Expand-A-Lung Review: Effects on VO2max, Fitness and Body O2
breathing resistance exerciser is a breathing device used to
train the respiratory muscles by creating resistance that can be regulated.
This is the smallest and most durable breathing trainer. There are several related devices
including Powerlung, Powerbreathe, UltraBreathe and a few others with reviews
(see the links to their reviews below). All of them are used mostly for fitness and sports
performance, with some studies and popularity among COPD and cystic fibrosis
All these devices,
Expand-A-Lung included, improve the strength of the inspiratory
(and sometimes expiratory) muscles. This is indeed the main
(but superficial) result of such breathing exercisers. As with other devices, the
most important result - often overlooked - is the change in body-O2 content and
automatic breathing patterns after weeks of training with the Expand-A-Lung.
First, let us review the key cause of poor endurance and low body-and-brain O2
content in the contemporary general population.
can reverse this situation. For example, in one Swiss study, it was found that
athletes, after breathing training, reduced their minute ventilation for a given
exercise intensity. There is only one explanation for this effect: improved body
oxygen level due to a slower and lighter breathing pattern at rest. This effect
is based on the fact that exhalations with the Expand-A-Lung breathing
resistance exerciser are passive or slow. This allows gradual accumulation of
CO2. Hence, if we consider CO2 changes only, all these breathing trainers and
devices (Powerlung, Powerbreathe, UltraBreathe, Expand-A-Lung, Frolov breathing
device, Samozdrav, Breathslim, DIY Breathing Device, and many others) can be
beneficial for higher body oxygen (see the test below), better health, and sport
performance. Training Mask though offers one essential advantage: it can be used
during exercise, for up to 1-2 hours per day (see the link to its review below).
Expand-A-Lung vs. Powerbreathe, PowerLung, UltraBreathe: Instructions
While many athletes may want to compare Expand-A-Lung vs. Powerbreathe or Expand-A-Lung
vs. Powerlung, it is more important how you use the breath trainer rather than which
one you use, while the safest and most effective device is Training Mask. You can get even more benefits from Expand-A-Lung
or the other devices, if you follow additional ideas related to your lifestyle factors (see the
Learning Section) to increase
body-oxygen levels 24/7. These are our certain Expand-A-Lung instructions.
Practical Expand-A-Lung instructions
The key to endurance, higher VO2max, focus and higher body-O2 content is to
train your body to breathe less 24/7. Therefore, if you try to exhale even
longer (with air hunger at the end) and hold your breath after exhalations
during breathing exercises (for advanced students only), then you can get even
more benefit from the Expand-A-Lung. If you attach a light plastic 0.25-1 L
bottle (depending on your fitness) to the trainer, you can recycle your CO2 and
can get more benefits from the Expand-A-Lung.
Even better results (for elite athletes and beginners) are possible with the Training Mask. Click for its review here.
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