Introducing the OptiO2 Sport™
How It Works
The OptiO2 Sport™ works by inhibiting oral airflow, thus forcing nasal breathing during use. Nasal breathing has been shown to be optimal during performance, but this can be easier said than done, especially at higher intensities. The OptiO2 Sport™ removes the option of breathing through the mouth completely, ensuring you are capitalizing on a list of physiological benefits, including:
- Natural production of nitric oxide (NO)
- Maximum oxygen uptake by muscles & tissues
- Increased CO2 tolerance
- Increased muscular endurance
- Slower rate of dehydration
I was surprised at how much more I breathed through my nose during a hard HIIT workout compared to when I simply "think" about breathing through my nose.
IMPROVED ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Training with a mouthguard has been shown to improve balance, strength, posture and range of motion. Nasal breathing results in more efficient use of oxygen by your muscles, which means more efficient use of energy.
INCREASED MUSCULAR ENDURANCE
A relaxed forward jaw has been shown to reduce the rate of lactic acid build-up, while nasal breathing slows the rate of dehydration.
Training with a mouthguard has been shown to decrease production of cortisol, which results in less soreness and faster recovery.
Nose breathing imposes approximately 50% more resistance to the air stream in normal individuals than does mouth breathing, resulting in 10-20% more oxygen uptake.
This thing rocks. If you are prone to mouth breathing when your heart rate increases do yourself a favor and get one. Totally worth it.