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. Please refer to our fitting instructions for full details.

 
Position retaining band so that when closed it sits just below the pectorals or breast and is level around the chest/back. Once closed, adjust training bands to required tension by peeling back the Velcro tabs. Position both sides simultaneously. Do not overlap the retaining band more than required to fully close the Velcro tab.

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 bands slack and build up the tension with each session until you are happy with the levels available. 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 of 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 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 realease the belt, stop immediately and consult your doctor as soon as possible.

WASH AND CARE ADVICE?

Wash on a cool setting (40 Celsius). Protect other items in the wash by washing the belt whilst inside a pillow case or closable wash bag. Do not tumble dry or hot iron the belt as this can damage the Velcro and the elastic.

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?

Our own studies have shown measureable and significant improvements in as little as four weeks of regular use (British Triathlon - 5hrs of steady running each week).

CAN I MEASURE THE BENEFITS OF TRAINING WITH RESPIBELT?

Yes, in a couple of ways. If you have access to spirometry equipment you can assess all of the breathing performance measures, 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 might also start to achieve new personal bests or break through that stubborn training plateau.

WILL IT BENEFIT MY SPORT?

Yes, all active sports. Scientists have found improvements in running, cycling, rowing, swimming and repeated sprints. You can see these active sports are all very different, yet all the participants can benefit from breathing training.

IS WEARING RESPIBELT LIKE TRAINING AT ALTITUDE?

It is, we know training at altitude is challenging for the breathing muscles and can improve breathing muscle fitness. Training with RespiBelt replicates these aspects of altitude training.

SHOULD I WARM UP MY INSPIRATORY MUSCLES WITH RESPIBELT BEFORE COMPETING?

Yes, our research shows that warming up with the RespiBelt prepares the breathing muscles better than warming up without the device. You will begin your 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 availability of blood to the exercising limbs to prevent critical respiratory fatigue. Delaying this reflex maintains exercise performance for longer.

IS RESPIBELT JUST FOR EXERCISING AEROBICALLY?

Our own research shows that training aerobically with our training device will train the breathing muscles very effectively. Our 11 week training study utilised aerobic training and proved highly effective. We have not conducted studies on strength training benefits as yet.

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 utilizing any new training aid, it is recommended that you consult your doctor.

HOW MUCH AIR DO WE BREATH IN AND OUT?

When resting about 8litres of air is breathed each minute. When exercising this increases greatly, for some elite athletes this can be as high as 300litres each minute.

WHICH MUSCLES ARE USED FOR POWER BREATHING?

The intercostal muscles & external obliques, along with the contraction of the diaphragm are the main muscles responsible for breathing. When breathing out, these muscles relax and air is forced out of the lungs.

SAFETY WARNING

Before starting a new exercise programme we recommend you consult your doctor or other professional medical adviser, particularly if you suffer from:

A heart condition
High blood pressure
Diabetes
Asthma
Joint, muscular, or back problems
Any similar conditions

Or you are:

Pregnant
On any prescribed medication
Currently under the care of your doctor
Convalescing

This advice should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor and if you are in any doubt as to your fitness or are concerned about your health you should seek the advice of your doctor or any other health care professional.

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