Bas Rutten, UFC Hall of Famer and on-screen personality ,developed the O2Lung Trainer which uses resistance to build muscles in and around the lungs.
This simple yet effective device trains the Inspiratory 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 LungTrainer allows a user to choose a setting during a workout or conditioning activity. Or when just sitting down practicing Breathing exercises.
“But,” warns Rutten, “don’t let the simplicity fool you!” The O2 Lung Trainer “works wonders.” By controlling air intake, the O2 LungTrainer 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 . 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 LungTrainer.
“I am extremely excited about the O2 LungTrainer 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, intercoastal) 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.
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.