We exercise every muscle, so why stop at the respiratory muscles? This is exactly the question that inspired the Airofit team to develop the Airofit PRO 2.0 respiratory muscle trainer. We put the little exercise device and accompanying workout plan to the test to find out if it really works, or if it’s all broken and won’t work.
At first, respiratory muscle training may sound strange. After all, aren’t they naturally trained by exercise, just like heart muscles? To some extent, yes: endurance sports can increase lung volume, but their effect on the respiratory muscles themselves is quite limited. This is where training equipment like the Airofit PRO 2.0 comes into play, targeting and strengthening these muscles. The concept behind it is that by inhaling faster and harder, more air passes through your lungs, resulting in increased oxygen uptake into the blood, which is crucial for athletic performance. We thoroughly tested the Airofit PRO 2.0 training device, complete with its app and premium package, priced at 349. Is it worth the high price or is it just a marketing gimmick?
Airofit PRO 2.0 breathing trainer in detail
The Airofit breathing trainer follows a simple principle. Paired with the right app, training can be tracked and individually tailored. But how does training actually work?
To affect breathing resistance, the device must be inserted into the mouth: that means mouth breathing time, folks! The two side valves determine the resistance when inhaling or exhaling. A simple twist mechanism allows them to be adjusted intuitively in six steps, ranging from fully closed to fully open. The accompanying e-unit measures the force, duration and pauses between exhalation and inhalation and transmits the information to your phone via the Airofit app.
The device can be disassembled for easy cleaning and additional nipples in different sizes can be added for a better fit. The e-unit, as the only electronic component, is waterproof and charged via a magnetic plug. The simple construction and the decision to use plastic with a rubber coating make the device more hygienic, but it leaves a cheap taste. It’s a bit of a shame, especially considering the price, that the device doesn’t have a better finish.
On the other hand, the app is intuitively designed, connects quickly to Airofit PRO 2.0 and provides useful insights into the training of your respiratory muscles. Unfortunately, a subscription is required to unlock all its features. Considering the initial purchase price, that made us raise an eyebrow.
Airofit PRO 2.0 trains your lungs
It is an application, with all its features, that really maximizes the performance of the device. After the first use, it creates a profile by asking about your training background, favorite sports and training goals. After that, you must perform an initial pulmonary function test. This test measures vital parameters such as lung volume, maximum inspiratory pressure (the highest pressure felt during inhalation) and maximum expiratory pressure (the highest pressure felt during exhalation). Maximum inspiratory pressure provides insight into the strength, flexibility and efficiency of your respiratory muscles during inhalation. Likewise, maximum expiratory pressure acts as a measure of muscle strength during exhalation.
The test may feel strange the first time you try it, but you’ll get the hang of it very quickly. We recommend that the initial test be repeated several times to obtain meaningful values. Once you’re done, your one-on-one training begins. The Airofit app suggests different workouts every day, which not only change the resistance settings on the device, but also adjust the duration and intensity of your inhalation and exhalation. In addition, the app tracks and counts air-holding periods between sessions.
Breathing training with Airofit PRO 2.0: Is it worth paying attention to or is the device running out of breath?
The application records daily training and measures progress. Especially in the initial stages, we noticed significant improvements in all measured data. However, it is difficult to attribute these changes solely to training or simple adaptation to the device.
In our daily life, we have also noticed a tangible improvement and that we don’t run out of breath so quickly. Of course, training also draws special attention to your breathing. Obviously, Airofit is not a substitute for sports, but it will strengthen your respiratory muscles. The real advantage of Airofit compared to cheaper alternatives from other manufacturers is the app and the smart integration of the e-unit. However, these benefits come with a heavy price.
Airofit PRO 2.0 is a cool gadget that focuses on an often neglected area of training. It adds real progress to training and promotes your performance, but it is not a substitute for physical exercise. At the same time, it is not only of interest to people who play sports. The high price of apps and premium features are somewhat off-putting and not justified when compared to cheaper alternatives.
- enables efficient and targeted training of respiratory muscles
- cool features and easy to use
- functional application with various exercises
- small, light and easy to transport
- high price, but no high-end finish
- the app’s premium features only work with a subscription
For more information, visit airofit.com
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