All posts of James Fletcher

INTERMITTENT HYPOXIC TRAINING (IHT) PART 3/4

HYPOXIA & CENTRAL GOVERNOR Introduction The last blog introduced the different ways we can increase the stress to the body by reducing oxygen supply to the tissues. We call this desaturation, and we measure it with a pulse oximeter. By reducing the oxygen supply or energy to the cells this stress will cause adaptations which […]

Nobel Prize – How we sense Oxygen

Nobel Prize in Physiology – OXYGEN   This years Nobel prize in Physiology goes to 3 researchers who helped to reveal the way cells in the body respond too and sense oxygen availability. We now know the body senses Oxygen at the tissue level, and changes its physiology when there is a lack of supply […]

INTERMITTENT HYPOXIC TRAINING (IHT) PART 2/4

Intermittent Hypoxic Training The last blog introduced desaturation, which is where we intentionally reduce Oxygen (02) supply to the tissues at rest or when we are exercising. This is done in various ways, which is what we will explore this post.   Just a reminder: Red Blood Cells are the cars driving around our blood […]

Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT) Part 1/4

This is a four part series unpacking the “highs” and lows of what we know about hypoxic training. There is some great research out there about the ‘old’ ways and there are some fantastic new and innovative ways to gain some potential benefits from this training. (15 minutes reading time)   This type of training […]

How alcohol affects your breathing

Just finished SOBER OCTOBER? Does your breathing feel better?   IT SHOULD!   Asthma is a condition that causes peoples airways to become narrow, it becomes difficult to breath and it can be life threatening. Many people with asthma dread the change of seasons and any TRIGGER can set them off.     WHATS THE […]

How to breathe underwater – A definitive guide

How do we breathe when we’re underwater? Does it matter how we breathe? let’s find out if it matters!   I recently had a SCUBA and free-diving holiday on a liveaboard in Komoda National Park, Indonesia. It made me think critically about what exactly happens to the breath and our body when we are breathing using […]

The Carousel

Fake news: I have not had cancer Breathing Expert James Fletcher On How To Improve Your Breathing

How Breath training makes you swim faster

How Breath training makes you swim faster….. Research in the field of breath training for sports improvement dates back a number of years from the pioneers in the 1960s with Campbell & Howell, who before ethics committees existed, use to knock themselves out with anaesthetic and look at the mediating factors for shortness of breath. […]