to get the most from the training. It was, therefore, no surprise to me when the same thing happened with CrossFit. While still weak in some skills, the improvement in others is more than obvious.

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Topics: Crossfit

PowerLung and Crossfit Training – Carolyn’s Story

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

PowerLung has received many inquiries about using the device with Crossfit. Needless to say, I was curious for that reason alone, but I had personal reasons as well. I’d lost weight, but in the past two years I’d been working out still hadn’t built the muscle I needed to pursue Crossfit training. Frankly, I was somewhat afraid. Three areas of concern were:

  • Age
  • Current fitness ability
  • Stories about people injured when starting the training (everybody had one!)

I discussed Crossfit with people my age who used this training, read a library of books about the subject, and sought recommendations of “boxes” near me. But I did not start a regimen. Then one day, destiny gave me the needed push. A Groupon® appeared for a facility within two miles. I bought the one-month option and, within two days, I had begun my journey to better strength, flexibility and fitness.

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Topics: Crossfit

2014 Biohackers Conference Lightning Talk: Increase Stamina and Lung Capacity with Powerlung

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 14, 2015 10:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, PowerLung, Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Swimming, Coaches, Active Aging, Musicians and Vocalists, Health and Fitness, Track and Field, Scuba Diving, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Rowing, Hockey, Crossfit, Competitive Swimming, Yoga, Diving