Thank you for your purchase of PowerLung. This document contains information and facts you need to learn about your PowerLung and how to use it to achieve its benefits. When used as directed, this product provides more than breathing exercise. PowerLung is proven in independent research studies to train breathing as it trains and strengthens the 12 sets of muscles used in breathing. Unlike any other product available today, PowerLung can be used independently to tone, strengthen and condition your breathing muscles.
Use PowerLung for all aspects of breathing, breath control and breathing technique for sport, health and performing arts. The adjustability of PowerLung provides strength while promoting a focus on deep breathing for every aspect of your breathing training and breathing exercises. The independent controls on PowerLung provide flexibility to add it to any type of training, practice or exercise program. When you reinforce deep breathing, you get more from any exercise or activity and you reinforce good breathing technique and habits.
PowerLung products are designed for training and exercise use only. Any other use is not recommended. PowerLung products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, consult your physician before using PowerLung. Consult your physician before beginning this or any training program.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN:
PowerLung products contain small parts that can be harmful to children. PowerLung Washe contains harmful materials. Keep out of reach of children.
The purpose of this guide is to train you in the proper way to use your PowerLung and gain the most benefits from your PowerLung to improve breathing, strength training, exercise fitness, resonance and projection, fitness exercises, and overall breathing. Remember, this is a new training program. It is important to learn to do it properly. Train hard, practice regularly and enjoy the benefits of PowerLung.
Use PowerLung for all aspects of breathing, including breath control, and breathing technique. PowerLung provides respiratory muscle strength while promoting a focus on deep breathing for every aspect of your breathing training. When you reinforce deep breathing, you get more from any exercise or activity and you reinforce good breathing technique and habits. The goal of any PowerLung exercise is to:
Strengthen, train, and condition your breathing muscles.
Reduce breathing effort.
Increase breathing efficiency and increase endurance.
Train and reinforce deep breathing.
Before you begin, please take a moment to review the instructions in this user guide to become better acquainted with your new PowerLung breathing product and program.
PowerLung is designed to focus on the core elements of breathing. The Inhalation and Exhalation Control Dials should be set at “1”, the lowest setting.
The Inhalation Control Dial and the Exhalation Control Dial adjust independently and have no effect on each other. During training, you may find your Inhalation Control Dial setting to be different from your Exhalation Control Dial setting and that you do not adjust the Control Dials at the same time.
To increase the Control Dial, turn it clockwise. To decrease the Control Dial, turn it counter-clockwise. Arrows on the Control Dials can assist you.
Each Control Dial has a minimum and maximum setting (printed on the Control Dial). The Inhalation Control Dial starts at a minimum setting of “1” and can go to a maximum setting of “6”. This Control is used to set the level of effort for breathing in. The Exhalation Control Dial starts at a minimum setting of “1” and can go to a maximum setting of “3”. This Control is used to set the level of effort for breathing out. The size of the opening through which you breathe remains constant regardless of the setting you select. This provides consistency in the flow of air as you make adjustments. Any change in the rate of air flow is a result of your ability to move air at any given setting.
For example, if you increase the setting on one of the Control Dials and notice a reduced flow rate, then that setting is too high for you. Conversely, if you increase the setting on one of the Control Dials and notice relatively little difference in the flow of air or quality of air, then it is time for you to increase the setting (provided the air flow was of a full, robust quality on each breath).
The Control Dials can be completely unscrewed if decreased too far. Be careful to avoid this so damage to the PowerLung does not occur.
You will notice that the range of settings is almost infinite between the lowest and highest settings. The recommended approach for adjusting the Control Dials is to divide the rotations in relation to one complete turn; for example, one half turn, one quarter turn, one eighth turn, and so on.
With experimentation, you gain awareness of the relationship between the adjustments of the Control Dials. Initially, you may notice little difference when making adjustments on the Control Dial. As you use your PowerLung, you become more sensitive to your choice of settings and increments of adjustment.
Remember, less is more. This is most easily accomplished by listening to the sound of the air during breathing. Listen for a full, robust quality to the air during the exercise. Too high of a setting will make it difficult to maintain proper breathing form and achieve a full, deep breath.
Everybody is unique. Because of that, everybody’s breathing ability is different. Before beginning any training program with PowerLung, you must determine the ideal settings right for you. Do not let your ego or pride get in the way of your development by setting the Control Dials too high. This only makes the exercises too difficult and will do more harm than good. Always keep good, deep breathing form when using PowerLung. This helps you get more from any activity and reinforces good deep breathing habits.
Remember, the goal of any PowerLung Training Program is to:
Strengthen, exercise and condition your breathing muscles.
Reduce breathing effort
Increase breathing efficiency and increase endurance
Reinforce deep breathing
The process for finding your ideal settings is designed to raise your awareness of:
How you interact with the different settings;
How your body reacts with the different settings;
How much is too much?
Begin by setting both Control Dials to “1”. This is the least difficult setting. Place the Mouthpiece in your mouth with the Lip Guard outside of your lips as pictured. Breathe in through your PowerLung. Fill your lungs completely in about 3 seconds maximum. Then breathe out completely, pushing all the air out of your lungs in about 3 seconds maximum. Breathe in a relaxed manner and listen for a full, robust sound of air.
If the sound is very thin, or light, like breathing through pursed lips, keep your PowerLung set to the least difficult setting. As you become more accustomed to the training, the air should sound more full. When you are able to breathe deeply, filling your lungs completely in 3 seconds, and generate a full sound or air, you may begin increasing the breathing effort on the Control Dials. Continue to page 16 to learn how to Warm-up with your PowerLung.
Do not bite down on the Mouthpiece.
Adjust one Control Dial at a time to avoid confusion while finding your ideal settings.
To find the proper inhale setting begin by establishing the low and high end of your training or practice range. The low end of your range is the least difficult setting marked as “1” on the Inhalation Control Dial.
Without the PowerLung breathe out completely, emptying the air from your lungs. Now, take a breath in deeply through your PowerLung. Fill your lungs completely in about 3 seconds. Taking longer than 3 seconds does not give you strength training benefits. Taking less than 3 seconds does not train deep breathing. Listen carefully for a full, robust sound created by the air moving through the PowerLung.
Turn the Inhalation Control Dial one full turn clockwise to increase the setting and repeat the same breathing process. Remember to breathe out completely without the PowerLung before you begin to breathe in. Continue to increase the setting and breathing in pattern until you can no longer fill your lungs completely in 3 seconds, the sound of inhalation is very light, or you feel like you are really working hard but only getting air in the upper part of your lungs. When one of these instances occurs, you have reached the upper end of your inhale range and the setting is too high to give you benefit.
Now you have established your inhale training range. Somewhere in the middle is the setting for you. Begin decreasing the Inhalation Control Dial until you find a setting about midway between the high end and low end of your range.
A complete turn represents a significant change in the setting, decrease the Inhalation Control Dial by turning it 1/8 of a turn as you reach the midway point between the low end and high end of your training range. After every adjustment, breathe in. Fill your lungs completely in 3 seconds. Before breathing in remember to breathe out completely without your PowerLung. Be sure to use no more than 3 seconds for breathing in. You have reached the proper setting when you have the ability to breathe to fill your lungs to full capacity, generate a full sounding inhalation but feel some effort in your breathing.
Less is more. Do not let your pride or ego get in the way of good deep breathing. However, do not make it so easy, you do not receive the benefits of exercise and conditioning your breathing muscles.
Finding this setting is similar to how we found your inhalation setting. The low end of your exhale training or practice is the least difficult setting marked as “1” on the Exhalation Control Dial.
Without the PowerLung take a deep breath and completely fill your lungs. Now, through the PowerLung breathe out completely in 3 seconds. Be sure you empty all the air in your lungs in 3 seconds. Listen carefully for a full, robust sound created by the air moving through the PowerLung. Remember, taking longer than 3 seconds does not give you the strength training benefits.
Exhaling for PowerLung training is not like any other breathing technique or training you use in sports, music or yoga. This is to strengthen your muscles. To get the most benefit, think of your body as a tube of toothpaste squeeze out the air beginning with the abdominal muscles and moving up your torso.
Increase the setting by one full turn on the Exhalation Control Dial by turning it clockwise. Without the PowerLung fill your lungs completely then breathe out completely through PowerLung in 3 seconds. Continue to increase the setting and exhaling until you can no longer empty your lungs completely in 3 seconds, the sound of exhalation is very light, you feel like you are really working hard but only getting air in the upper part of your lungs, or you feel pressure in your ears. When any one of these instances occurs, you have reached the upper end of your exhale range. This setting is too high to give you benefits for the Exhalation Control Dial.
Now you have established your Exhale training range. Somewhere in the middle is the setting for you. Begin by decreasing the Exhalation Control Dial 1/8 turn until you find a setting for you about midway between the high end and low end of your range. Remember, you are looking for the ability to breathe to empty your lungs completely in 3 seconds maximum, generate a full sounding inhalation with some effort in your breathing.
Again, less is more. Do not let your pride or ego get in the way of good deep breathing. However, do not make it so easy, you do not receive the benefits of exercise and conditioning your breathing muscles.
You have found your ideal settings for the Inhalation Control Dial and Exhalation Control Dial. You are now ready to begin training with your PowerLung.
There are many ways you can use your PowerLung, whether it is on its own or as an aid with other exercise or training programs. The Warm-Up and Training Program are two programs designed to help you tone and condition your breathing muscles. After you have used the Training Program for at least a month, you can begin to add other routines you design yourself.
Here are a few tips before you begin any training with PowerLung.
Never hold your breath during the Training Program.
If you feel lightheaded during training, stop immediately. Let the feeling subside and begin the training again. This is common for new users to PowerLung and usually decreases as you become accustomed to using PowerLung. If it persists, contact your physician.
Do not lift your shoulders or tense your neck muscles when breathing in through your PowerLung. If you find yourself doing it, your Inhalation Control Dial setting may be too high.
When breathing out through your PowerLung, do not puff your cheeks. If you find yourself puffing your cheeks, your Exhalation Control Dial setting may be too high.
If you lift your shoulders or tense your neck muscles when breathing in, or puffing your cheeks when breathing out, try lying down on your back when using PowerLung. Your breathing usually more relaxed this way.
Make sure to only breathe through your mouth when using PowerLung. Breathing through your nose is not the proper way to train with PowerLung and you will not gain the benefits from PowerLung. If you have difficulty with this, try pinching your nose closed or reducing the settings.
Getting a dry throat is common for new users to PowerLung. If you find yourself getting a dry throat from using PowerLung, take a sip of water between sets to help keep it moist.
Finally, relax and don’t think about breathing right. When you have your ideal setting, your body and PowerLung will help you breathe right.
For PowerLung Active Series users, this program can be used just like your stretching or other warm-up activities before any activity, workout, or competition. This gently stretches the muscles and promotes deep, natural breathing. Also use it during long workouts or after any activity, exercise or competition to keep muscles limber, promote muscle relaxation, and reduce blood lactate levels.
For PowerLung Performer Series users, this program is intended to trigger a natural relaxation response in the body and remind you of the relaxed, natural form you want to reinforce when you produce sound. It can be used throughout the day before playing or singing or to relax during a long practice or a performance. You can also use the M422T model to warm up.
When training with PowerLung, it is a good idea to keep track of your settings and progress in a practice journal or training log.
If you are not on the minimum setting, turn both Control Dials to decrease to the minimum setting.
Exhale all your air before beginning the inhalation then breathe deeply through the PowerLung for 5 to 10 breaths.
Maintain a good, relaxed form with a full range of motion throughout the Warm-Up Program.
The following program is the foundation for any new or returning PowerLung user. This program is designed to strengthen the respiratory muscles. Sports, fitness and wellness-minded individuals reinforce good deep breathing. Developing, serious and professional musicians reinforce a smooth, fluid breathing process.
Stronger respiratory muscles reduce the perceived effort of breathing and increase your ability to remain relaxed for any activity. The more relaxed your muscles, the more natural and fluid your breathing becomes. You achieve a more natural and fluid breath to improve performance, make exercise easier, produce a more resonant and full sound, or improve quality of life.
If you do the Warm-Up before the Training Program, make sure you reset the Control Dials to the settings in your journal.
The recommended use is 3 sets of 10 breathing repetitions twice each day. Each recommended use period takes about 5 minutes at most. A repetition begins when you breathe in and completely fill your lungs, and ends when you breathe out, completely emptying your lungs in 3 seconds. When doing a repetition, you are completing a full range of motion in training your breathing muscles.
The steps to performing a repetition are exactly the same as the steps to your ideal settings. This time you combine breathing in and breathing out. You can, if you want, pause for 2 seconds between inhale and exhale.
Breathe in through your PowerLung for 3 seconds. Fill your lungs as completely as possible in this frame. Listen for a smooth, full sound of air passing through your PowerLung.
Breathe out through your PowerLung for 3 seconds. Completely empty your lungs at the end. Again, listen for a smooth, full sound of air passing through your PowerLung.
A complete set consists of a total of 10 repetitions. Perform the first 8 as previously discussed: breathing in from empty to full in 3 seconds then breathing out from full to empty in 3 seconds. When you reach the 9th and 10th repetition, try to breathe in and fill your lungs in 1 second, then breathe out and completely empty your lungs in 1 second.
As you train, maintain a full range of motion. Train for quick breaths by breathing more quickly for the last 2 repetitions. It is still important to keep the full range of motion even in 1 second. Do not be discouraged if you cannot do it. Remember that this is a new training program for you and you may not be perfect on the first try. Practice, train hard, and it will become like any other routine in your life.
The recommended daily use of PowerLung is to perform 3 sets of 10 repetitions twice each day. Use this program and the warm up for at least 6-8 weeks before making a change.
You can split this between mornings, afternoons, evenings or any routine that works best for you. Be sure to do it at least 2 times a day.
If you cannot do the recommended daily use, do not push yourself. This is a new training program to you and you have never strength trained your breathing muscles. Build yourself up and you will be able to achieve the recommended use with ease.
The recommended use is designed to help those who are beginning with PowerLung. When you become experienced with PowerLung, try building it into other training programs or exercise programs. Make changes only after you have used PowerLung at least 6-8 weeks.
The more regularly you do any exercise the easier it becomes. The same is true when you train with PowerLung. With regular PowerLung use you will find it becomes easier to perform either the inhalation or the exhalation portion of the training program.
When you find it easy either for breathing in or breathing out through your PowerLung, you are ready to advance in your settings. If inhaling is easy, then turn the Inhalation Control Dial clockwise 1/8 of a turn. If exhaling is easy, then turn the Exhalation Control Dial counterclockwise 1/8 of a turn.
Remember that this is a training program. You will not see results unless you keep a routine of using PowerLung.
You may feel improvements in your breathing in 3 to 5 days.
Train daily with PowerLung for about 3 to 4 weeks and you will start to feel a significant difference in your breathing along with the benefits of increased lung capacity and reduced breathlessness. Remember, you are training muscles. When you stop using PowerLung, the muscles stop training and soon lose all muscle memory of the training.
Each breath should consist of breathing in completely followed by breathing out completely in 3 seconds. Work within your full range of motion and use a smooth, fluid deep breathing process.
When referring to a full range of motion, be sure the settings on your PowerLung allow you to breathe in completely in 3 seconds and breathe out completely in 3 seconds.
When doing the Training Program, do not use the long, slow breathing cycle you use for playing an instrument, singing, yoga, sports or other special breathing techniques. Using these and similar techniques with PowerLung will not give muscle strength.
Do not be too caught up in counting. The entire Training Program takes 3 to 5 minutes. You will not receive the full benefits of the Training Program if you take longer or do it too quickly.
Let your ears be your guide to what settings to use. If you hear a lot of air coming through your PowerLung then you are at a good setting. If it sounds light, or feels tight like breathing through clenched teeth or pursed lips, it is set too high.
When you inhale be sure to relax our muscles and allow your abdomen to expand slightly as your lungs fill.
When you exhale think of your body as a tube of toothpaste and exhale by using the muscles of the lower abdomen first to begin squeezing the air out from the bottom muscles to the top muscles. The normal tendency is to push down when you exhale which does not let you exhale fully and truly strengthen your breathing muscles.
As with any exercise, form is important. Do not compromise form just to use a higher setting. Use common sense and form to help you find your appropriate setting. Do not let your ego pride determine which setting you use.
Best results are achieved by using the Training Program twice, daily, as recommended. Otherwise loss of training effect quickly disappears.
This is training and should be treated as such. Your settings should be difficult enough to feel some tiredness at the end of each Training Program. You should never be “sore” or feel pain. If you do, stop immediately.
Be sensitive to what your body tells you. If you feel lightheaded or dizzy, STOP.
Like any training program, if you stop using PowerLung, you will lose the benefits you gained. When you stop training with PowerLung, you begin to lose the benefits of in as little as three days it. Don’t let yourself revert back to the beginning. Use PowerLung daily.
Remember to clean your PowerLung regularly with PowerLung Washe, a cleaning solution specifically designed for PowerLung. When you do not clean your PowerLung, residue build up inside, blocking the controls and preventing the proper operation of your PowerLung.
After at least 4 to 6 weeks of regular PowerLung use you may wish to vary your program to coordinate with your other strength training, exercise, or rehearsal and practice programs.
Do not take your PowerLung apart except for the Mouthpiece.
PowerLung is NOT microwave or dishwasher safe.
Clean your PowerLung product using the specially formulated PowerLung® Washe® (sample included with your PowerLung). It is important to clean your PowerLung at least once a week to ensure proper operation. PowerLung Washe can be purchased from any Authorized PowerLung Retailer. Other cleaning products may damage and impair efficiency of your PowerLung. Normal dish soaps may damage the internal components of PowerLung or leave a residue that will affect the performance of the product.
KEEP PowerLung AND PowerLung Washe OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Remove only the mouthpiece. Mix approximately 15ml of PowerLung Washe and 1 pint of hot (not boiling) water into a sufficient sized container to hold the entire PowerLung unit and mouthpiece.
Allow the PowerLung unit and mouthpiece to soak in the solution for 15 to 30 minutes. After soaking, remove the PowerLung and mouthpiece from the bowl. Thoroughly rinse both items in warm water. Place the open end of the PowerLung under the faucet and press up on the inhale control dial to open the valve. Shake the PowerLung vigorously to remove all excess water. Dry with a clean towel or cloth.
Attach the mouthpiece onto the PowerLung. Your PowerLung should now be clean and ready for use.
When reattaching the mouthpiece, be sure to slide the mouthpiece into the divot as pictured. You may need to use the tip of your finger to press the mouthpiece into this divot.