B.E.T Benefits

INCREASES LUNG CAPACITY

Improve the strength and durability of the muscles involved in breathing. An increased lung capacity will greatly enhance physical capabilities and efficiency of breathing. This will allow greater gas exchange, absorption and elimination to take place. 

INCREASES DIAPHRAGM STRENGTH & FUNCTION

Increasing diaphragm strength increases the ability to breathe effectively, especially under load. This muscle is of primary importance to ANY high level performance.
*Through proven scientific testing, B.E.T’s Diaphragm Pump Program has seen a 24 - 44% change in thickness of the Diaphragm. This equated to a greater efficiency of breathing and breath control when under load.  

enhanceD performance and recovery 

B.E.T places the highest emphasis on breath control and this has the direct effect of creating a balanced heartbeat i.e. the beat to beat change known as heart rate variability (HRV). This allows greater control of the nervous system and emotional centres of the brain. The minimises energy wastage when stress is increasing and therefore enhances performance.  Through correct breathing methods and guided mental focus, B.E.T allows the body to experience a deep healing state (parasympathetic state), decreasing ones breathing to 1-4 cycles/minute with complete comfort. This parasympathetic state is a must for deep recovery and rejuvenation.  

INCREASES BREATH HOLD ABILITY UP TO 400%

This program is not traditional free dive training where maximum breath holds are practiced, however your breath hold will inprove dramatically. For those who surf, train in the surf or like to indulge in free diving, this training will have you feeling much calmer and more confident 'under' waves and in big, rough surf conditions.

Besides the physical changes that take place to allow an extended breath hold, mental strength and confidence dramatically improves which is a fantastic attribute when dealing with wipeouts, hold downs and scenarios which see you struggling for the surface. It will also give you the advantage in sports where intermittent breath holding is necessary, for example when body surfing during surf lifesaving events.

Components of the training activate a reflex within the body known as the 'mammalian diving reflex'. This creates a physiological change which decreases oxygen consumption through reduced heart rate, a blood shift etc. Over time once this reflex has been activated you will find it a great asset to extending ones breath whenever the need arises.  

INCREASES THE STRENGTH AND FUNCTION OF THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

Inefficient respiratory systems can attribute to ailments becoming noticeable at an early age. These may include:

  • Respiratory Disorders and disease;               Migraine headaches; 
  • Colds and flu;                                                  Bronchitis; 
  • Digestive disorders;                                       Heart disorders; 
  • High blood pressure;                                     Fainting and 
  • Immune deficiencies.

A majority of the time the symptoms of these ailments are treated by the use of drugs and with no focus placed on correct nutrition. Often this creates an even more toxic environment for the body to combat and then operate within. By addressing the cause of the problem (usually resulting from a form of stress) rather than the effect, we begin by allowing the body to return to the very basic and natural way in which it was designed to operate i.e. a constant state of health.

Breathing effectively is the starting point, addressing the body from a cellular perspective, each cell needing a rich source of oxygen to be able to operate at its (and therefore your) potential.

DECREASES STRESS - PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL AND/OR OTHER

The first thing to change under stress is breathing, creating a number of imbalances, in particular the heart rate and heart biorhythms. Under stress a higher heart rate results in higher brainwave activity. This significantly reduces cognitive processes, potentially resulting in anxiety and unclear thinking, ineffective memory recall, disruptive behaviour and a gradual decline in hormonal balance. B.E.T teaches the most effective 'natural' way to deal with stress. 

INCREASES ANAEROBIC THRESHOLDS

Athletic performance is largely governed by anaerobic threshold i.e. the ability to operate when the activity rate utilises more oxygen than the body can provide to the working muscles. This inefficiency does not allow enough Adenosine Tri Phosphate (ATP) production, the 'energy currency' of living systems. ATP is crucial to the life of all cells and has the essential function of providing energy for cellular activities. An insufficient uptake of oxygen also slows the removal of excess carbon dioxide, lactic acid is created and glycogen stores are depleted. When B.E.T is practiced consistently the trainee may experience a greater ability to deal with higher levels of CO2, lactic acid and their anaerobic threshold may be extended.

INCREASES TOLERANCE TO ELEVATED LEVELS OF CARBON DIOXIDE & LACTIC ACID

Increasing levels of toxic Carbon Dioxide in the body are brought about by either physical exertion and/or mental stress and they both have an immediate effect on breathing. It can create lactic acid build up within muscle and higher acidity within the blood. To improve our tolerance to this, components of the Breath Enhancement Training rapidly increase levels of carbon dioxide over short, safe periods of time, ensuring the body can adapt and a greater tolerance results.

Ability to deal with stress whether physical or mental is greatly enhanced. B.E.T will improve the way in which Oxygen is released from haemoglobin as it is transported about the body and decreases the chances of excess Carbon Dioxide building up within the tissues, creating an acidic environment where oxygen will not be readily absorbed into the blood. 

INCREASES AVAILABILITY OF OXYGEN

Practiced consistentl, the training will see a series of chemical processes are enhanced which will increase the amount of oxygen available to the body's cells, tissues, organs and the brain.

INCREASES IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTION AND STRENGTH

Breath Enhancement Training increases oxygenation of cells, strengthening the immune system immensely. The benefits come about in the same way that muscles strengthen from a weights workout, momentarily the cells will by weakened by the training but they quickly adapt and a stronger version emerges. Many diseases (i.e. bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory related diseases), viruses and bacteria, even the likes of cancer do not survive in highly oxygenated environments, so your susceptibility to them taking hold can be dramatically reduced and quality of life enhanced. 

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