The Science Behind the O2 Trainer
The the O2 Trainer is not a gimmick and it’s not magic, it is a tool designed to train your lungs and strengthen your breathing through resistance. Corporate Wellness Clinics all over the country recommend some form of breathing exercise and there is an abundance of evidence supporting the importance of proper breathing. The O2 Trainer was created to enable everyone to gain the benefits of better breathing.
Figure(above): This graph shows average values for a measure of lung capacity referred to as forced vital capacity (FVC). As note, FVC increased from pre to post after use of the O2 Trainer developed by Bas Rutten.
Figure(above): This graph shows the percent (%) of red blood cells in blood volume noted as hematocrit (HCT). As the graph indicates, pre to post values increase in HCT after use of the O2 Trainer developed by Bas Rutten.
Study: Nine (9) highly trained collegiate cross-country females participated. Five (5) were assigned as “experimental” indicating they would use the O2 Trainer developed by Bas Rutten. The designated use of the device was 3 days per week during 5 kilometers (k) of running. NOTE: all the subjects stated that the device was NOT a hindrance to their training.
Figure(above): This shows average Respiratory Exchange Ratio (RER) pre (blue line) and post (red line) across during a treadmill stress test. RER is a ratio equation of carbon dioxide expired (VCO2) divided by oxygen (VO2) consumed. The ratio VCO2/VO2 allows for analysis of carbon dioxide blow-off and oxygen consumption. As noted, RER increased after use of the O2 Trainer primarily during the higher intensity experienced near the end of the test. This is important in performance allowing for increased removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) and reduced fatigue at high intensities. From this graph it is shown that the O2 Trainer increased RER through increased CO2 expiration brought on by increased ventilatory muscle action.
Figure(above): This shows average values across subjects of expired ventilation volume (VE) pre (blue line) and post (red line) during a treadmill stress test. This shows a slight improvement in ventilatory volume expired during exercise, primarily during the higher intensity experienced near the end of the test. This is important in performance allowing for increased removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) and reduced fatigue at high intensities. From this graph it is shown that the O2 Trainer increased ventilatory volume brought on by increased ventilatory muscle action.
According to research done by the Rice University of Houston, altitude training has the following long term effects:
- Increased concentration of red blood cells
- Decreased maximum cardiac output with a decreased maximum heart rate, doing the same amount of work
- Red blood cells become more efficient at unloading oxygen to the tissues
All the participants in the test who used an o2trainer increased their ventilatory muscles and improved their volume of air they could ventilate.
Study performed by:
Dr. Frank B. Wyatt, EPc
Department of Athletic Training & Exercise Physiology
Midwestern State University
College of Health Sciences and Human Services