POWERbreathe - Training Benefits For Wind Musicians
Based upon our scientific understanding of the response of Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) in athletes (i.e. the muscles we use to breathe), a number of factors have proved to be of benefit to musicians, specifically players of wind instruments.
- Enhances the ability to inflate the lungs (take deeper breaths)
- Enhances the ability to control the breath
- Enhances the ability to sustain forceful breathing (breathing does not become fatigued)
POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training (breathing muscle training) has been developed and validated by professional sports scientists and researchers in inspiratory muscle physiology and boasts numerous research papers attesting to its efficacy.
POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training is scientifically proven to:
- Improve inspiratory muscle strength by 31.2%
- Improve inspiratory muscle endurance by 27.8%
- Reduce whole body effort during exercise/activities
Improve performance within 4-weeks (following tried & tested training regimen)
POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training, for:
- Learning the principles of deep breathing for a better performance
- Learning to control the breath for maintaining good form
- More efficient and thorough warm-up prior to rehearsal or performance
Train smarter, not harder, to perform better.
POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training For Wind Musicians
Musical performances can suffer due to lack of breathing preparation, including exercising the inspiratory muscles (breathing muscles) to make them stronger and improve their stamina.
Lack of breathing strength and stamina can leave musicians gasping for air between musical phrases and without the strength to hold notes for prolonged, powerful performances.
If we make any muscle stronger we improve our ability to control it, and the movement it creates, whilst operating under load. For example, if you strengthen your arm by weight training, you will discover that your ability to perform the same task is improved as a consequence of your superior arm strength.
When we breathe via an external resistance such as POWERbreathe, all of the muscles of inspiration are activated to an extent that is proportional to the size of the added resistance
For the respiratory athlete, such as a wind musician, POWERbreathe provides a unique stimulus to the inspiratory muscles. This stimulus cannot be produced without imposing an external load to inhalation, but the functional enhancement it stimulates may provide for enhanced capacity and endurance.
Respiratory athletes have reported that training and warm-up with POWERbreathe provides something that they cannot achieve through any other means of training, practice or warm-up.
In common with physical athletes, respiratory athletes engage in specific training to maintain and enhance their performance. Our work with physical athletes has demonstrated that even in the highly trained international standard competitor, their inspiratory muscles are essentially untrained. This is because most of their training occurs at intensities of exercise that do not provide a training stimulus to the inspiratory muscles. Whilst this problem may not be quite so pronounced in respiratory athletes who engage in specific breathing exercises, our anecdotal reports suggest that they too can benefit from the 'super-enhancement' of inspiratory muscles’ performance, which comes from training with POWERbreathe.
Links to research papers, published in peer-reviewed, high quality scientific journals. As well as original studies, we have also included some articles that review IMT; these have been written by experts in this field of research.
The underlying physiology of IMT and inspiratory warm-up
- Effects of changes in inspiratory muscle strength on the sensation of respiratory force.
- Influence of acute inspiratory loading upon diaphragm motor-evoked potentials in healthy humans.
Exercise-induced inspiratory muscle fatigue in sports & exercise
Warm-up in sports & exercise
- Specific respiratory warm-up improves rowing performance and exertional dyspnoea.