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

Maximize Your Dry Training Before Taking The Plunge

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Free diving is one of the most intense and dangerous sports.  Not knowing what you are doing can be fatal.  Even trained competitors get hurt in controlled situations.  The danger that inherently comes with diving to great depths without an oxygen supply only highlights the need for proper training.

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Topics: Swimming, Scuba Diving, Diving

What Can Training Do For Breathing and Lungs?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 30, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Athletes spend countless hours training for their individual spot, focusing on the dynamics, specific muscle groups, and the science behind the movement involved. However, do they consider training their lungs?

Studies have shown positive effects of respiratory muscle training (RMT) on athletes’ breathing ability and overall performance. Understanding the science behind the respiratory system can help explain why respiratory muscle training is so valuable to athletic performance potential.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Swimming, Health and Fitness, Competitive Swimming

Swimming: The Art of Breathing Well

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The need for every living thing to breathe well cannot be denied. However, the need for strong breathing is evident to athletes. Since both respiratory and activity-based muscles compete for oxygen, athletes must become more efficient in their breathing ability to maximize performance. Although this relationship is understandable in all athletic events, none is more obvious to understand as in the sport of swimming.

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Topics: Triathletes, Swimming, Health and Fitness, Scuba Diving, Competitive Swimming

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

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

Can Your Lungs Keep Up With The Kids This Summer?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The kids are finishing the school year and the weather is warm and sunny. Outdoor activities make for great spring and summer fun! Don’t let exertion get in the way of fun with the kids! Make sure your lungs are strong enough to keep up with the kids this summer so you and your family can stay active together.

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Topics: Better Breathing, PowerLung, Swimming, Active Aging, Health and Fitness

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

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