The Powerbreathe Medic is used by patients with Asthma, COPD, and the likes to improve inspiratory muscle strength. Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) reduces dyspnoea during exercise and daily activities,. It improves exercise tolerance and quality of life, particularly in patients with COPD.
According to the Powerbreathe website: POWERbreathe is a scientifically proven Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) device, developed by leading scientists for improving the strength and endurance of the muscles used to breathe in, primarily the diaphragm and intercostals / rib cage muscles.
I don't want to confuse anyone, the Powerbreathe is in no way associated with the Powerbreather Snorkel, not even from the same country. I'm also not a Doctor, not play one on TV. That said, take this obvious comparison and advice with a grain of salt.
I'm an athlete, an aging one at 50, but I like to play. I'm not dedicated to one sport, I swim, I play hockey, I run just a handful of times a year, I bike around the city a bit, I work out at the gym pretty often. I'm just generally overall active.
Using the Powerbreather snorkel has helped me in every aspect of my athletic life, and not just subtly, but noticeably. It wasn't after a year of daily use, but actually more like within a few weeks of just a few days a week.
Just a quick look at our reviews. At a 130, safe to say it's pretty honest. About 80% love it, 15% hate it, and the rest somewhere in between.
When I dig into why people hate it, with the exception of a few obvious competitors submitting fake reviews, it's pretty much across the board they have a hard time breathing.
Admittedly, I was one of those people who struggled day one and day 2. I was rushed, I wanted to love it, but had to take breaks and catch my breath.
By day 3, things started to ease, and by day 5 or so the changes progressed. I was able to relax into my breathing, full exhales, full inhales. I realized I didn't need to fall into the habits of breathing with my arm stroke. I found a zen like meditation in focusing on my breathing. I no longer needed to stop but could go literally a full mile with stopping only for a squirt of water from my bottle at the end of the lane a few times. But then... the real changes happened, my hockey game felt less winded, it was real. My biking was stronger, my running was faster. I'm not talking Olympics here, but my reality is that my my lungs were stronger. I know lungs aren't a muscle, but the intercostal muscles that run between the ribs and help move the chest walls can and do get stronger, that's what facilitates breathing.
All Powerbreathers come with Easy speedvents. At Powerbreather USA, we general sell the accessories of Medium and Power speedvents to hard core triathletes. But recently, after more and more reviews are being posted about the benefits of Powerbreather with Asthma, we're slowly seeing a people get the speedvents that make it just a little harder to breathe. It's not for everybody, but if strengthening your intercostal muscles is of interest, this is how you get there.