I have been an asthmatic since the age of thirty. I was probably also asthmatic as a child but it was treated then as a chronic coughs. I made the decision 18 months ago to get fit and compete in the Sovereign Series Swim across Auckland Harbour. I made the crossing and am now hooked on swimming. However, the increased training caused my asthma to deteriorate...
Con Barrell, Former All Black
A veteran of 77 matches for North Auckland (now Northland) prior to even reaching Christchurch, Con Barrell went on to add 52 caps for Canterbury prior to his retirement in 1999, as well as falling just short of a half century of appearances for the Crusaders...
Darnelle Timbs - NZ rowing four 2004-5
I undertook a Buteyko course run by Glenn White in November of 2004. I have not had an asthma attack since. Nor have I used an asthma puffer. I have incorporated the principles I learned from Buteyko into my training. I credit Buteyko with totally overcoming my asthma and I am truly grateful for all it has taught me.
I want to thank you for all your help. I attended your classes two years ago and am happy to say that Buteyko changed my life. I can run (half marathons and the hundreds of kilometres of training in order to perform one without a single puff.
I use the Buteyko method for training purposes and find it extremely good for accelerating recovery.
I was a mild asthmatic and would take medication reluctantly. I would inevitably end up with pneumonia on a yearly basis. I am a rowing coach and as such I have to fill in sometimes when one of the crew is not able to train.
Raphael (Mother of Luke)
Luke has been asthma free since doing a Buteyko course in 2004. Luke now achieves his full potential in the sports he loves without the limitations of asthma or need for medication.
Amanda Gillings (Mother of Emma 14)
"My daughter, Emma, aged 14 years has completed the Buteyko course with Glenn. For the past 4 years Emma has been taking Flixotide after being diagnosed with Asthma and using a Ventolin inhaler. Since completing the Buteyko course, Emma has not needed to use her Ventolin at all when in the past, at this time of year, change of seasons with pollen etc, she has been a regular user.
As a runner I have benefited greatly from improved breathing control and efficiency. I successfully trained for the Auckland Marathon using only Buteyko method breathing and can consistently run between 4:30 and 5:00 minutes per kilometre. My resting heart rate is now typically in the low to mid 40s. An added bonus is that I now find that I need to drink less while running.
Just a quick note to say thank you for seeing me a week ago. I followed your recommendations and practised everything for five days before going into the Motatapu Race last Saturday.
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