For years, everyone thought that breathing didn't limit exercise performance. Lung volumes are essentially set, so how could breathing impact performance? But Alison McConnell, Professor of Applied Physiology at Brunel University's Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance, and a former competitive rower knew that sensations such as "lung burn" and the need to "stop and catch a breath" surely meant that breathing limited our ability to exercise. So she embarked on a journey of groundbreaking research and uncovered that yes, indeed, our breathing muscles suffer the same amount of fatigue and metabolic repercussions as any other exercising muscle. Only, when these muscles fatigue they steal blood and therefore energy away from our exercising muscles in order to continue to function. And that, most certainly, limits exercise performance. The good news is, she also developed a wonderful tool, called POWERbreathe that specifically targets and trains the respiratory muscles.
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At Breathe Well Physio, we can do a personalized assessment of your inspiratory muscle strength and function using the KH2 Software that accurately assesses Maximum Inspiratory Pressure. From there, we can determine the exact load that is right for you and design and program that addresses your specific needs or sporting enhancement requirements.