Respibelt Breathing Training Device
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Respibelt Breathing Training Device

  • Fits around lower chest;
  • Adds resistance for breathing muscles;
  • Adjustable training load;
  • Helps provide a competitive edge;

£59.99(Inc. 20% VAT)
(£49.99 Exc. VAT)

RespiBelt Breathing Training Device

The RespiBelt Breathing Training Device fits around the lower chest and ribcage and provides a training load to the breathing muscles as the chest expands during breathing.

The RespiBelt Breathing Training Device provides an effect similar to training at altitude, adding resistance for the muscles of breathing and helping to provide you with a competitive edge. 

The RespiBelt Breathing Training Device is used by The Nike Oregen Project Team, a multi-national running team of Nike sponsored athletes run by world-leading coach Alberto Salazar, as part of the athletes' training preparations.

Features of The RespiBelt Breathing Training Device: 

  • Simple to use  
  • Added resistance for muscles of breathing
  • Adjustable to change the training load on muscles
  • A 'dumbell' for muscles of breathing 
  • Silicon print on inside of belt maintains correct position.
  • Velcro closure system to allow fine adjustments
  • Embroidered marking to make resetting/incrementing training load easier
  • Real-time respiratory training during exercise
  • Backed by scientific research and developed in partnership with Progressive Sports Technologies at the Sports Technology Institute, Loughborough university.
  • UK innovation, manufacturing and materials

Size Guide: 

Fits Chest/Under Bust:

Extra small     75cm - 80cm (29.5" - 31.5")         
Small 81cm - 88cm (31.9" - 34.6")
Medium 89cm - 96cm (35" - 37.8")
Large    97cm - 106cm (38.2" - 41.7")
Extra Large 107cm - 118cm (42.1"- 46.5"

Washing Instructions:

Cool wash (40°C). Do not iron or tumble dry. Protect other items in the wash by washing the belt inside a pillowcase or wash bag.  

Why Train The Breathing Muscles? 

At rest breathing requires very little effort. However, as breathing effort increase and the unpleasant sensation of breathlessness begins, breathing can quickly become uncomfortable.

Breathing draws air into the lungs where oxygen is absorbed into the bloodstream. As you exercise, breathing increases to remove the carbon dioxide that builds up in the exercising muscles, delaying the fatigue of exercise. 

To breathe you have to work against the resistance of both the ribcage and the airways of the lung. Professor McConnell describes in her book, 'Breathe Stronger, Perform Better', that athletes working at the highest levels of physical effort, such as an Olympic rower maintaining 460watts of effort, would require their breathing muscles to produce a further 85watts to power breathing. In this situation the breathing muscles are using 16% of the energy available. The 85 watts required for breathing is a huge additional demand on the elite athlete's finite resources.

Other activities add further to this breathing effort such as cycling (due to the bent body position) and swimming (due to the water pressure on the thorax). Breathing effort will also be increased by the wearing of backpacks, body protection, modern swim suits, wet suits, body armour, ballistics vest and respirator masks.  

Exercising with the RespiBelt provides an additional training load to the breathing effort, therefore a significant training effect can be enjoyed, but at lower levels of exercise intensity and for the longer periods of time, ideal for targeting the breathing muscles. The breathing muscles adapt, becoming stronger and more efficient. This in turn brings overall improvements in athletic performance, such as improvements in running economy - you will use less energy, your movement is more efficient and exercise feels easier.

Frequently Asked Questions:  

How do I wear RespiBelt? 

RespiBelt is worn on the lower ribcage just below the pectorals for men and just under the breasts for women. The inner retaining belt has a silicon application to prevent it from slipping once in place. 

How tight should I wear it?

RespiBelt is adjustable and allows you to set the training load that you experience. We recommend that you always start with the power band slack and build up the tension with each session. Like any resistance training product the load you will feel comfortable using is individual to you.

How should I train with RespiBelt?

RespiBelt training can be overlaid onto your current strength and endurance training routines. Benefits come from regular use of RespiBelt whilst exercising. We recommend that you set aside blocks of your training (4 week periods) to focus on the development of your breathing muscle strength with Respibelt, using the device in most training sessions.

Do I always need to train with RespiBelt?

Not always, after your first 4 weeks of using RespiBelt during your planned training schedule, some breathing muscle performance benefits will be achieved. Once this stage is complete we recommend a training regimen where RespiBelt is used with around 30% of your training efforts, with further periods of focused training every 12 weeks.

Will training with RespiBelt be uncomfortable or painful?

No, it should never be painful or uncomfortable. You have complete control over the level of elastic load by adjusting the powerbands to suit your training status. If you feel any pain whilst using your RespiBelt release the belt, stop immediately and consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Is there a set training program for RespiBelt? 

Like any other training device there are many ways of integrating RespiBelt training into your routines. Initially RespiBelt training can be overlaid with your current training plan of cardiovascular and strength training sessions. Sessions should be tailored to focus on the development of your breathing muscle performance. We suggest progressive 4 week blocks building the volume training and level of RespiBelt loading.

How long does it take to feel the benefits of RespiBelt training? 

Studies have shown measurable and significant improvements in as little as four weeks of regular use.

Can I measure the benefits of training with RespiBelt? 

Yes. If you have access to spirometry equipment you can assess all of the breathing performance measure, you will see direct improvements to these after a period of focused breathing training. Secondly, you will notice when not wearing the belt that your exercise feels easier, you'll be able to exercise harder and longer. You may also start to achieve new personal bests or break through that stubborn training plateau.  

Should I warm up with RespiBelt before competing?

Yes, our research shows that warming up with the RespiBelt prepares the breathing muscles better than warming up without it. You will begin you training session or competitive event in a higher state of preparedness.

Why does Respibelt training work?

Two key physiological mechanisms are improved. The first is a direct increase in breathing muscle efficiency allowing you to work harder for longer at the same level of exertion. The second is the delay of a cardiovascular reflex that protects the respiratory system of which the breathing muscles are a part, which reduces the availlabilty of blood to the exercising limbs to prevent critical respiratory fatigue. Delaying this reflex maintains exercise performance for longer.  

I have asthma, can I use RespiBelt? 

There is evidence that the condition of asthmatics can be improved following breathing muscle training. Asthmatics should approach breathing muscle training progressively, starting with the lowest possible loads and incrementally increasing between training sessions.

Should I consult my doctor?

Before taking up any new exercise regime or utilising any new training aid, it is recommended that you consult your doctor. 

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