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Using PowerLung, as with any exercise equipment, is not just about increasing resistance – adding weights – but getting more from your training and training more intensely with less effort. That is one result most people see with regular use of PowerLung. Their respiratory rate decreases because they do not have to work as hard on breathing AND their heart rate also goes down. That also means more time training in your target zone.

Because you can vary PowerLung to suit your training, be sure to choose the model that is right for you, not just the highest one! For help with choosing the right PowerLung model for you please see our Which do I Choose page.

To begin your PowerLung exercise program, you first need to find the best level of resistance for inhale and exhale for you. The controls for inhale resistance and exhale resistance are separate and infinitely adjustable within the range of the model. You can increase or decrease the level of resistance for each breathing direction simply by turning the cap on the valve chamber. The numbers on the valve chambers are there as a reference for you to use when adjusting the resistance level, but are not meant to indicate set levels of resistance. This is important to understand because as you advance in your use of your PowerLung, you will vary the kind of exercise you perform which will mean that you will be changing the resistance for different exercises.

After you have been using your PowerLung for 2 weeks, you should have found the right times of day that work best for you to do the training and you should be more confident that you are doing the exercise properly. You may have noticed some benefits from your work as well. Now, is the time to add the warm up and warm down routines to your day. These are described in the PowerLung User Guide. This is a great way to keep variety in your exercise and get even more benefits from using PowerLung.

After 6-8 weeks of total use of PowerLung, you may want to begin to vary your training to integrate it into your regular exercise program. For strength days, use your regular routine; for power days, once or twice a week, you might increase the resistance by an 1/8 to 1/4 turn and do 5-10 breaths; for endurance days, 2-3 times a week, you might decrease the resistance 1/8 to 1/4 turn and do 3 sets of 30 breaths. You might also begin to vary your warm up and warm down routines. For example, your warm up might focus on inhale and your warm down on exhale.