Improve your breathing efficiency using RespiBelt - endorsed by professional athletes.
Developed in partnership between Opro360 and Progressive Sports Technologies:
Progressive Sports Technologies Ltd. conceptualised the 'Respivest' as it was known over 7 years ago. After years in development and scientific validation the 'Respibelt' is now available to competitive athletes looking for that extra training stimulus.
Progressive have successfully licensed their Respibelt technology to OPRO after the training device was adopted by the Oregon Project in their training leading to the London Olympic games, where Mo Farah won gold in both the 5000 and 10000m's.
The innovative device fits around the lower chest and ribcage to provide a training load to the breathing muscles as the chest expands during breathing. The Nike Oregon Project Team of athletes including Farah and Rupp uses Respibelt as part of the athletes' training preparations. The multi-national running team is directed by world-leading coach Alberto Salazar.
Breathing training devices work using time tested muscle overload principles. In this case a training load is applied to the effort of breathing in. This loads the diaphragm, intercostal muscles, external obliques and other accessory muscles used for breathing. The adaptation of these breathing muscles results in increased strength, power and endurance
RespiBelt is a garment based training device. Unlike hand held mouth based devices, which provide an airway resistance for the breathing muscles, RespiBelt provides resistance directly to the expanding thorax via an adjustable elastic belt.
Size Guide: Fits Chest/Under Bust:
XS – 75cm – 80cm (29.5" – 31.5 in")
S – 81cm – 88cm (31.9" – 34.6")
M – 89cm – 96cm (35" – 37.8")
L – 97cm – 106cm (38.2" – 41.7")
XL – 107cm – 118cm (42.1" – 46.5")
11 Week British Triathlon Trials
The first trial of early prototypes was performed with the support of British Triathlon and four of their TASS athletes over an 11 week period. The results of the training intervention proved very interesting. The participants significantly enhanced running economy measures, along with reduced sub-maximal oxygen utilisation and minute ventilation which was considered by British Triathlon scientists as being atypical of results expected due to habitual training adaptations. This prompted further investigation into the RespiBelt using a larger sample size with the addition of a control group.
4 Week Running Trials
The second trial was performed with 12 competitive athletes over only a 4 week period. Additional measures were taken in addition to the measures previously investigated. All the measures showed positive changes compared to the control group who undertook the same training regime. Breathing endurance improved as did, sub-maximal oxygen consumption, % VO2max, sub-maximal minute ventilation and heart rate. Further improvements in running economy, respiratory frequency and minute ventilation were also present.
A third study was performed to assess the effectiveness of using RespiBelt to improve warm-up prior to exercise. The study suggested that inspiratory muscle strength was enhanced using RespiBelt during short duration, low intensity whole body exercise. In addition, this was more effective than using a control garment. Use of RespiBelt can facilitate optimal warm-up preparations by providing a respiratory warm-up effect similar to the one present in locomotive muscles. It also seems that self reported asthmatics responded most to this intervention.
Effect on Breathing Dynamics
The final study investigated whether the use of RespiBelt during training would alter the breathing dynamics of the athlete. Using 3D motion video capture to monitor the changes to the chest volume and measuring all cardiac and ventilatory measures, no differences were observed. As expected, increase levels of perceived exertion were reported when using the RespiBelt due to the training load imparted by the device during exercise.
Who developed RespiBelt?
Progressive Sports Technologies ( www.progressivesports.co.uk ) based at the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University developed the RespiBelt to create an alternative to current breathing training devices such as the Powerbreathe. Breathing training devices have previously been mouth based, breathing through airflow resisting valves. However, RespiBelt is a dynamic training aid that can be worn during exercise! By providing the resistance against the expansion of the ribcage rather than at the airway, dynamic ambulatory breathing muscle training becomes possible.