What is Airofit and How Does it Work? (A Guide)
Breathing exercises have existed for thousands of years and it should come as no surprise. It’s fundamental to life as well as providing physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Airofit combines modern technology and the often overlooked power of breathing in the name of sport’s performance.
Airofit is a respiratory trainer designed to improve your breathing capacity with app-guided programs providing resistance to your lungs when you breathe in and out. This increases the strength and endurance of your respiratory muscles as well as your lung capacity, improving sports performance.
Whether your an athlete or an amateur, respiratory training is beneficial. Ignoring the opportunity to train our respiratory muscles means we are neglecting muscles that are vital to performance.
Find out below why Airofit makes training these muscles so easy and why respiratory training is so important.
Who is Airofit for?
Airofit is for athletes and sports enthusiasts who want to improve their performance by increasing their respiratory strength and breathing capacity. It is suitable for all sports. Whether it be intermittent (stop-start) or endurance based, respiratory training has shown to be beneficial.
Users of Airofit include mixed martial artists, footballers, runners, swimmers, cyclists and golf players.
Respiratory training has been shown to be even more beneficial for non-professional athletes as their breathing muscles aren’t as conditioned. (Illi et al., 2012). Airofit is also a medical aid for those dealing with asthma or COPD. Users with these conditions claim an improved vital capacity (maximum amount of air you can breathe out) and general well being within weeks of training with Airofit.
How does Airofit work?
Airofit is a SMART respiratory trainer with six adjustable resistance levels for inspiration and expiration providing air flow resistance to your lungs depending on your ability. The app provides you a breathing program based on your personal data and lung tests as well as relaxation exercises.
Within the app all your data is recorded and can be seen live so you are able to measure and track your performance to make sure you’re benefitting from your training.
The Virtual Breathing Coach gives you live feedback and guidance to make sure you are performing each exercise correctly. Training modules designed by respiratory experts guide you through proven programs to make sure you gain from each session.
Airofit measures your:
Vital Lung Capacity (VLC) - The maximum amount of air a person can expel from the lungs after maximal inhalation-reflects a larger respiratory capacity leading to more energy production.
Maximal Inspiratory Pressure (MIP) - Maximal pressure when inspiring, measured at the mouth-a measure of inspiratory strength.
Maximal Expiratory Pressure (MEP) - Maximal pressure when expiring, measured at the mouth-a measure of expiratory strength.
Airofit therefore allows you to see both your respiratory strength (MIP & MEP) and your breathing capacity (VLC) which are critical factors in measuring the ability of your respiratory muscles. The stronger your muscles are and the more air you can breathe in, the better you can perform.
Why is breathing training so important?
When breathing, air is drawn in and out of the lungs by a number of muscles including the intercostals, diaphragm and rectus abdominus muscles (abs).
When inhaling, these muscles work to increase the volume of the chest cavity which decreases the pressure within the chest cavity, causing air to enter the lungs. This is because air moves from high to low pressure. The diaphragm across the bottom of your ribs depresses and contracts whilst the intercostal muscles contract and pull your ribs upward and outwards increasing chest cavity volume.
When exhaling, these muscles relax causing your ribcage to deflate, decreasing the volume of the chest cavity and increasing the pressure, causing air to leave the lungs.
These muscles are key when exercising as the more powerful and efficiently they can contract the more oxygen can be inhaled and carbon dioxide exhaled. This is because of the larger and more consistent pressure changes in the chest cavity which force air in and out.
Exercise causes rapid and powerful breathing which results in our respiratory muscles fatiguing. This reduces the amount of air they can exchange whilst increasing their oxygen requirement.
The result is the diversion of blood from our limbs to our respiratory muscles. This speeds up fatigue as our arms and legs tire more quickly due to a shortage of oxygen. (HajGhanbari et al., 2013). Stronger respiratory muscles help delay this situation from happening which improves our power and endurance.
Why should we train our respiratory muscles?
Even when exercising, the training of our breathing muscles is secondary, the main focus are our locomotor (movement) muscles. In order to maximise the strength of our respiratory muscles as with any other muscle, we need to isolate and then train them.
For example when runners seek to improve leg strength they focus on leg strengthening exercises in the gym.
By strengthening our respiratory muscles we can delay fatigue, improve the amount of air we can breathe in and out as well as their efficiency (oxygen used for a given amount of work).
This makes exercise at a certain intensity easier as we are supplying more oxygen to our body whilst our respiratory muscles are using less oxygen, making us more powerful and economical. The end product is improved performance and a longer time to exhaustion as we can see below:
When testing 20 athletes with respiratory muscle training, Airofit saw an increase in performance ranging from 3-15%. (Source) Another experiment with 68 people concluded that those with the highest intensity of training with Airofit had the biggest change in physical endurance and vital lung capacity. (Source)
Scientist and former World Champion in Free Diving Mike Maric concluded that:
"Training with Airofit gives athletes larger vital lung capacity, stronger breathing muscles and higher anaerobic tolerance. It´s not my opinion, it's a medical fact."
How often and when should I use Airofit?
Airofit is used outside of your training in order to isolate your breathing muscles for effective strength training. It also means that your sports specific training is not affected.
Remember that the goal of cardiovascular training is to maximise muscular performance by increasing their maximal ability at any intensity of exercise. This can’t be achieved when air supply is restricted.
It is recommended that you start with 2x5 minute sessions a day, gradually working up to 2x10 sessions a day for optimal results. This makes Airofit extremely practical to use as it requires as little as 10 minutes a day without interfering with your training.