What Experts Say
– Dr. Sheldon Hendler, The Oxygen Breakthrough
“Breathing right is unquestionably the single most important thing you can do to improve your life. It will help you to live a longer more energetic and stress-free life. ”
-Article By : Gina Demillo Wagner – (Runner’s World Magazine)
“Runners think about training their heart and legs, but they rarely think about training their lungs,” says Mindy Solkin, owner and head coach of The Running Center in New York City. “A strong respiratory system can improve your running. It’s a simple equation: Better breathing equals more oxygen for your muscles, and that equals more endurance.”
This was backed up by researchers from the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Brunel University in England, who recently measured fatigue levels of marathoners’ respiratory muscles and leg muscles. They found a direct link. Runners whose breathing was the most strained showed the most leg weakness, and concluded in their study that the harder the respiratory muscles had to work, the more the legs would struggle in a race.
– Article by : John Howard – (Triathlete Magazine)
” When training only your respiratory muscles, the diaphragm, and intercostals, you will increase both lung strength and capacity, which translates into increased oxygen uptake without beating up the rest of the body.”
“One of the most impressive benefits of correct breathing is the profound relaxation it brings on, meaning it allows the athlete to maintain a high work rate while remaining calm and comfortable.”
John Howard is a former Hawaii Ironman champion, three-time cycling Olympian, multiple national cycling champion, and coach at johnhowardschool.com.
– Article by : Roy M. Wallack – (Los Angeles Times)
“One thing that many free divers (divers who don’t use air tanks), opera singers and Lance Armstrong have in common is strong respiratory muscles, which give their lungs ample oxygen-gathering capacity. Strong lungs can make any physical endeavor, from walking up a hill to running a marathon, much easier.
And there’s a simple, effective tool to help develop your lungs: a lung trainer.
When used a few minutes a day, these compact resistance devices can strengthen breathing muscles and build endurance. ”
Roy Wallack is a writer for the Health and Fitness section of the Los Angeles Times.