Breathing resistance training devices are very popular among athletes in various disciplines. The concept behind this innovative training method emerged in the 1970s when researchers discovered that the respiratory muscles, like any other muscle, could be trained for strength and endurance (Leith/Bradley, 2016). The respiratory muscles tire under high stress and can therefore become a limiting factor in physical performance (Mador/Acevedo, 1991; Verges et al, 2007; Taylor/Romer, 2008).
Targeted training of the respiratory muscles counteracts premature fatigue (Romer et al, 2001) and can significantly improve endurance levels in athletes. According to research, training with special breathing resistance devices (e.g. training masks) leads to better performance. This has been seen in various sports such as cycling, swimming, running and rowing.
The influence of breathing resistance training on performance parameters
During intensive physical work, the oxygen content and the pH value in the muscles fall. The associated vasoconstriction (the so-called “metaboreflex”) leads to fatigue and consequently a drop in performance. The muscle is no longer able to do the required work.
In contrast, a trained muscle can counteract fatigue and maintain maximum performance for longer through adaptations of the nervous system and muscular metabolism.
What does this have to do with breathing resistance training?
Targeted training of the respiratory muscles increases the energy supply during exertion and at the same time reduces the oxygen requirement of the stressed muscles. The muscle therefore needs less oxygen to perform better. A dream scenario for every ambitious athlete.
Training masks have also been shown to regulate breathing. This is crucial for individuals who experience breathlessness during intense exertion. Breathing resistance devices make it possible for the first time to work specifically on breathing.
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During the launch phase of the Phantom training mask, the Phantom Athletics team quickly realized that they were on to something big. Customer feedback was clear: breathing resistance training leads to better “real world” results.
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