The Powerbreather as a breathing trainer – swimming sports despite asthma or COPD

Easier breathing – easier swimming. Powerbreather was developed to make swimming straightforward. Powerbreather is the world’s first snorkel system with 100% fresh air supply, which simplifies breathing while swimming. Great for recreational and general fitness swimmers. Swimmers can fully concentrate on the rhythm of their movements, feel the flow and always be supplied with 100% fresh air, without turning the head, swallowing water or blast clearing the snorkel.

This snorkel was developed as a sport and training device and is used by all age groups, swimming beginners, professional swimmers, fitness athletes, hobby athletes, snorkelers, and triathletes. With the help of the Powerbreather they achieve an improved performance during swim training, optimization of their swimming technique and freestyle swimming.  

The special feature of the Powerbreather is that inhalation and exhalation are completely separated, so inhalation of the health-endangering CO2, as experienced with a conventional snorkel, is prevented. Due to the AMEO FRESH AIR SYSTEM and its valve technology, the Powerbreather is also perfectly suited as a breathing trainer to learn the correct breathing technique as well as to train the breathing muscles. This makes it particularly useful for people with a respiratory disease (such as asthma or COPD), who can start doing sports in the water again. 

Based on three testimonials we have received from Powerbreather customers with respiratory restrictions, we will demonstrate the added value that the Powerbreather provides in this area. First, however, we would like to clarify what asthma or COPD is all about. 

What exactly is asthma? 

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract in which there is a constant risk of bronchial muscle spasms, which can lead to shortness of breath.  

Over the last 20 years, the number of asthma cases has increased and the trend continues in this direction – currently, depending on the data source, between 235 and just under 340 million people worldwide suffer from asthma, of whom approximately one in three is not older than 40.  

A distinction is made between two different forms of asthma: allergic (extrinsic) asthma and non-allergic (intrinsic) asthma. The disease can be both hereditary and triggered by external influences, for example due to regular exposure to pollutants in the air we breathe. 

What exactly is COPD? 

The abbreviation COPD stands for “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”. In this disease, patients suffer from a permanent narrowing of the airways, which makes it particularly difficult to exhale. The narrowing is caused by inflammation of the small airways, which can lead to mucus production and destruction of the lung tissue (also called emphysema). As a result, the airways collapse during exhalation. The cause of this disease is usually the inhalation of harmful particles over a long period of time, e.g. when smoking tobacco. 

People who suffer from COPD often experience the symptoms of chronic bronchitis: coughing, frequent sputum, and shortness of breath during physical exertion. Obstruction of exhalation often results in overinflation of the lungs, which, among other things, can also lead to a so-called “barrel chest” – a short, broad and barrel-shaped chest.  

Deterioration of the disease can only be achieved by eliminating the cause (e.g., smoking). 

Both COPD and asthma patients are advised to exercise their lungs regularly for the best possible recovery. Sports sessions are particularly effective for this and also train the rest of the body. 

In the following, we would like to introduce you to three people who have managed their disease with the help of the Powerbreather.

Swimming training with the Powerbreather as Therapy  

André is a former competitive athlete and passionate swimmer 

Last year we conducted an interview with André who suffers from breathing problems caused by years of cigarette consumption.  

André has been swimming since childhood and has participated in various championships. Today, he still swims in open water every day irrespective of the time of year or how cold the water is.  

He learned about the Powerbreather through the recommendation of a friend who knew he had always been a passionate swimmer.  

Since André’s doctor advised him to exercise his lungs and his friend was so enthusiastic about the Powerbreather, André decided to get one for himself. His goal was to help his lungs recover while improving his swimming technique.  

With a respiratory condition, it is especially important to practice conscious and deep breathing in and out, which is why André had been doing breathing exercises for some time. 

When he first tested the Powerbreather in the water, André was initially a little irritated, as breathing in and out seemed quite difficult to him at first. However, he became accustomed to the device after just a few minutes and was able to swim without any problems. During the swim, he was able to train his lungs by breathing in and out very long and deeply, while at the same time concentrating on his technique, which he continued to improve each time. 

The training showed clear results after a short time. Even out of the water, André felt almost no breathing difficulties anymore. This finding was also confirmed by his attending physician, as regular check-ups revealed that André’s breathing capacity had increased significantly.  

Before André started training with the Powerbreather, he used a special cortisone-containing spray to relieve the strain on his lungs when breathing problems occurred. Since he started swimming with the Powerbreather, he has been using this cortisone spray only in exceptional cases. 

“I never expected that training with the Powerbreather would be such an enormous help in getting my breathing problems under control,” André tells us in the interview. 

Not only has his health situation improved as a result of training with the Powerbreather, it has also been possible for André to raise his swimming technique to a whole new level. Since he usually swims in the ocean, he often had trouble with water entering his ears when turning his head to inhale – a problem that has become a thing of the past since using the Powerbreather, because the twisting motion in the cervical spine is eliminated when swimming with the Powerbreather. This also resulted in less strain on the spine and more fluid movements when swimming. 

Swimming without the Powerbreather is no longer an option for André today!

Emely, a college student with severe asthma since childhood

The following testimonial reached us by mail from the USA. Emely has loved swimming since childhood, even though she suffers from severe asthma. She is on the competitive swim team in college.  

In 2017 and 2018, her condition had worsened significantly. Due to the massive difficulties that she experienced during her swim training, she had to stop training sessions more and more often. One can imagine that this is a very stressful and frustrating situation for a young person, especially when swimming competitively. 

With her mother’s help she searched the Internet for aids for asthmatic swimmers, but initially without success. One day she read a comment in a chat and came across the term “Powerbreather”. 

She did some research and since she had already tried everything else, the Powerbreather seemed to be Emely’s last hope. Her mother ordered it the same day.  

The results exceeded her wildest expectations. During the very first training session with the Powerbreather, Emely made it through her warm-up workout without a break for the first time in months. Since that day, she has continued to improve her fitness and lung capacity while swimming. Not only that, but the now 17-year-old recently took 1st place (among other victories) in freestyle in her high school’s championships. As her swimming performance increased, her asthma has improved significantly. The Powerbreather has become a constant companion in Emely’s life. 

Brandon, neurologist and longtime asthmatic 

The last testimonial is from Brandon, 56, neurologist. Brandon has suffered from asthma since he was a teenager, when he was a member of the local country club’s swim team, and even then he noticed that sports helped alleviate the symptoms of his condition.  

As Brandon got older, he was like many others: he did less sports over time and gained weight. This eventually led to a dramatic deterioration of his asthma and the need to take various medications daily.  

This condition was not something Brandon wanted to accept, and he began trying different sports, including tennis, crossfit and various martial arts. Even though the exercise was good for his lungs, the opposite was true for his knees and back, which began to hurt more and more. 

When a back injury came on top, sports were out of the question at first. Brandon’s wife then suggested that he should take up swimming again. It was worth a try. There were few other alternatives, and since Brandon had access to the local university’s swimming pool, he gave it a try.  

Even though he immediately enjoyed swimming again, he had some difficulties because he could not turn his neck as well as he used to. This forced him to take several breaks during practice. 

Once back home, Brandon set out to search the internet for a snorkel that would help him avoid the painful rotation of his neck while swimming. In the process, he quickly came across the Powerbreather. After reading many positive testimonials on the Internet, he ordered one.   

The first swim workout with the Powerbreather changed everything for Brandon. He didn’t have to turn his head to breathe or stop during the workout. Today, he swims between 1,000 and 2,000 meters a day. Not only that, Brandon’s asthma has completely disappeared, he’s lost 10 pounds, no longer needs any medication and feels physically and mentally fitter than he has in a long time.

These are just a few of the stories of how the Powerbreather is changing people’s lives. Whether it’s breathing problems, cervical spine issues like Knut Gebauer’s story, obesity or lack of fitness, the Powerbreather can help you improve your health in a holistic way. 

Of course, the stories of André, Emely and Brandon show individual experiences, but we continue to receive reports from other people around the world who have had similar experiences. 

We are very happy to be able to give people with respiratory diseases and other physical challenges a tool that helps them to regain their health and to exercise in the water in a simplified way without negative physical stress. 

If you or someone around you is in a similar situation as André, Emely or Brandon at the beginning of their stories, tell them about the Powerbreather. There is no risk: We give everyone the opportunity to test our swim snorkel for 90 days – if you are not satisfied, we will refund the full purchase price.  

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