I have the Power Lung Trainer model, it’s the second most difficult of the 4 Power Lung models. I have been using it for about 4 weeks so far, and it has been great, so it’s time to review it.
The research all stacks up for resisted breathing training, so this review will be a personal case study. If you want the scientific research results, you can read that here instead – Increasing Lung Capacity.
The Models (Difficulty Levels)
There are 4 models, and I would describe the suitable users as follows:
- AireStream (severe breathing issues or elderly with weak lungs)
- BreatheAir (unfit individual)
- Trainer (casual athlete)
- Sport (elite athlete)
My First Use
When my Power Lung arrived, I opened it up and tried it. I could barely inhale or exhale air at the minimum resistance level of the Trainer model that I bought, so I was worried I had chosen a too advanced model. I lift weights 3 times per week and ride my bicycle 30km+ per week (although I have minor exercise induced asthma), and could barely use the minimum level of the Trainer model. After a week though, I had increased both the inhale and exhale resistance levels above the minimum, so it all started falling into place pretty quickly. Luckily I didn’t buy the Elite Athlete model, or it probably would have been impossible for me to use!
4 Week Update
After 4 weeks, I have increased the inhalation resistance level from the minimum (below level 1) to 3.5 out of 6, and the exhale resistance from the minimum (below level 1) to 1.5 out of 3. That means I have progressed almost half of the way from the casual athlete model to the elite athlete model after 1 month. I consider that great progress for just 4 weeks and for a guy with exercise induced asthma.
I expect it will take me 1-2 more months to reach the maximum inhalation resistance level, and 3+ months to reach the maximum exhalation level. Reaching the maximum levels will mean that I have to upgrade to the Sport model, but considering that my breathing will have improved drastically by that point, it’s a relatively small price to pay.
Before and After
Going back to the minimum resistance level now feels almost like regular breathing, it’s an amazing difference. It’s not difficult at all. That is an impressive comparison of where I was just 4 weeks ago. It was very difficult on day 1, and barely noticeable now.
I would have liked to do a before and after 2 mile timed run for you, but I had hamstring tendonitis at the start of the training period and didn’t want to exacerbate the injury. Apologies for not providing you with that useful information.
Is the price fair? At $100+ it’s not cheap, but considering that it’s about the same cost as 1 or 2 personal training sessions, and you would not get such significant results from just 2 training sessions, I think it’s good value in comparison. The price is a bit steep for an assembly of plastic and springs, but it’s a worth-while purchase for what it does to your body.
Another small negative is that it’s pretty loud. I tend to go into my bedroom for 5 minutes to do my training alone as to not disturb anybody. The training doesn’t take long though, so the noise is manageable.
I forgot to mention, the Power Lung company recommends training for 3 sets of 10 repetitions twice per day, but I only do it once per day. It was not so much laziness, as it was me wanting to see what I could achieve in the minimum time per day. So my impressive results were from doing only half of the recommended training frequency. If you followed their recommendation to train 2 times per day, your results could possibly be better than mine.
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