The O2 Trainer Makes Sense for Amateurs and Weekend Warriors Alike
Whenever I talk to people about the O2 trainer, one of the first questions that people ask me is whether or not this is safe for amateur athletes to use? I get it. I mean, it’s one thing for a former mixed martial arts (MMA) guy to say that it’ll give you super-efficient workouts, but I might have a slightly different tolerance for pain than the Average Joe. That’s kind of the beauty of the O2 trainer, though. You could be just starting out on the road to getting fit or you could be a serious athlete and the effects will still be the same.
Back in my MMA days, I was used to squaring off against opponents. I’d size them up and figure out how I might be able to out-move them, out-work them or out-smart them. The difference nowadays is that when I pop in the O2 trainer, the only person I’m facing off against is myself. And this is what I mean about it working for a wide range of people—you’re only challenging yourself. Here’s the best part about that, too: no matter what, you’re always winning this bout.
There is one thing that I make sure I tell people. At first, you might think the O2 is easier than you’ve heard. Just like warming up on a long run, it won’t feel like you’re working ALL THAT HARD to get moving. The longer you work out with it, the more you’re putting yourself to the test. This is where the endurance comes in, and also where you can shave off time from your work. While I could go into all the technical details about the respiratory system and how this resistance workout can really give your lungs a proper challenge, I’ll just break it down by common sense. After all, what’s better than getting someone to explain a new concept to you in plain English, right?
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So here’s the deal: the more calories you burn, the harder it is to get going. It doesn’t matter if you’re lifting weights, riding a bike or doing inclined wind sprints on a treadmill. Your body’s expelling more energy, and before you know it you’re dipping into your reserves. The same thing goes for your lungs. You might have noticed this already, especially if you’ve been pushing yourself to extend your endurance as far as it can go.
The longer you work out, the more out of breath you’ll get. It’s all about leaving your comfort zone behind. Your lungs are being put to the test, and when you’re layering on the intake resistance of the O2 Trainer, you’re speeding up the process. Think of it as a form of weightlifting for your lungs if you’d like. The more you work at it, the stronger you’ll get; the stronger you get with it, the easier workouts, races or other sports will feel when it’s go time.
Here’s my recommendation for anyone just starting out: like any sort of physical activity, it’s important that you realize the competition is just as mental as it is physical. Once you’ve finished training for the first time with the O2 trainer, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Before then, though, you’ll just have to take my word for it that increasing the difficulty of your workouts and training sessions is the best way to get into better game shape, whether your end goal is just better fitness overall or you’ve got a specific event coming up. Once you give the O2 Trainer a whirl, you’ll never remember how you were able to get grueling workouts to fit into your busy schedule before. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s a good thing.