Powerbreathe Review: How to Get Maximum Benefits
their articles, studies, and reviews, the creators of Powerbreathe say that
the training of the inspiratory muscles is the most effective method to improve
health and oxygen transport. Clinical trials have revealed some positive
effects of this respiration device on athletic performance (Edwards et al, 2008;
Edwards et al, 2004; Hart et al, 2001).
How could this device improve oxygen levels in cells? Oxygen levels in body
cells will be higher if the automatic breathing pattern is slower and lighter
(reduced minute ventilation and higher arterial CO2). Could Powerbreathe lead to
Most people have incorrect ideas about breathing patterns for maximum body
oxygenation. As a result, they try to breathe more air (sometimes or often)
thinking that they can get more oxygen in the brain and body cells. However,
hundreds of medical studies tell us that breathing more than the tiny medical
norm (6 L/min at rest) reduces oxygen delivery to cells.
How could Powerbreathe
improve oxygen levels in cells? Oxygen levels in body cells will be higher if
the automatic breathing pattern after the sessions is slower and lighter
(reduced minute ventilation and higher arterial CO2).
The training manuals and practical
applications (e.g., in clinical trials) of Powerbreathe are based
on one key recommendation that makes this device useful for athletes to increase
VO2max and improve health. Exhalations, according to the creators of this
trainer, are slow and passive. Indeed, should exhalations be fast (assume that
it was decided that the training of expiratory muscles is also important), there
would be virtually no benefits from Powerbreathe.
Powerbreathe vs. UltraBreathe, Expand-A-Lung, PowerLung
You can get
maximum benefits from Powerbreathe if you follow some additional instructions
related to lifestyle changes in order to improve body-oxygen levels 24/7.
It is a mistake to compare Powerbreathe vs. Expand-A-Lung or Powerbreathe
vs. Powerlung since it is how you use the trainer, rather than which
trainer you use, that matters most for modern athletes.
Furthermore, if you try to exhale longer and even hold your breath after
exhalations during breathing exercises (for advanced stages of training only),
then you can get even more benefits from Powerbreathe and achieve higher body
oxygen levels. You can get even better results if you train with the Training Mask since this breathing device can be used during exercise for 20 or 30 min or even longer (if you click the link above, you can read its review). The Training Mask simulates high altitude training and has most profound effect on VO2max, endurance, health and fitness.
Br J Sports Med. 2008 Oct;42(10):823-7. Epub 2008 Feb 28.
Concurrent inspiratory muscle and cardiovascular training differentially
improves both perceptions of effort and 5000 m running performance compared
with cardiovascular training alone.
Edwards AM, Wells C, Butterly R.
Eur J Appl Physiol. 2004 Oct;93(1-2):139-44. Epub 2004 Aug 19.
Oxygen uptake kinetics and maximal aerobic power are unaffected by
inspiratory muscle training in healthy subjects where time to exhaustion is
Edwards AM, Cooke CB.
Respir Med. 2001 Jun;95(6):526-31.
Evaluation of an inspiratory muscle trainer in healthy humans.
Hart N, Sylvester K, Ward S, Cramer D, Moxham J, Polkey MI.
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