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O2 Trainer: Building Stronger Lungs for Improved Stamina and Performance

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Athletes often use resistance to build muscles in their arms, legs, and abs. The  O2 trainer, developed by Bas Rutten, famed MMA  Champion and on-screen personality, uses resistance to build muscles in and  around the lungs.  This simple yet effective device trains inhalation  muscles, improves physical performance, and increases lung capacity and  endurance.  Other lung training devices are only recommended for use during rest periods, but the O2 Trainer  allows a user  to choose a setting and place the trainer in the mouth  during a workout or conditioning activity.

“But,” warns Rutten, “don’t let the simplicity fool you!” The O2 Trainer  “works wonders.” By controlling air intake, the O2 Trainer immediately teaches  people the correct way to breathe—using the diaphragm. The smaller the intake  hole, the harder the lungs need to work to “pull” the air in.  This work trains the muscles of the lungs and diaphragm, making them strong.

“This product is very personal to me,” says Bas Rutten. “I had asthma as a boy, and I remember how hard it was just to catch my breath.” Rutten grew up in the Netherlands  participating in track-and-field and dreaming of becoming “the Dutch Bruce  Jenner.” However, throughout his childhood, Bas suffered severe asthma and was  often bedridden for days because he could not get enough air into his lungs.

Young Bas noticed that when he returned to track-and-field after an asthma  attack, he would often beat his own records. He also noticed a drawing of a set  of lungs at his doctor’s office, which helped him see why having to work hard to  draw a breath would lead to stronger performance ability. “It was at that time,”  says Rutten, “as a sick boy of about 15 years old, that I first thought of the  O2 Trainer.

“I am extremely excited about the O2 Trainer for several reasons,” says  Dr. Frank B. Wyatt, Professor of Physiology & Athletic Training at Midwestern State University in Wichita  Falls, KS. “It makes one work harder to move air into and out of the lungs, so ventilatory muscles (i.e., diaphragm, intercostal) function  is enhanced. This is very positive, since ventilator fatigue has been shown to influence performance

Used by Rutten, his colleagues, and his trainees in the military’s Elite Special  Forces, the O2 Trainer was initially designed with athletes in mind.  However, people from all walks of life are now using it. Musicians who play  woodwinds or horns benefit from the O2 Trainer, as well as mountain  climbers, scuba divers, singers, and anyone else who just wants to live healthy  and enjoy life to its fullest.

The O2 Trainer kit consists of a top-quality, high-grade polymer mouthpiece,  ten workout-level end-caps which are for use while working out, and four  resting-level end-caps which you can use for breathing exercises while at  rest.  The simple, carefully engineered O2 Trainer rests comfortably  in the mouth, providing air intake resistance designed to build optimal  endurance and performance.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Bas Rutten has trained and fought all  over the world. He currently lives with his family in Thousand Oaks,  California.


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