All posts of James Fletcher

Chris Froome, Asthmatic or Drug cheat?

Some sports have a cloud of scandals that follow them around, and none more so than elite cycling. The drug scandals that tarnish this sport have ramped up, recently targeting respiratory inhalers that are used to manage asthma, a condition which, interestingly, affects a higher percentage of athletes than it does of the normal population. […]

James Fletcher Harness the Power Of Breath Into 2018

What Is the Science Behind The Power Of The Breath? As another New Year’s creeps up, we feel motivated to dive into another 28-day challenge or new juice cleanse. However, year-after-year most people will neglect improving their overall health and performance long-term: including decreasing their anxiety, altering their work routines, or even working to quit […]

How Athletes Use Breathing Techniques To Perform Better Physically

We spoke to exercise physiologist and physiotherapist James Fletcher about how breath training can improve your overall health and performance, long-term. While he’s currently working with Olympic swimmer Cameron McEvoy in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth games, James Fletcher spends most of his time applying his breathing techniques to the everyday Aussie, developing […]

How strength training the lungs helps athletes and smokers alike

One of the most powerful inbuilt tools humans have is also one of the most underappreciated and underutilised. Of course, most of us don’t have to think twice about the automatic process that occurs between 17000 and 30000 times a day, causing our diaphragm to contract, creating space for oxygen to expand our lungs. All in […]

Breathing muscle fatigue Part 2

Our last post discussed breathing muscle fatigue and its effect on performance. We know these muscles can get fatigued, and this post will investigate the effects on the exercising muscles when this happens. Before we get into the practical application, the reasons we focus on the fatigue of the breathing muscles are: FACT CHECK When […]

Breathing Muscle Fatigue Part 1

Is breathing fatigue really a thing? The breathing muscles, like the heart, must work continuously with little opportunity to rest, and guess what? They do get TIRED!! There is clear evidence to support breathing muscle fatigue, I have discussed some of this evidence in previous posts and I will continue to do so as I […]

Underwater Swimming & Breath Training

We are going to take a look at an article by (Wylegala et al 2007) published in the European Journal of Physiology, which looks at the mechanisms of how IMT improves surface and underwater swimming to exhaustion. This may include Olympic swimming disciplines, Tri-athalon, Free-diving, Surfing, Underwater hockey along with other aquatic sports. In the […]

Breath Holding and Strong Diaphragms

I have been working with some elite swimmers, surfers and free divers to improve their performance and their ability to hold their breath underwater. We take a close look at how this works… The current world record for a single breath hold is 11:35sec set in 2009, set by Stephane Mifsud who prepared himself by […]