Equipment for breathing resistance training is very popular among athletes of different disciplines. The concept behind this innovative training method emerged in the 1970s when researchers realized that the respiratory muscles, like any other muscle, can be trained for strength and endurance (Leith/Bradley, 2016). The respiratory muscles tire under high loads and can thus 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 values in athletes. According to the studies, training with special breathing resistance devices (e.g. training masks) leads to better performance values. This was found in various sports such as cycling, swimming, running and rowing.
The influence of respiratory 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 to a drop in performance. The muscle is no longer able to do the work required.
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?
The 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. As a result, the muscle requires less oxygen to perform better. A dream scenario for every ambitious athlete.
Training masks have also been shown to regulate breathing. This is critical for individuals who suffer from 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 they were on to something big. Customer feedback was unequivocal: respiratory resistance training leads to better "real world" results.
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