- Updated on August 13, 2020
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD
Can UltraBreathe improve fitness, VO2max, and body O2?
UltraBreathe breathing resistance trainer is a most recent respiratory exerciser similar to Expand-A-Lung but with 2 adjustable valves. There are also several similar trainers including Powerlung, Powerbreathe, UltraBreathe, and a few others. UltraBreathe ASI7492 compact breathing exerciser is used mostly by athletes.
All these trainers, UltraBreathe included, improve the strength of the inspiratory (and often expiratory) muscles. This is indeed an expected – but superficial – effect of breathing exercises. As with other respiratory exercises, the most important benefit is a change in one’s body-oxygen levels that can be easily measured using the simple body-oxygen test.
Let me start with the main cause of low endurance and body-O2 content in modern athletes and the general population.
Any intelligent coach or athlete is aware that elite athletes have one common feature: easier breathing (reduced minute ventilation) during moderate or even intensive exercise. This leads to more effective oxygen transport. However, one can achieve the same result by changing his or her breathing pattern at rest. Slower breathing will increase arterial CO2, the key factor in better body oxygenation 24/7.
This effect can be also achieved by conditioning the body to slower and less breathing during exercise.
Over 80% of modern athletes have heavy breathing at rest that reduces levels of body oxygen and causes serious problems with chronic diseases, sleep quality, digestion, recovery from injuries and many others. The main problems are chest breathing, mouth breathing (e.g., during sleep) and ineffective breathing (chronic hyperventilation).
Hence, if someone wants to get maximum benefits from breathwork and improve health, long-term endurance, VO2max, sleep, and other life quality factors, it is important to study the effects of UltraBreathe on our automatic breathing patterns and body-oxygen levels.
UltraBreathe vs. Expand-A-Lung, Powerbreathe, PowerLung and other trainers
UltraBreathe can improve one’s health by helping the user to achieve a slower and lighter basal breathing pattern at rest, after the breathing exercises. Another factor relates to the general education of the user in the area of breathing. If the user thinks that automatic deep breathing patterns are good for health, then their health will get worse. Hence, getting positive health benefits from all these breathing trainers and devices (UltraBreathe, Expand-A-Lung, Powerlung, Powerbreathe, Frolov breathing device, Breathslim, Samozdrav, DIY Breathing Device, and many others) is possible and easy if the person knows what to do with their breathing 24/7 (breathe less).
Hence, it is a mistake to compare UltraBreathe vs. Powerbreathe or UltraBreathe vs. Powerlung since it is how you use it, rather than what you use, that matters most. You can get the best benefits from UltraBreathe if you follow some additional ideas related to your lifestyle factors (see the Learning Section of this site). Or you can get even better results with Training Mask that has much larger dead space and can be used during exercise for up to 30-60 minutes.
How to get most benefits from UltraBreathe (Instructions)
If you try to exhale longer (with air hunger at the end) and hold your breath after exhalations (this is only suitable for fit people with more than 25 s for the body-oxygen test), then you can get even more benefits from UltraBreathe. If you attach a light plastic 0.25-0.5 L bottle to the breathing exerciser, you can reuse your exhaled CO2. This will make exercise sessions more challenging but will improve your body oxygen levels.
You can get even better results if you continuously train with one outstanding breathing device that is used by Pete Jacobs, 2012 Ironman World Champion, and many other elite athletes. You can find more details in your bonus content.
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Warning. Breathing exercises can cause powerful cleansing reactions and can be dangerous for pregnant women, people with organ transplants, GI problems, and panic attacks, as well as those who take medication for diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, and other conditions. Consult your health care provider and follow special guidelines, which can be found in the Module Restrictions, limits, and temporary contraindications.